Daily Digest - July 27, 2017

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"While terrorism should be quelled, it should be done without sacrificing civil liberties and the rights of the people.” — Liza A. Cortez, a Filipino United Methodist, on martial law in Mindanao.

United Methodists decry Mindanao martial law

MANILA, Philippines (UMNS) — Bishops and other United Methodists have joined in demonstrations and calls to end martial law in Mindanao. Gladys Mangiduyos has the story. 
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Science Mike brings religion, science together

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UMNS) — Science Mike is not a preacher or theologian, but he answers questions about faith and science in ways that seekers and searchers can understand. Science Mike, aka Mike McHargue, a member of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, has a podcast that receives upwards of 6,500 downloads a day. Suzanne McGovern reports. 
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Way Forward Commission issues status update

WASHINGTON — The Commission on a Way Forward has released a slideshow status report on its work to foster unity in The United Methodist Church amid divisions on issues related to human sexuality.
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Read UMNS coverage of last meeting 
Way Forward gets input on church future 

Longtime Asbury professor dies at 87

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kenneth Kinghorn, who taught church history at Asbury Theological Seminary for more than 50 years, died July 23, at age 87. Kinghorn also taught in The United Methodist Church’s Appalachian Lay Pastors School, raised funds to support graduate students in academic and theological vocations and was a prolific author.
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New Jersey church reaches Arabic speakers

BAYONNE, N.J. — The Rivers of Life congregation, part of Wesley United Methodist Church, is reaching Arabic-speaking immigrants in and around New York City. The Rev. Doug Ruffle of Discipleship Ministries writes about how the church’s pastor made a connection with a new worshipper.
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Showing church connections with quilt

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina United Methodists wanted to provide a visual, tactile way to show the strength of their connection. They plan to craft a “Me to We” quilt that will have squares representing every major ministry in South Carolina’s 12 districts. Jessica Brodie of the South Carolina Conference reports. 
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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, Aug. 4

Registration deadline for Summer Preaching Seminar: Getting to Grace — 1 p.m. CDT. United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road, Dayton, Ohio. Paul Scott Wilson, professor of homiletics at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto, will explore theological and practical matters of preaching grace. Other presenters include Joni Sancken, associate professor of homiletics at United; Richard Eslinger, professor emeritus of worship and homiletics at United; and Elise Eslinger, compiler and editor of "The Upper Room Worshipbook." This three-day seminar provides practical information that can be immediately applied to preaching. This seminar is eligible for 1.4 CEUs. Details

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