Daily Digest - January 29, 2018

'We need the fullness of God’s grace that we might be a moral voice in these troubled times. Prayers that immigrants may be comforted, hearts may be touched, that we might do what Jesus would do." 
— Bishop Minerva Carcaño speaking of negotiations on immigration reform.

Video image from “The JFON DREAMers,” courtesy of Justice for Our Neighbors




Bishop: Immigration plan needs care and prayers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — As the U.S. government works on immigration reform, church leaders emphasize keeping families together and caring for all God’s children. “Dreamers are not villains,” said United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño. Kathy L. Gilbert reports. 
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Michigan Conference story about church offering sanctuary

Denomination's membership tops 12.5 million

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church’s global membership exceeds 12.5 million, according to the most recent figures available to the General Council on Finance and Administration. Heather Hahn reports on numbers used to calculate General Conference delegations. 
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Read press release on General Conference delegates

Missouri Conference
Dawning of The Light in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Rev. Andrew Moyer was an atheist before coming to a relationship with Christ as an adult. He believes growing up as an atheist may help him reach people outside the church. Fred Koenig reports what Moyer is doing with The Light, a new United Methodist church start.
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South Carolina Conference
Small church, big outreach

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Bethel United Methodist is a small church with a big heart, and it’s doing some bold things for its community in the name of Jesus. Jessica Brodie has the story.
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Advocacy group moves headquarters

DETROIT — Methodist Federation for Social Action, an unofficial United Methodist advocacy group, announced that it is moving its main office from Washington to Central United Methodist Church in Detroit. The group also is looking for a new executive director.
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Be accountable like Jesus

CASPER, Wyo. — Accountability starts close to home, writes church consultant the Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter. “It’s about taking responsibility for fulfilling our own giftedness and maximizing our own potential,” she says. “Just as Jesus was accountable to the Father for fulfilling his call, we, too, are called to live fully into the gifts we have received.”
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Conferences near goal for Congo rape survivors' center



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Monday, Feb. 12-Sunday, Feb. 25 

Online class: World Religions

Monday, Feb. 12-Wednesday, Feb. 28 

Online course: Understanding PTSD and suicide prevention


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