Daily Digest - October 2, 2017

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"We are making ourselves a partner to the greater community’s response." — The Rev. David Devereaux, senior pastor of Desert Spring United Methodist Church in Las Vegas.

After mass shooting, churchgoers offer help

LAS VEGAS (UMNS) — Even as they pray for Las Vegas, United Methodists are giving blood and preparing to respond to the long-term trauma of what’s being called the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Heather Hahn reports.
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Clergy network stands strong in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (UMNS) — The interfaith Charlottesville Clergy Collective has been a primary force containing the violence that occurred in the picturesque university town this summer. “It gave us a platform to show the community that faith has a place among us,” said the Rev. Jan Rivero, pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Richard Lord has the story.
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Church votes no weddings until all can wed

AUSTIN, Texas (UMNS) — First United Methodist Church, across the street from the Texas capitol, has taken the unusual step of voting not to have weddings in its facilities while the denomination does not permit same-gender marriage. Heather Hahn reports. 
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Duke Divinity professor to meet Pope Francis

DURHAM, N.C. — The Rev. Edgardo Colón-Emeric, a United Methodist elder and assistant professor of Christian theology at Duke Divinity School, is scheduled to have an audience with Pope Francis on Oct. 19, as part of a delegation from the Methodist-Catholic Dialogue. Colón-Emeric is providing the first Spanish translation of a document from the dialogue.
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United Methodist beacon on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (UMC.org) — Across from the U.S. Supreme Court, which begins a new session Oct. 2, stands the United Methodist Building, a Heritage Landmark. The only non-governmental building on Capitol Hill, it houses the offices of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. 
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Perkins to honor Bishop McKee

DALLAS — Bishop Michael McKee, who leads the North Texas Conference, is the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He will be honored during the annual awards banquet at 5 p.m. CST Nov. 13.
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Uniting Methodists work toward 'middle'

LEAWOOD, Kan. — About 1,000 people attended last week the meeting of Uniting Methodists, which sees its mission as bolstering the denomination’s center on human sexuality issues. Most of the group at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection were participants in the church’s Leadership Institute. David Burke of the Great Plains Conference has the story.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Friday, Oct. 6

Webinar: Where to Begin & How to Advance in Boomer Ministry — 10-11 a.m. Is your community home to a lot of retiring boomers who are unchurched? This webinar will help churches who are wanting to build a boomer ministry from the ground up or help take their present ministry to the next level. It begins by covering tools and assessments to help church leaders to develop a strategy. Details

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