Daily Digest - January 12, 2017

"There is a growing movement across the church to provide sanctuary for people who could be negatively impacted by polices of the incoming administration and Congress." — Susan Burton, Board of Church and Society director.

Affirming Wesleyan values as Trump takes office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodists from across the country plan to have house parties on the evening of Jan. 20 to pray and talk about ways to affirm Wesleyan values and explore challenges ahead as the 45th president takes office. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
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40 United Methodists in new U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The overall number of United Methodists in the U.S. Congress has dipped to 40, but at least two appointees to President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet are United Methodists. Albert J. Menendez reports. 
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Iowa group helps man get legal residency

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (UMNS) — Through the work of United Methodist Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors and support from Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador was able to get legal residency. Now, he can stay in the U.S. with his wife and family without fear of deportation.
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Getting beyond 'fast food' Christian books

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UMNS) — A lot of Christian books offer the theological equivalent of fast food, writes the Rev. Teddy Ray, a United Methodist pastor in Lexington, Kentucky. He shares his list of Christian books that are more comparable to fine dining. 
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Contest recognizes men's ministries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Men welcomes submissions to its third annual contest to recognize the most outstanding local church, district and conference ministries to men. The deadline for entries is Feb. 1.
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Disability Awareness Sunday is Feb. 5

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church has designated the first Sunday in February as Disability Awareness Sunday. The Commission on Disability Concerns offers a downloadable kit to assist with worship planning and ideas for observing the day. The Rev. Leo Yates Jr. reports for the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
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Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. 

Sunday, Jan. 15

Human Relations Day — United Methodist communities come together on Human Relations Day to invest in those in need of hope and an opportunity to thrive. The offerings from this Special Sunday support after-school programs, prison outreach, gang intervention, youth development and other important ministries. Get resources

Monday, Jan. 16

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day — United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers worship and historical resources for celebrating the U.S. civil rights leader who taught that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Get resources

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