Daily Digest - October 17, 2018

“What would happen if the entire church was oriented around spiritual formation rooted in meaning?” – The Rev. Brian McLaren, author and theologian.


NEWS AND FEATURES

McLaren urges churches to get into alignment 
DES MOINES, Iowa (UMNS) — Facing upheaval, churches must rethink everything they are doing and focus on spiritual formation, author Brian McLaren tells Christian educators. Tim Tanton has the story.
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Embracing curiosity can help church, educators say
DES MOINES, Iowa (UMNS) — People are nervous as the 2019 General Conference approaches, but asking questions and listening for God’s voice can lower anxiety levels, say leaders with Christians Engaged in Faith Formation. Tim Tanton reports. 
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Ask The UMC
Has the church always had an official symbol? 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The official insignia of The United Methodist Church has been the Cross and Flame since its founding in 1968. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, has more on the history of the symbol. 
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Oklahoma Conference
Facing racism with grace and truth

OKLAHOMA CITY — What started as a civil rights tour on Thursday had by Sunday become something much more personal to the 44 children, women and men who experienced “Get on the Bus.” Meagan Ewton reports on the journey Oklahoma United Methodists took to examine how racism shaped American history and culture today.
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PRESS RELEASES

The Center for Faith and Service
7 United Methodist seminaries recognized

CHICAGO — Seven United Methodist seminaries have made the 2018-19 list of U.S. “Seminaries that Change the World.” The Center for Faith and Service, a think tank based at Presbyterian-related McCormick Theological Seminary, produces the list. The United Methodist institutions listed are Boston University School of Theology, Drew Theological School, Duke Divinity School, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Iliff School of Theology and Wesley Theological Seminary.
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Wespath
Pension agency touts new low-carbon investment strategy

GLENVIEW, Ill. — Wespath Benefits and Investments and BlackRock Inc. have launched a new approach to low-carbon investing. The “transition ready” strategy will focus investments on companies that are best suited and most successful during the coming transition to a low-carbon economy based on concerns about climate change. Wespath, which invests over $23 billion on behalf of United Methodist pension participants and institutions, has committed $750 million across U.S. domestic and international equity market accounts.
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