Daily Digest: June 17, 2014

“The (ethnic young adult) interns truly embrace what it means to live in Christian community day in and day out.” – The Rev. Neal Christie, Board of Church and Society.

Six young adults working as ethnic minority interns
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Six people, ages 19 to 21, began two months of work early in June in the Ethnic Minority Young Adult Summer Internship Program of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. However, three young adults outside the U.S. who had been accepted into the program were denied visas, said the Rev. Neal Christie, program director. Wayne Rhodes has the story.

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Syrian church leaders back humanitarian aid
ETCHMIADZIN, Armenia (UMNS) — Syrian church leaders and representatives have called for restrictions on funding humanitarian aid in Syria to be lifted, along with an end to the flow of arms and funding to all parties to the conflict. The group met June 11-12 in a consultation at the invitation of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, in cooperation with the World Council of Churches.

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July march to promote peace in Korea set for D.C.
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — United Methodists and other U.S. Christians will join the reconciliation and reunification committee of the National Council of Churches in Korea in a “Peace Rally and Prayer for Peace on the Korean Peninsula” July 25-26. Foundry United Methodist Church is the host site for the event, which takes place on the 61st anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

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History of Hymns: 'Our Parent, by Whose Name'

DALLAS (UMNS) — The Rev. F. Bland Tucker, this hymn's author, was the son of an Episcopal bishop who declined to become a bishop himself when elected in 1945. He said he was not finished with his ministry at Christ Church in Savannah, Ga. — the same church where missionary John Wesley once served as priest. C. Michael Hawn shares Tucker's story and how the hymn became No. 447 in the United Methodist hymnal.

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Faith community nurses help heal body and soul

APOPKA, Fla. (UMNS) — Faith community nurses offer educational principles as well as spiritual care and nurturing. This story about their ministry originally was published in Interpreter Magazine.

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Retelling the King Saul story
DALLAS (UMNS) — John C. Holbert, professor emeritus at United Methodist-affiliated Perkins School of Theology, is the author of a just-published novel, “King Saul,” about the Old Testament figure. “Holbert has raised not just Samuel from the dead, but Saul and all the hosts of Israel as well,” said Roy Heller, associate professor of Old Testament at Perkins, in an endorsement.

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