Daily Digest: January 9, 2014

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“There is extreme poverty in the city of Chicago that concerns us, and we pray that we may walk more closely with those who are out in the cold, those who are homeless and those who have no food.” — Chicago Area Bishop Sally Dyck at the Ministry with the Poor roundtable.

Mobilizing in Ministry with the Poor

CHICAGO (UMNS) — The church reaches out to the poor in many ways, but some United Methodist leaders are re-examining how the church ministers with the poor and if it can do better. To look for strategic answers, nearly 40 clergy, laity, agency and nonprofit leaders gathered recently in Chicago at the second of two Ministry with the Poor roundtables.
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Revived Oklahoma City church renames itself

OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) — For an urban Oklahoma City church, New Year’s Day bestowed a new name, clearly a sign of the new life emerging at The Christ Experience (formerly Christ United Methodist Church). Holly McCray of the Oklahoma Annual (regional) Conference shares the story of this reinvigorated multi-ethnic congregation.
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Church offers respite aid to homeless after hospitalizations

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (UMNS) — Most people who leave a hospital go into the arms of family and home to rest and recuperate. People who do not have homes may be discharged onto the streets. The Haywood Street Congregation, a United Methodist church, is aiming to change that with the opening of Haywood Street Respite. The Asheville Citizen-Times has the story.
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Restorative Justice Weekend

HOUSTON (UMNS) – Christ United Methodist Church in Sugar Land, Texas, near Houston, will host a Restorative Justice Weekend Feb. 22-23. Speakers from Alpha Prison Fellowship and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will discuss the Houston Area Prisons and Jail Offensive. Jim Liske, president of Prison Fellowship Ministries, and Paul Cowley of Alpha International, London, will preach at worship services.

A look at the path of Methodism

MADISON, N.J. (UMNS) — Are you looking for a quick primer on the story of The United Methodist Church? Here is how the denomination came to be and the people and issues that are part of its heritage.
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13 unusual scholarship opportunities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Are you a high school or college student looking for scholarships to pay your tuition? Many scholarship restrictions can make it hard to find students who fit the criteria. The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry found 13 unusual possibilities.
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Starting the new year poised for growth

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The Rev. Wade Griffith, pastor of Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Ala., suggests four things church leaders can do now that will pay dividends throughout the year. Wesley Theological Seminary’s Lewis Center for Church Leadership shares his commentary.
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Moving forward and looking back — communication is aid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — “Communication is a form of aid when the need to communicate is critical to saving lives,” writes the Rev. Larry Hollon, top executive of United Methodist Communications, in the second part of a series on how technology and communication shape the church.
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