Daily Digest - February 25, 2016

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“By holding one another in prayer, the pain and the joy and the frustration will all be shared with God. In prayer, we can do what we believe — rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” — The Rev. Tom Albin, dean of The Upper Room Chapel.


Praying for GC2016: What will happen?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — When the 864 delegates arrive for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, each one comes blanketed in prayer. The Rev. Tom Albin, director of the church’s Upper Room, invites all United Methodists to blanket the entire proceeding with intentional prayer. Kathy Gilbert reports.
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Bishop visits Kenyan district

MOHETO, Kenya (UMNS) — The South Nyanza District in west Kenya recently had its first visit by an episcopal leader, some 16 years after the district’s creation. Bishop Daniel Wandabula came for the installation of the Rev. Kennedy Thomas Mwita as superintendent. The Rev. Wilton T.A. Odango reports.

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Slain United Methodist teen seen as national hero

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Zaevion Dobson, age 15, died when he used his body to shield three girls from gang-related gunfire. His sacrifice has received recognition from President Barack Obama and CBS, which featured Dobson’s heroism in a video during the Super Bowl. Annette Spence of the Holston Conference reports on what his congregation says should be done in Dobson’s memory.
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Methodists in Fiji respond to cyclone

GENEVA (WCC) — Methodists in Fiji are sharing relief information and organizing volunteers in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston, which killed at least 29 people and left more than 13,000 in shelters. The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, top executive of the World Council of Churches, sent letters of support to both the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma and the Fiji Council of Churches.
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Bishop Carcaño to preach at National Cathedral

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, who leads the California-Pacific Conference, will be the guest preacher Feb. 28 at the Washington National Cathedral for its Holy Eucharist Service. The service is expected to be shown live online.
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Free course on General Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Communications offers “Exploring General Conference,” a free online course designed to help participants learn more about the official decision-making body of The United Methodist Church. The course is ongoing through June 30.

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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.



The month of March ─ Women’s History Month. The United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women offers worship resources.


Tuesday, March 1

Deadline to register for the seminar "Churches Respond to Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Older Adults” ─ 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST Thursday, March 10, at Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, Tennessee. The Rev. Richard H. Gentzler Jr. will lead. Details | Registration

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