Daily digest - October 10, 2019

“It made us all think about how we treat other people and it opened a lot of people’s eyes about being more kind, being more generous, being more thoughtful.”Dan Jorgensen, a friend of Dennis Valstad and the executor of his will.


Mourners surprised by cut of estate

RIPON, Wisc. (UM News) — Dennis Valstad was a quiet, dedicated Ripon Emmanuel United Methodist Church volunteer who arranged one last good deed that stayed hidden until six weeks after his death — a bequest of $500,000 to be divided among those who attended his funeral. Jim Patterson has the story.
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General Council on Finance and Administration
Steve Lambert, general counsel, died Oct. 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Steve Lambert, who served as general counsel at the General Council on Finance and Administration since 2014, died Oct. 6. He was 72. Staff from General Council on Finance and Administration and other agencies paid tribute to his contributions. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. CDT Oct. 19 at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. 
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Great Plains Conference
Bishop preaches ahead NFL game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. will be the preacher Oct. 13 for a special worship service in the parking lot outside Arrowhead Stadium prior to kickoff of the pro football game. The service is part of a partnership between the Kansas City Chiefs and United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.
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Perkins School of Theology 
Conference offers ʽLatinx Public Witness’

DALLAS — A sold-out crowd attended “The Art of Resilience: Latinx Public Witness in Troubled Times,” a two-day conference put on by Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology and Meadows School of the Arts. Theologians, artists, musicians and dramatists shared on a range of subjects, including deportation and immigration. 
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Memphis and Tennessee Conferences
New annual conference considering name 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — What do you name a ministry area that combines barbecue and hot chicken, Southern soul and country music? Oct. 14 is the deadline to submit possible names for the new conference that will result when the Memphis and Tennessee conferences unite. 
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Goldin Institute
Chicago church hosts Peace Makers’ Sabbath

CHICAGO — More than 200 people spent a breezy Sunday learning about meditation, massage therapy, yoga and tai chi at the Passport 2 Peace event at Maple Park United Methodist Church. Robert Biekman has the story.
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Peace as a lifelong vocation

Series: Singing the spirit in Cuba


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Online class: Divinity of Christ in earliest Christianity 

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