Daily Digest - February 1, 2017

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Slideshow: Singing the spirit in Cuba

Experience some of the lively worship and glimpses of Cuban life with a selection of photos by UMNS photographer Mike DuBose, set to music by Cuban Methodist worship leader Rosmery Díaz.
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Record number of conferences give 100 percent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — A record 27 of the 56 U.S. United Methodist conferences paid 100 percent of requested apportionments in 2016. Heather Hahn reports on how the church is seeing record giving even at a time when some worry for the denomination’s future.
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Video series offers 'all God's children' message

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Brittney Jackson Brown says she’s tired of being labeled by the unusual color of her skin when she arrives at a United Methodist church. The 28-year-old is among the young United Methodists featured in a new Vital Conversations series from the Commission on Religion and Race that debuts online on Feb. 7. Tim Ghianni reports.
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Commentary: History of a welcoming faith

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Ministry with migrants and refugees is one of the oldest expressions of Methodist mission, writes Thomas Kemper, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.  “Our predecessors in the United States and today’s international United Methodist Church have welcomed generation after generation of migrants from many nations, including refugees of different faiths to the United States.”
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Women's commission unveils new website

CHICAGO (UMNS) — The United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women has unveiled its newly designed website, equipped with resources to advocate for women’s full participation in the life of The United Methodist Church.
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Jersey City churches find creative fixes

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (UMNS) – Faced with smaller attendance and growing debt, Christ United Methodist Church here plans to tear down its building in favor of a new, mixed-use structure that will serve the congregation while providing low-cost senior housing and other mission and revenue opportunities. Other local United Methodist churches face “regenerative” challenges and opportunities, reports Josh Kinney for the Greater New Jersey Conference.
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Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Webinar on special-needs worship — 6 to 7 p.m. CST. Elizabeth Christie, a United Methodist Christian educator, will lead the free webinar “Worship Is for Everyone: Setting the Stage to Better Include Those with ADHD and Autism.” Christie is also a certified special education teacher. The webinar is offered by the ecumenical Practical Resources for Churches. Register

Saturday, Feb. 7

Trustees: What’s my role? — 7 p.m. CST. This webinar will help provide trustees with key tools for managing current and future property. The United Methodist Discipleship Ministries webinar will also be available in the archives for those who cannot attend the live event. Details

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