Daily Digest - July 21, 2017

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"We came to speak on behalf of continuing Medicaid coverage for the most vulnerable citizens of our nation." — Bishop Peggy Johnson, on offering prayers at an interfaith protest of proposed Medicaid cuts. 

Bishops offer prayers at protest 

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. — Bishop Peggy Johnson and retired Bishop Violet Fisher offered prayers at a July 18 protest against proposed Medicaid cuts. About a dozen Eastern Pennsylvania Conference pastors joined in the interfaith event, held outside a congressman’s office. John W. Coleman reports.
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Conferences promote sports for health

HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — United Methodists from the two conferences in Zimbabwe competed in a sports event aimed at promoting exercise for women to improve health. Kudzai Chingwe has the story. 
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2017 annual conference reports 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist News Service is posting all annual conference reports. New this week are: Arkansas, Northwest Texas, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, Wisconsin and Yellowstone.
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Social Principles revision process underway

WASHINGTON — The United Methodist Board of Church and Society has undertaken the first comprehensive revision of the United Methodist Social Principles since the guidelines were adopted in 1970. At the direction of the General Conference 2016, the proposed revisions will be presented to General Conference 2020. Writing teams have been named and will meet from July to October.
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Abingdon presents inspirational writing award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Abingdon Press, the trade imprint of The United Methodist Publishing House, announced that the James W. Moore Award for Inspirational Writing will be presented to the Rev. Jessica LaGrone, dean of chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary. The $2,500 award is for her book “The Rewritten Life: When God Changes Your Story.” 
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5 ways to evaluate vacation Bible school

TUCKER, Ga. — The crafts and decorations may be packed away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s vacation Bible school plans. The North Georgia Conference offers five ways to evaluate the success of a VBS program. 
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Looking ahead

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.

Friday, July 28-Sunday, July 30

Native American Conference — Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. The Native American Conference includes a spiritual walk around the lake and a chance to learn about substance abuse, historical trauma and health issues. Reservations can be made at [email protected] or 800-222-4930. Details

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