Daily Digest: July 23, 2014

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“We have heard your call for solidarity from the ecumenical movement and our member churches in Russia to do all we can so that the finding and identifying of the bodies can take place as quickly as possible, and so that a proper investigation into the crash may be conducted.” – Isabel Apawo Phiri, World Council of Churches, in a letter to Dutch churches.

Reevaluating John Wesley's time in Georgia
DALLAS (UMNS) — Geordan Hammond’s “John Wesley in America: Restoring Primitive Christianity” is the first book devoted to the period in which Methodism’s founder served as a young pastor in the colony of Georgia. Hammond challenges the long-held view that Wesley’s ministry there was a failure.

Read a Q&A with Hammond and post a comment

WCC sends post-crash message to Dutch churches
GENEVA (UMNS) — A message from the World Council of Churches to its member churches in the Netherlands offered “sincere condolences” to the families of some 193 Dutch passengers who lost their lives in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine and encouraged support from the ecumenical family and Russian churches.

Read message

Iowa United Methodists to protest deportations
DES MOINES, Iowa (UMNS) — The Trinity Las Americas United Methodist Church in Des Moines is planning to send a group to the White House soon to demand an end to deportations of Central American children and families, and they're prepared to get arrested for civil disobedience. “It’s troubling for a person, like myself, who is a parent or grandparent, and persons who have children to imagine (that) children would put themselves through an arduous journey to travel up to 45 days for the simple chance of freedom,” said Bishop Julius Trimble. KCCI, the CBS affiliate in Des Moines, has the story.

Watch video and read story

UMTV: Justice for Our Neighbors aids ‘Lost Boy’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist-related Justice For our Neighbors is an advocacy and support group that provides legal help for immigrants and refugees. Church volunteers and staff attorneys work one-on-one with clients to navigate the complicated U.S. legal system. Here is how the program is helping a survivor of the Sudanese Civil War.

Watch video

After losses, Alabama town plans shelter
HARVEST, Ala. (UMNS) — A tornado struck this Alabama town in April 2011, missing the new building of CrossWinds United Methodist Church by just a quarter mile. Now the congregation is collaborating with the volunteer fire department to build a community disaster shelter. Susan Kim has the story for the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Read story

UMW event urges awareness of disabilities
LAKELAND, Fla. (UMNS) — In many cases, churchgoers and ministry leaders alike can help people with disabilities fully enjoy worship, attendees were told during a “Mission u” event at Florida Southern College. Susan Green of the Florida Annual (regional) Conference shares ideas from the event sponsored by United Methodist Women in Florida.

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World Methodist Evangelism names new director
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UMNS) — World Methodist Evangelism, part of the World Methodist Council, has announced that the Rev. Kimberly Reisman of West Lafayette, Indiana, will be its new world director beginning Sept. 1. She will follow the Rev. Eddie Fox, who is retiring after 25 years.

Read press release

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