"It is this agency that brought some of the most important voices of the 20th century into this building to bring witness to a world that in many ways experienced brokenness and a sense of hopelessness." — The Rev. John McCullough about the long tenure of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in New York.
‘Bittersweet’ departure from New York
NEW YORK (UMNS) — In a worship service acknowledged by all as “bittersweet,” the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries celebrated the rich history of Methodist mission work in New York on Sept. 27 as part of its final preparations to leave the Interchurch Center. The agency’s new U.S. headquarters is in Atlanta. Linda Bloom has the story.
Ruiz named 2016 Denman Fellow
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — Alma T. Ruiz, who began study in the Doctor of Theology program at United Methodist Duke Divinity School in July, is the Foundation for Evangelism’s 2016 Denman Fellow. Ruiz is associate pastor of Fiesta Cristiana in Apex, North Carolina, where she ministers to multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual populations. She also works with Duke’s training program in El Salvador.
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Early Methodism: The Oxford Holy Club
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — During the Wesley Pilgrimage in England, participants learned about the rich history of disciple-making and disciple-shaping groups. Joe Iovino writes about disciple-making yesterday and today.
Two seminaries listed as ‘bright spots’
NEW YORK (UMNS) — Auburn Seminary, a leadership development institute, has recognized Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and Methodist Theological School in Ohio in its newly released report, "Bright Spots in Theological Education: Hopeful Stories in a Time of Crisis and Change."
Video: Using arts to connect with spirituality
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (UMNS) — Arts and crafts are not just for vacation Bible school. Lazy Daze, a United Methodist camp for older adults, engages older Christians in the arts to deepen their spirituality. Jesse N. Love of the Pacific Northwest Conference has video on this year’s retreat.
Church worships God in different languages
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UMC.org) — Every day, members of Central United Methodist Church are immersed in different languages and cultures. During Sunday school, Bible verses and prayers are shared in the language individuals feel the most comfortable with, whether it is French, Spanish, English, or even Swahili. Aileen Jimenez of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries has the story.
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.
Sunday, Oct. 2
World Communion Sunday — Christians around the world celebrate Holy Communion, and designated offerings on this United Methodist Special Sunday provide education for people of color and international students. Resources
Day 1 — The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, is the featured preacher on “Day 1,” the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org. She is a featured editor of the Common English Bible Women’s Bible to be released in October 2016. Details