“Even in the history of Pakistan, this was the most horrible attack on Christians.” —
Insar Gohar on the bombing of All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Making a Christian commitment in Pakistan
NEW YORK (UMNS) — Like most Christians in Pakistan, Insar Gohar can trace his family’s faith commitment back at least four generations. But that heritage — spread by missionaries during British rule in the second half of the 19th century — also sets Christians apart in the eyes of Pakistan’s majority Muslim population, he says. Linda Bloom has the story.
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Hoop-A-Thon scores big
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (UMNS) — The goal of shooting a basketball is to put a ball through the net. The goal of Imagine No Malaria is to provide nets to keep mosquitoes from getting through. St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Toms River achieves each of those goals each year with its Hoop-A-Thon. Jeff Wolfe has the story for the Greater New Jersey Conference.
10 creative ways to explore a Bible passage
MOBILE, Ala. (UMNS) — The Bible is the word of God and the source of spiritual life, but sometimes it can be hard to understand. In those moments, it helps to have a tool to help unlock the meaning or simply keep us engaged. Jeremy Steele offers some creative options.
Exhibit on Passover Haggadah at Emory
ATLANTA (UMNS) — Pitts Theology Library at Emory University's Candler School of Theology has a new exhibit, “Reading the Telling: The Passover Haggadah Across Time and Place,” highlighting this compilation of biblical passages, prayers, hymns and rabbinic literature read during the Jewish Passover Seder. The exhibit, which opened March 7, will run through June 30 in the Pitts Exhibit Gallery.
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Lent-Easter quiz: Easter hymns
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — What Easter hymn did Charles Wesley write? Test your knowledge of the season each weekday from now until Good Friday.
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Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Digest in the subject line.
Wednesday, March 16
Integrating Clinical Wisdom and Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy — 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio. Featured speakers are: Vergel Lattimore, president of Hood Theological Seminary, and Jill Snodgrass, assistant professor of pastoral counseling at Loyola University Maryland and co-editor of the book “Understanding Pastoral Counseling.” Continuing education credits are available for a $35 fee. Advance registration is required. Register.
Wednesday-Friday, March 16-18
"Finding our Way Forward: Learning from our Evangelical United Brethren Heritage and Discerning the Future” — North Central College, 30 North Brainard Street, Naperville, Illinois. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and North Central College are co-hosting this heritage symposium. The event will explore how the history of the Evangelical United Brethren Church offers guidance for the future. Guest speakers include Lallene J. Rector, president of Garrett-Evangelical. Details.