Daily Digest - July 1, 2016

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“I meet Jesus daily at Bethany.” — Retired United Methodist Bishop Kenneth Carder, on serving as interim chaplain at the Bethany memory care unit.



Retired bishop is memory care chaplain

WHITE ROCK, S.C. (UMNS) — Retired Bishop Kenneth Carder once led entire conferences of The United Methodist Church. Now, at age 75, he’s interim chaplain at Bethany, a memory care facility whose 40 residents include his wife, Linda. Carder says the experience has been rewarding and has convinced him the church must do more for dementia patients and their families. Sam Hodges reports.
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Wesleyan Covenant Association announced

CHICAGO (UMNS) — A new United Methodist group is forming for congregations and members who hold the denomination’s teachings on human sexuality as orthodox Christianity. The Wesleyan Covenant Association will be a member-based network of United Methodist congregations, clergy and laity. The group will have its first conference Oct. 7 in Chicago, less than a month before the first Council of Bishops meeting of the quadrennium.
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WCC meeting focuses on peace, justice issues

TRONDHEIM, Norway (WCC) — The World Council of Churches Central Committee affirmed its ecumenical witness for peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians and called for a look at religion and violence during a June 22-28 meeting in Norway. The council also asked churches to work against human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants and welcomed new member churches. United Methodist Bishop Mary Ann Swenson is the committee’s co-vice moderator.
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Russian church shows how to attract youth

TYUMEN, Russia (UMNS) — Members of Salvation United Methodist Church in Tyumen realized they needed more young people in church. The Rev. Katya Zubkova, the church’s pastor, shares how the church grew its youth group.
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Archivist scholarship recipient named

MADISON, N.J. (UMNS) — Desiree Alaniz is the 2016 recipient of the Josephine Forman Scholarship, administered by the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History in partnership with the Society of American Archivists. The scholarship provides financial support to ethnic minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science and promotes diversity in the field.
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More photos of flooding in West Virginia

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (UMNS) — New photos have been added to the slideshow of damage and relief work in West Virginia.
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No Daily Digest on July Fourth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Daily Digest will take a vacation on July Fourth. Please have a safe and enjoyable holiday.


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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.


Friday-Sunday, July 8-10

Upper Room’s “Journey to the Table” — The Upper Room is introducing a new ministry of spiritual formation for young adults, Journey to the Table. Registration is now open for the program, which will be held at Scarritt-Bennett Retreat Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Registration is $200 but scholarships are available. Details

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