Daily Digest - October 9, 2017

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"If the bishop or the pastor says this is good, people believe it." — Dr. Olusimbo Ige, executive director of Global Health for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, on the role the church plays in disseminating health information.

Church networks reach remote corners for health care

STUTTGART, Germany (UMNS) — The church continues to have a unique role to play in global health care through an infrastructure that reaches the most remote corners of society, one speaker at an international United Methodist health forum said. Vicki Brown has the story. 
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Planning the special General Conference

GALLANT, Ala. (UMNS) — The Commission on General Conference, meeting at a United Methodist camp, approved plans for the special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis. Heather Hahn reports.
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A less destructive hurricane

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama-West Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana conferences report no damage to United Methodist churches from Hurricane Nate. Some Gulf coast churches canceled worship or moved to online worship only because of Nate, which made a second U.S. landfall early on Oct. 8, as a Category 1 hurricane.
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Turning church over to the children

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Rev. Corey Nelson and his small team have had so many children come through Grace United Methodist Church since they started ministering to their troubled southern Louisville neighborhood in 2013 that they finally took what they see as the next logical step. They turned Grace over to the kids. Alan Wild reports for the Kentucky Conference. 
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Commentary: JFON embraces immigrants

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Justice for Our Neighbors, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, helps low-income immigrants and refugees navigate the complex U.S. legal system. National JFON executive director Rob Rutland-Brown writes that the group is “guided by a vision that all immigrants should be warmly welcomed in the United States by caring and compassionate neighbors with open hearts and minds. And we are grateful that The United Methodist Church is helping lead the way.”
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New book explores Methodism's origins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Rev. Ted A. Campbell, who teaches at Perkins School of Theology, is the author of the new book “Encoding Methodism: Telling and Re-Telling Narratives of Wesleyan Origins.” The book, published by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, tells of Methodism’s founding and the movement’s distinctive religious identity.
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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.

Tuesday, Oct. 10

Community Transformation: Leading Ministry and Gentrification — 7-8  p. m. CDT. This virtual meeting explores general community information to help congregational leaders gain a greater understanding of needs, challenges, discipleship practices and ministry opportunities in changing communities. The webinar from Discipleship Ministries will explore what the focus of the church should be and where church should begin to develop its outreach mission. Details

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