“We have worked, lived and slept transition for the last two years and now to be here and to be able to celebrate is just something very special.” — Thomas Kemper, top executive for Global Ministries.
Mission agency completes Atlanta move
ATLANTA (UMNS) — During an Oct. 20 dedication service and reception, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries officially celebrated its new Atlanta home in the renovated buildings of Grace United Methodist Church. The move is the result of an October 2014 decision. Linda Bloom has the story.
Bishop Alsted re-elected
FREDRIKSTAD, Norway (UMNS) — Bishop Christian Alsted has been re-elected as a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference. He talked about the impact of increased migration and the church’s homosexuality debate on ministry in his area. Karl Anders Ellingsen reports.
U.S. Rep. Cleaver talks faith, voting
DURHAM, N.C. (UMNS) — U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a United Methodist elder and congressman from Kansas City, Missouri, was recently in North Carolina to get out the vote. The Rev. Michael Rich of the Western North Carolina Conference interviewed Cleaver about his life of faith and politics. “Everybody who is a citizen should vote,” Cleaver said.
Bishop: Are you prepared to vote?
MINNEAPOLIS (UMNS) — Do you love Jesus? Do you love your neighbors? Are you prepared to vote? Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough asks these three questions as the U.S. Election Day draws near. “I urge you to go to the polls,” he writes. “Go as a citizen of the kingdom of God.”
MTSO offers special course on race and religion
CINCINNATI (UMNS) — Methodist Theological School in Ohio, a United Methodist seminary, will offer a timely graduate-level course, “Race, Religion and Nation: From Black Power to Black Lives Matter,” at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way in Cincinnati. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Jan. 9-13, 2017.
Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Digest in the subject line.
Thursday, Oct. 27
Welcome Table at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT. Events for prospective students include a campus tour, dinner and the chance to attend a class. Details
Saturday, Oct. 29
Jubalani: A Concert of Remembering and Rejoicing — 6 to 8:30 p.m. CDT at Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, Illinois. This music and arts event celebrates the launch of the Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Tickets are $20 for adults, $7 for students. Details