Daily Digest — September 4, 2015

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One of the big things I’ve gained, having spent a long time in business without God or the church, is coming to a realization for myself — and hopefully to share with others — of how much more there is to life.” — Jerry McGuire, chief financial officer of a family-owned construction company.

Can your work bring you closer to God?

NASHVILLE. Tenn. (UMNS) — No matter the nature of the work, our jobs are an opportunity to serve Christ every day, writes Joe Iovino in a feature for umc.org.
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One doctor’s eye-opening ministry

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Faith is about vision. It’s about seeing, with eyes wide open, and sensing the presence of Christ. But for Dr. Stephen Waller, this talk of faith and sight is much more than metaphor. Melissa Lauber of the Baltimore-Washington Conference reports on an eye surgeon who has brought light and sight to people in 20 countries, including Iraq.
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Commentary: The story of John Wesley’s sisters

FITZGERALD, Ga. (UMNS) — Ever wondered what happened to John Wesley’s seven sisters? The Rev. B.J. Funk, a columnist for the South Georgia Advocate, offers a quick overview of each sister’s story and search for love.
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Women of Color Scholar writes book about Ferguson events

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Leah Gunning Francis, a Women of Color Scholar, interviewed more than two dozen local clergy and activists for a book about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. The book – “Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community” – shares a behind-the-scenes look. The Women of Color Scholars Program provides scholarships for women of color who hope to teach, lecture, write and research at the Ph.D. level at a seminary. Tyrus Sturgis reports for the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
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How can churches support teachers?

LADY LAKE, Fla. (UMNS) — Three churches in the Florida Conference have found three different ways to support public school teachers in their neighborhoods. Mary Ann DeSantis reports for the Florida Conference on these ministry ideas.
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The Daily Digest will return Tuesday, Sept. 8. United Methodist News Service wishes our readers a blessed Labor Day weekend.

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 8–Saturday, Sept. 26

Online course "Life Together in the United Methodist Tradition" for lay servants from BeADisciple.com  —  Why does The United Methodist Church do things the way it does? What are the rules and why are there rules? And what does this have to do with the Kingdom of God? This course will help new United Methodists and longtime members consider the specific structural challenges the church faces in the 21st century. The course is approved by United Methodist Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in lay servant ministries and is the “polity” class required for lay speaker certification. It provides 1 CEU for clergy and CLMs also are available. $65. Details


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

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