Daily Digest - June 28, 2016

“We renounce the small-mindedness of religious thinking that attempts to snare the servant of God in his anointed work.” — Mennonite confession about Martin Boehm


Mennonites reconnect with UMC founder

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (UMNS) — When Martin Boehm began preaching to a wider group of believers, he was ex-communicated. Now — more than 240 years later — Mennonites have renounced “the small-mindedness of religious thinking” used against the former Mennonite bishop who became a founder of the present-day United Methodist Church. Linda Bloom has the story.

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Flood relief in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (UMNS) — The West Virginia Conference has created a special relief fund and is gearing up for other efforts as West Virginia copes with flooding that claimed at least 23 lives and damaged hundreds of homes.

Read conference announcement

Read special prayer by Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball


Ohio teen dies on church trip

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — Lauren Seitz, 18, died of a rare amoeba infection after visiting the U.S. National Whitewater Center in North Carolina, while on a church youth trip. Seitz, a member of Church of the Messiah, a United Methodist congregation in Westerville, Ohio, was on a music mission tour with the congregation. The whitewater center has suspended all whitewater activities.

Read WBTV story

Read about memorial service


Prison evangelist reflects on new freedom

DES MOINES, Iowa (UMNS) — Vano Kiboko, the United Methodist who turned wrongful imprisonment into a missionary calling, recently visited the Iowa Conference. He discussed his experiences behind bars in his native Democratic Republic of Congo and his newfound freedom. “God placed me in that prison for a specific mission,” he said. The Rev. Arthur McClanahan and Brooke Pierce of the Iowa Conference report.

Read Iowa Conference story

Listen to interview with Kiboko

Read UMNS story


Bishop talks about LGBTQ inclusion resolution

PHOENIX (UMNS) — Bishop Bob Hoshibata, who leads the Desert Southwest Conference, has issued a letter addressing questions related to the conference’s recently adopted resolution for full inclusivity. The resolution calls for nondiscrimination and says the conference will not participate in judicial procedures related to the denomination’s prohibitions against the practice of homosexuality.

Read bishop’s letter

Read UMNS coverage


Seeing transformation in Cambodia

NEW YORK (UMNS) — After years working for the Central Bank in Kenya, United Methodist missionary Esther Gitobu, originally from Kenya and serving in Cambodia, tells how she now sees how even modest financial contributions can assist young adults and communities in Cambodia. The Board of Global Ministries has the video story.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.


Thursday, June 30

Deadline to register for four United Methodist Communications online courses to be offered July 6 – Aug. 17 — The courses are “Communicating Faith in the 21st Century;” “Moodle: Basic Training;” “Welcoming Ministry;” and “Your Church Website: Rethinking Your New Front Door.” Costs vary. Details


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