Daily Digest - November 23, 2015

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“As Sam and Clint were close in life and labor, and in the experience of suffering and death, the work of Sager Brown is an active, living symbol of the close relationship between relief and voluntary service.” — Thomas Kemper, Board of Global Ministries, on the dedication of the Dixon-Rabb dorm at Sager Brown.

Honoring memory, mission at Sager Brown

BALDWIN, La. (UMNS) — The new Dixon-Rabb Hall at the Sager Brown supply depot, which will allow the United Methodist Committee on Relief to respond quickly to any major disaster, is a fitting tribute to the two colleagues who lost their lives during the 2010 Haiti earthquake while engaged in mission. Linda Bloom has the story.
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Churches ready to sponsor Syrian refugee families

TOPEKA, Kan. (UMNS) — At least 35 United Methodist congregations in Kansas and Nebraska have agreed to sponsor one or more Syrian refugee families when immigration to the U.S. becomes possible, Bishop Scott J. Jones, Great Plains Conference, announced at a Nov. 20 press conference. Todd Seifert, the conference’s director of communications, reports.
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Religious leaders appeal to Mass. governor

BOSTON (UMNS) — United Methodist Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, New England Conference, was among the eight religious leaders who signed a letter written by the Massachusetts Council of Churches urging Gov. Charlie Baker to reconsider his statements regarding Syrian refugees.
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UMCOR helps refugees with winter chill in Jordan

NEW YORK (UMNS) — As winter approaches, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is providing winterization kits — food parcels, blankets, and rugs — to some of the more than half a million Syrian refugees in Jordan. The kits are being distributed through UMCOR’s partnership with International Orthodox Christian Charities. David Tereshchuk reports for UMCOR.
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WCC addresses ‘violence in name of religion’

BOGIS-BOSSEY, Switzerland (WCC) — Violence in the name of religion echoed in the distance, demanding a response, throughout the November 2015 meeting of the 25-member executive committee of the World Council of Churches. As co-vice moderator of the WCC Central Committee, United Methodist Bishop Mary Ann Swenson was one of the meeting’s leaders.
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Perkins students, faculty protest fraternities’ actions

DALLAS (UMNS) — Students and faculty at Perkins School of Theology, part of Southern Methodist University here, held an interracial vigil and march after two SMU fraternities advertised a party with stereotyped African-American images.  Perkins’ dean, the Rev.  William Lawrence, was among the speakers. The Rev. Sheron Patterson of the North Texas Conference reports.
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United Methodists and confession

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Sin is a constant struggle but when we confess our sins, we become, in the words of John Wesley, “more and more dead to sin, [and] more and more alive to God.” Joe Iovino writes for UMC.org about the United Methodist understanding of confession.
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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.

Tuesday, Dec. 1
Early-bird deadline for "Fusion: The Future of Worship in The United Methodist Church" — The gathering is scheduled Feb. 4-6, 2016, in Raleigh, North Carolina, to bring together practitioners from vital congregations and recognized expert professors to delve into current worlds of worship resources and leadership in the areas of music, worship planning and design, preaching and sacraments. The $149 registration fee will be discounted to $129 for anyone who registers by Dec. 1. Registration for seminary and course of study students is $89. Details.

Thursday, Dec. 3
Webinar "You Can Lead an Adult Study" — 7 to 8 p.m. EST. Small groups in the church have the power to bring people closer to God. Learn to use this power effectively as we discuss the skills necessary for leading adult study groups. Details.

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.

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