Daily Digest - July 26, 2017

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"TED Talks are the closest analogy to preaching in the secular world." — The Rev. Arthur Jones, associate pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas.

United Methodists embrace TED Talks

PLANO, Texas (UMNS) — TED Talks, shared via the internet and featuring renowned figures from various professions discussing ideas, are influencing on preaching and other aspects of United Methodist life. Sam Hodges reports.
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Bikes boost church growth in Sierra Leone

BO, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — Since the Bikes & Bibles program began three years ago in Sierra Leone, churches have been planted in communities that previously were Muslim or practiced traditional African religions. Phileas Jusu has the story.
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Bringing camp to city kids

ANDERSON, S.C. — The South Carolina Conference’s Camp and Retreat Ministries experimented with a way to bring the Christian camp experience to inner-city kids. Jessica Brodie has the story. 
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Church wants to share new choral anthem

NEW YORK — The Church of the Village, a United Methodist congregation in New York, commissioned a choral anthem for Pentecost and the season following. Now, the church is hoping to share the anthem, “O Great Spirit” by Nehemiah Luckett, its worship associate, with others. To get sheet music for the hymn, contact Luckett at [email protected].
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Program focuses on peace building

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eleven people participated in a 10-day travel seminar to Belfast, Ireland, as part of a collegiate ministry program focused on leadership development, peace building and conflict resolution. One goal of the program, sponsored by the Collegiate Ministry Office of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, was to provide practical tools for bringing about positive change in conflict situations.
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West Africa liaison officer named

ATLANTA — Nyamah E. Dunbar, originally from Liberia, is the new West Africa liaison officer for the mission work of The United Methodist Church, the Board of Global Ministries has announced.
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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.

Monday, Aug. 7-Thursday, Aug. 10

Festival of Wisdom and Grace — 3 p.m., EDT. Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. The Festival of Wisdom and Grace, sponsored by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Association of Older Adults, is geared toward ministries for adults 50 and older. The theme this year is "Forgiveness: Living in Grace." Speakers include the Revs. John Ed Mathison, Everett Worthington and Patricia Suggs. The registration deadline is Aug. 7. Details

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