Daily Digest - January 17, 2017

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“This building is intended to help these girls acquire education without the complication of paying for lodging.” — Pastor Rose Farhat of the new women’s dorm dedicated by United Methodist Women in Liberia.

New dormitory in Liberia to house women in need

MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS) — The United Methodist Women in Liberia will open a women’s dormitory later this year to provide free housing for young women attending schools in and around Monrovia. The project will help young women in need further their education. Julu Swen reports.
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Church offers special-needs worship service

DALLAS — Highland Park United Methodist Church has a 35-minute worship service called The Feast that’s designed for people with autism, Down syndrome and certain special needs. Elvia Limón of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Unity prayers recall Reformation

GENEVA (WCC) — The Council of Christian Churches in Germany will host this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated Jan. 18-25 worldwide. As 2017 marks the commemoration of the Reformation, the week of prayer will reflect on the legacy of the Reformation and the current spirit of reconciliation in Christ.
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Ask the UMC: Where is the church present?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The latest installment of Ask the UMC tackles the question: “Is there a structure for The United Methodist Church in Canada, Australia, Latin America and Asia?” InfoServ, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, offers a history lesson about the Methodist presence in these parts of the world.
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Wespath surveys clergy health

GLENVIEW, Ill. (UMNS) — Wespath Benefits and Investments’ Center for Health will conduct its biennial online clergy well-being survey in February. A sample of 4,000 active U.S. clergy will receive a brief online survey, which is designed to help identify clergy well-being needs and monitor any changes over time. 
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Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection.

Monday, Jan. 23

Webinar “Why churches should discuss politics” — 2 p.m. CST. In this webinar, the Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter, developer of “Creating a Culture of Renewal,” and the Rev. Scott Hughes, director of adult discipleship for Discipleship Ministries, discuss why churches should talk about politics. They will explore the relationship between theology and politics as well as several tools churches can use when discussing social and theological issues. Details

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