Daily Digest - October 24, 2016

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“We want to respond to as many disasters as we can.” — The Rev. Jack Amick, United Methodist Committee on Relief.


UMCOR grants target U.S. flooding

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Nearly $2 million for disaster response funding for flooding in four U.S. states was approved during the annual fall board meeting of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Linda Bloom has the story.

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Bishops name commission members

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Council of Bishops has announced the 32 United Methodists who will serve on the commission charged with bridging the denomination’s deep divisions on homosexuality and fostering church unity. The group includes eight bishops, 13 other clergy and 11 laity. Heather Hahn reports.

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World Series challenge for Haiti

CHICAGO (UMNS) — Fans of the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have waited a long time to see their teams in the World Series. Now, the two sides can face off in a friendly, cross-conference challenge to help raise money for hurricane relief and recovery efforts in Haiti. Anne Marie Gerhardt of the Northern Illinois Conference and Rick Wolcott of the East Ohio Conference have the details.
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Famed Duke theologian preaches at celebration

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (UMNS) — To mark 60 years and growing, Aldersgate United Methodist Church welcomed renowned theologian Stanley Hauerwas of Duke Divinity School as its guest preacher over the weekend. During his sermon, Hauerwas noted how times have changed from when the church was founded in 1956.

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Bishop tours North Carolina storm damage

LUMBERTON, N.C. (UMNS) — Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, North Carolina Conference, stepped out into the devastation left by Hurricane Matthew to pray with those still in early recovery. Derek Leek, director of communications for the conference, has the story and photos.

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Laura Linney headlines Methodist Healthcare luncheon

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UMNS) — Award-winning actress Laura Linney has an upcoming starring role at the annual Methodist Cancer Center Luncheon. The benefit, which supports the work of the Methodist Healthcare Foundation, will be Oct. 28 at the Peabody Hotel. Linney will discuss her family’s battle with cancer.

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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. Oct. 25

Webinar Healthy Families Series: “(Physical Health) Nurturing Active Families” — 2 p.m. CDT. This interactive webinar deals with how families can grow together through play, movement and healthy nutrition. Led by Wespath’s Center for Health, with the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women contributing. Details


Tuesday, Nov. 1

Deadline to register for annual Women’s Forum: Sara Miles on “Breaking Bread With a Broken World” on Thursday, Nov. 3 — The Women, Theology and Ministry program at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology will present Sara Miles, writer and founder/director of The Food Pantry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. She is the author of “Take This Bread,” “Jesus Freak” and “City of God.” The event will be at Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1660 Decatur Road, Atlanta. Free, but registration required. Details

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