Daily Digest - November 30, 2016

"We really need the church. It gives us memory. The way I understand preaching in Shona is deeper. English doesn’t get there for us." — Allan Chigumira, one of the founders of the United Methodist Church-Edmonton.


Church helps Zimbabweans keep home in Canada

EDMONTON, Alberta (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church-Edmonton, like many churches founded by Zimbabwean migrants, faces financial struggles. But a new partnership and missionary approval are hopeful signs for one such church in Canada. Vicki Brown reports with photos by Mike DuBose.
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2 opinions about Wesleyan Covenant Association


Concerns about association’s beliefs

DENVER (UMNS) — In a commentary about the Wesleyan Covenant Association meeting, the Rev. Paul Kottke raises concerns he says must be addressed “if this renewal movement is to be authentic.” He addresses gender equity, the local option, the Nicene Creed and more.
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Progressives, traditionalists find different meanings

MONUMENT, Colo. (UMNS) — While progressive and traditionalist United Methodists often use the same words, it’s pretty clear that the words do not mean the same to both groups, writes the Rev. Bob Kaylor.
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4 functions of a church choir

RICHARDSON, Texas — Brian Hehn, music minister at Arapaho United Methodist Church, has written a blog post for ChoralNet, “The Four Functions of a Church Choir.” Number one on Hehn’s list: “lead and enliven the congregation’s song.”

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Wespath gets wellness award

GLENVIEW, Ill. (UMNS) — The Center for Health, part of Wespath Benefits and Investments, received the 2016 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Silver award from the National Business Group on Health. The award recognizes innovative and comprehensive approaches to the health of employees, their families and communities.

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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. 6

Webinar "Healthy Families Series: (Spiritual Health) Experiencing God Together"

2 p.m. CST. This interactive webinar will share ways families can practice spiritual disciplines as they connect to God and each other. Details


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