Daily Digest - November 16, 2016

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"Going forward, we need to remember that our hope is not in elections or governments or presidents. Our hope is in Jesus Christ." — The Rev. Thomas Lambrecht, on healing as a nation post-election.


Churchgoers call for unity, action post-election

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — While many United Methodists offered prayers and messages of unity after the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, others called on Christians to hold leaders accountable and take action against hate. Julie Dwyer reports.

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Wisconsin releases credentialing statement

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (UMNS) — The Wisconsin Conference board of ordained ministry said in a statement that sexual orientation and gender identity are not sufficient reasons to deny clergy candidates’ call to ministry. The conference joins at least five other boards that have issued similar statements.

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Giving Tuesday is coming

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Giving Tuesday, a charitable response to “Black Friday” post-Thanksgiving sales, will be Nov. 29. Once again, United Methodist Global Ministries welcomes contributions through The Advance, the denomination’s designated giving program that allows donors to support various kinds of ministries around the globe.

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Commentary: Taking our theology seriously

ADRIAN, Mich. (UMNS) — “The present crisis in The United Methodist Church is not over those who value the theological tradition and those who do not,” writes the Rev. Christopher P. Momany, chaplain at United Methodist-related Adrian College.

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Conferences hold Act of Repentance service

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Tennessee and Memphis conferences held an Act of Repentance to acknowledge the church’s wrongs against Native Americans and other indigenous peoples.

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Ministry pairs young pastors, small churches

NEPTUNE, N.J. (UMNS) — Mosaic Ministry pairs seminary students with complementary skills sets to each work 20 hours a week as co-pastors of a small church. The students get needed practical experience, while the churches get innovative leaders who can challenge congregations in new ways. Josh Kinney reports for the Greater New Jersey Conference.
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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, Dec. 1

World AIDS Day — The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund invites people to participate in the Just Save One initiative, which aims to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through an international grant-making process. To donate


Webinar "Cradle Roll Ministry" — 7 to 8 p.m. EST. Research has shown that the everyday activities of infants and toddlers form the foundation for their later development, so it’s important for the church to minister to these youngest members of the congregation. This webinar talk about ministry that focuses on children from birth until age 3. Debbie Kolacki, a certified Christian educator and United Methodist lay servant, will lead. Details


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