Daily Digest - February 21, 2017

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“The prudent fiduciary in us has to realize how the world around us is changing and position our investments to respond to that. The transition to a low-carbon economy is already underway.” — Kirsty Jenkinson of Wespath Benefits and Investments.

Church invests in fighting climate change

GLENVIEW, Ill. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church’s pension agency is investing in solar lighting and evaluating how companies are reducing their carbon emissions. Heather Hahn reports. 
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Assistance after Mozambique cyclone

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Cyclone Dineo killed at least seven people, displaced thousands and destroyed homes, health centers and schools when it struck southern Mozambique on Feb. 15. The United Methodist Committee on Relief granted $10,000 to The United Methodist Church in Mozambique for food distribution in the Inhambane area. The Missouri Conference’s Mozambique Initiative also is in touch with the church there.
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200 years of Methodism in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (UMNS) — A special church service at En L’Eglise Methodiste de Port-Au-Prince, a large Methodist church in the center of the capital city, commemorated 200 years of Methodism in Haiti. Fred Koenig reports for the Missouri Conference.
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The loneliness of being a millennial in church

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (UMNS) — The Rev. Sarah Howell, associate minister at Centenary United Methodist Church here, laments that so few of her generation can be found in the pews on Sunday. A too-often-inward-looking church is part of the problem, she says.
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Pastor seeks to reassure immigrants

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Rev. Daniel Castillo, pastor of St. John United Methodist Church, recently led a session on immigrant rights. At a time when U.S. immigration laws dominate the national news, immigrants find themselves in a rising tide of fear. Annette Spence reports for the Holston Conference’s The Call.
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Ecumenical meeting planned

MINNEAPOLIS (UMNS) — The National Workshop on Christian Unity and the United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training will be May 1-4 in Minneapolis. The Council of Bishops offers six scholarships for young adult, first-time participants. Scholarship applications are due Tuesday, Feb. 28. 
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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.

Sunday, Feb. 26

Transfiguration Sunday — Christians around the world celebrate God’s exaltation of Jesus and anticipate their own transfiguration in Christ. United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers lectionary help. Details 

Wednesday, March 1

Ash Wednesday — Christians begin the season of Lent with the imposition of ashes. United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers worship resources and information about the holy day’s traditions. Details

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