Daily Digest — September 17, 2015

“With a united voice, the European Methodist Council calls on our fellow citizens across the continent to join us in reflection and action.” – Letter from European Methodist Council on refugee crisis in Europe.

Welcoming refugees as ‘fellow pilgrims’ in Europe

RUSE, Bulgaria (UMNS) – As refugees continue to trek across Europe, Methodist leaders are recognizing that church members there may “experience and interpret” the effects of that migration in different ways. But a pastoral letter from the European Methodist Council said that those who play on people’s fears must be challenged, encouraging support to those in need. Linda Bloom reports.
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Poll: Small changes in church homosexuality views

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – Have the views of U.S. United Methodists on same-sex nuptials changed since the Supreme Court legalized such marriages across the country? The short answer is some, but not much. Heather Hahn reports on the findings of surveys of United Methodists pastors and laity taken before and after the landmark ruling.
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Seven decades of product diversity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – Since its inception, United Methodist Communications has produced and published a plethora of products, promotions, news stories, publications, and video and audio productions for church members. Cindy Solomon writes about the highlights of that work over the agency’s 75 years.
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Neither wind, nor rain stop these camps

KINGSTON, Okla. (UMNS) – On the last night of summer’s final youth camp, Ed Parker watched 29 teens signify that they felt called to ministry. Holly McCray of the Oklahoma Conference follows up on a rough summer when United Methodists improvised transportation to flood-sodden camps and worked quickly to replace a wind-tossed cross.
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United Methodist flotilla gets campers across

Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 17-19
Game Changers Summit 2015 – The United Methodist Communications-sponsored conference on Information and technology for development will be at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Technology and communication leaders from around the globe will speak and train on developing communication strategy to aid the social good throughout the developing world. $299. Group and student discounts available. Details

Saturday, Sept. 19
Cancer Prevention and Sickle Cell Disease Intervention workshop, sponsored by Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Men
– 9 a.m. to noon PDT at Hollypark United Methodist Church, 13000 S. Van Ness Ave., Gardena, California. Free mammogram screenings will be offered until 2 p.m. Details 

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.

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