Daily Digest - January 20, 2017

" … the incoming Secretary General's record of statesmanship leaves us hopeful that we will see advancements in our shared priorities of peace, human dignity and equality." — The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Strengthen peacemaking, new UN head urged

UNITED NATIONS (UMNS) — United Methodists are among the dozens of heads of non-governmental organizations welcoming the new leader of the United Nations through a letter organized by InterAction, with an appeal for a stepped-up U.N. role in negotiating peace around the world. Elliott Wright and Linda Bloom report.
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Desert Southwest welcoming immigrants

PHOENIX (UMNS) — The Desert Southwest Conference is working with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office to provide housing and transportation for more than 45 immigrant families. Most are refugees or people with asylum from Central America. The conference offers ways people from across the connection can help.
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New resource to aid dialogue on campus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry designed a new online resource to help leaders on college campuses to engage effectively with students about serving as faithful public witnesses in the current social and political climate.
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Praying for the president

TIPP CITY, Ohio (UMNS) — On the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Rev. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church, offers a prayer for the incoming president and the nation.
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Church part of public TV documentary

RALEIGH, N.C. (UMNS) — Wilson Temple United Methodist Church, founded in 1865, is included in a new public television documentary about Oberlin Village, a historically black area in Raleigh. The North Carolina Conference reports.
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Higher Education and Ministry staff changes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has announced four new staff appointments. Charles Ray Bailey is deputy general secretary, Karen Ward is associate general secretary of finance and administration, Crystal Banks is director of development of the Black College Fund, and Marcie Bigord is assistant director for the Office of Loans and Scholarships.
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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.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Online Workshop: Biblical Storytelling II — This workshop, which runs Jan. 30-Feb. 18, explores several storytelling genres as well as telling the biblical text, including midrash, chancel drama, first-person storytelling, puppetry and more. Anyone who is already practicing the art of storytelling, biblical or secular, is welcome; Biblical Storytelling I is not required. Course is eligible for 1.5 CEU. Details

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