Daily Digest - October 3, 2019

“Sometimes life is R-rated.” The Rev. Kenny Dickson, founder of Crossroads Faith and Film.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Edgier movies for mainstream Christians

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — Can a movie set partially in a prison with some sex and violence be popular with Christians? The Rev. Kenny Dickson, a United Methodist clergyman who is helping to promote the film “Imprisoned,” thinks many Christians should see it for the biblical lessons it imparts. Jim Patterson has the story.
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Maternal care improves at church hospitals in Congo
KAMINA, Congo (UM News) — United Methodist Lupandilo Hospital and Shungu Clinic are now better equipped to serve the community, especially pregnant women, after extensive renovations and upgrades. The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ Global Health unit provided funding for the improvements. The Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau reports.
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Church and Society
JFON: 20 years of service to immigrants

WASHINGTON — Justice for Our Neighbors, which provides legal aid to low-income immigrants and educates communities about the U.S. immigration system, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Warren Gill sat down with Rob Rutland-Brown, national executive director of JFON, for a question-and-answer session.
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Florida Conference
Ministry pictures immigrant teen experience

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — They are snapshots of a new land and a new life. They are a window into the world of immigrant teenagers — photos that might show a different way of looking at things. UMCM-Suncoast, a United Methodist ministry that addresses poverty, has trained immigrant teens in photography and now has organized a showcase of their work. Joey Johnston reports. 
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RESOURCES

Higher Education and Ministry
Limited spots available for Exploration 2019

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Exploration 2019 still has limited spots available for the Nov. 1-3 gathering at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The event creates sacred space for young adults, ages 18-26, to be in meaningful fellowship, passionate worship, theological reflection and practical workshops as they discern whether God’s call on their life is to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church and what faithful steps they can take in response. Registration is $300 to $350.
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