Daily Digest - December 05, 2012

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UMNS Daily Digest
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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

"There is no future for the United Methodist witness in the United States unless we can demonstrate that we can reach more people, younger people and more diverse people." - The Rev. Lovett Weems Jr., professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Ethnic diversity critical to church future

CHICAGO (UMNS) - Just about everyone agrees that The United Methodist Church needs to draw more people and younger people to reverse decades of declining membership in the United States. Add to the list the need to bring more people of color into the United Methodist fold. That was an overarching theme of a Nov. 29-Dec. 1 meeting hosted by the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race.
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Cokesbury.com Cyber Monday sales set record

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Cokesbury, the retail division of The United Methodist Publishing House, announced Dec. 3 that its Cokesbury.com Cyber Monday event set a record as the biggest sales day in the website's history.
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5 tips to promote church giving

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - A United Methodist Communications video offers ideas and inspiration to motivate your congregation to contribute - and be an active part of the United Methodist connection.
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Dole, Daschle named to church-related AIDS board

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (UMNS) - Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) have been named co-chairs of the International Advisory Board of the Center for the Church and Global AIDS. The center's founder and executive director is the Rev. Donald Messer, a United Methodist pastor who has played a leading role in the denomination's work on HIV/AIDS.
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Grant to help NCC prepare students for Korea assembly

NEW YORK (UMNS) - A grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will support a National Council of Churches initiative to prepare 25 North American students and younger pastors for an intensive ecumenical experience in conjunction with the World Council of Churches Assembly in Busan, South Korea, in the fall of 2013.
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