Daily Digest — September 22, 2015

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“I think every person can do something. People should not have to stay on the streets with no food, no water, no shelter.” — Doris Peschke, Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe

Taking long-term view on refugees

GENEVA (WCC) – European leaders continue to grapple with the thousands of refugees arriving from Syria and elsewhere. But integrating refugees into a new country is a two-way process that requires a long-term view, says the top executive of the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe. Susan Kim reports.
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Welcoming refugees as ‘fellow pilgrims’ in Europe 

‘Change the world,’ conference attendees told

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – The Rev. David Valera of the Pacific Northwest Conference told United Methodists at the Game Changers Summit how to embrace technological innovation to live out their calling to care for those in need. Joey Butler has the story.
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Gere Reist: Behind the scenes at General Conference

PORTLAND, Ore. (UMTV) – “Being at General Conference is an act of constant prayer,” says the Rev. L. Fitzgerald “Gere” Reist II. Since 2004, Reist has served as secretary of the General Conference, a gathering that sets the direction of the church for the next four years. UMTV profiles the man often seen at the forefront of the proceedings.
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Pioneering broadcast reformer dies at 102

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (UMNS) – A pioneering broadcast reformer and United Church of Christ pastor, the Rev. Everett C. Parker, died Sept. 17 at the age of 102. His legacy as an advocate for the public’s rights in broadcasting is recognized each year at the Annual Parker Lecture and Award Ceremony.
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Blind pastor gives fresh vision to church

STAYTON, Ore. (UMNS) – The Rev. Janine DeLaunay has been senior pastor of Stayton United Methodist Church since July, and she’s already deeply involved in the small community. “Oh my goodness, the things that she can do,” says a church member. Annette Utz has the story for the Statesman Journal.
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Trending local: The rise of United Methodist local pastors

SENECA ROCKS, W. Va. (UMNS) – Local pastors – non-ordained, and in most cases without a seminary degree – are growing in number and taking on more roles in The United Methodist Church. Writer Sam Hodges and photographer Mike DuBose provide coverage of the overall trend in a series that begins Sept. 28.

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.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
Upper Room Online Learning – Nine on-demand courses begin this week. The courses include studies based on the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen and Phyllis Tickle and provide an online space to dig deep into spiritual formation topics and engage with others. The Online Learning from Upper Room Ministries is designed for individuals seeking self-paced experiences and online community. Details

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

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