Daily Digest - September 26, 2017

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"This is the best drink of cold water I can imagine for someone who’s parched, and that’s why I’m here." — The Rev. Beth Ann Cook on the New Room Conference.

Banding together for a great awakening

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (UMNS) — The New Room Conference, which draws together United Methodists and other Wesleyan Christians, seeks to prepare the ground for revival in the U.S. Recovering the Wesleyan tradition of band meetings is one way it’s trying to do that. Heather Hahn has the story.
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Prison church part of Harvey recovery efforts

FORT PILLOW, Tenn. — Among the many congregations packing cleaning kits for hurricane relief is the prison-based congregation of Grace Place United Methodist Church. Other churches helped make the Grace Place effort possible. Lane Gardner Camp of the Memphis Conference reports. 
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Africa U. asked to reconsider restructure

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Bishops from the African continent have urged the leadership of United Methodist-related Africa University to reconsider the institution’s restructuring approved in 2016 that resulted in the Faculty of Theology being absorbed into the College of Social Sciences, Humanities, Theology and Education. Eveline Chikwanah has the story.
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Emory events explore moral injury

ATLANTA — The Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership Program at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology will host three events Oct. 12-14 around the concept of moral injury, the emotional and spiritual pain that can afflict soldiers and others who are asked to perform actions that run counter to their moral codes.
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Traditional service increases attendance 

CANYON, Texas — In a time when many churches are starting more modern worship services, First United Methodist Church in Canyon, Texas, was too crowded in its traditional service and needed to add another. After a month of three services — two traditional and one modern — average attendance has increased by 100 people. Levi McKay reports.
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Grant application deadline extended to Oct. 4

WASHINGTON — The deadline for applications for the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race Action Fund grant program, designed for empowerment of diversity, inclusion and racial justice work inside and outside the church, has been extended to Oct. 4. The 2018-2020 grant period will begin in May with $750,000 in available funding for programs in the United States. 
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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.

Sunday, Oct. 1

World Communion Sunday  — The special offering on World Communion Sunday funds graduate-level, racial-ethnic World Communion Scholarships, with at least one-half of the annual amount reserved for ministries beyond the United States. Donations also provide for undergraduate U.S. Ethnic Scholarship and Ethnic In-Service Training programs. Details

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