Daily Digest: August 14, 2013

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"My prayers have become focused now, mostly about healing and about God's grace." - Roela Rivera, talking about how her prayer life changed after being in a coma.

Power of prayer fills her life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Roela Rivera, who learned to pray as a child in the Philippines, explains how her prayer life was transformed after a near-death experience. WestBow Press recently published "Glimpses of Heaven: Lessons on Faith and Hope, Love and Joy." The book was launched at a recent meeting of the National Association of Filipino American United Methodists.
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Social-justice agency praises U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Board of Church and Society praised U.S. attorney general Eric Holder's promise to address racial disparities in the federal justice system. At the annual meeting of the American Bar Association, Holder called for reforms aimed at reducing incarceration, including scaling back the use of mandatory minimum sentences.|
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What the church teaches about criminal and restorative justice

A church for all people: Hobson United Methodist Church

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Rev. Sonnye Dixon, pastor of Hobson United Methodist Church, says the stories in the Gospel of Luke are a metaphor for his small, eccentric, eclectic congregation. This is second in a series of stories by Garlinda Burton for the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race on churches that are crossing ethnic, racial, socio-economic and generational boundaries to achieve vitality.
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150 young adults converge for Oasis gathering

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - More than 150 young adult leaders from the 10 annual conferences of the Northeastern Jurisdiction will be in the U.S. capital Aug. 15-18 for Oasis, a gathering that focuses on the young adult ministry of The United Methodist Church. The United Methodists are brought together by Restoration Generation, a new initiative intended to "restore a sense of community and a movement of service and witness among young people."
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Conference's goal is to turn swords into plowshares

NEW YORK (UMNS) - The New York Annual (regional) Conference Board of Church and Society has begun an initiative to reduce gun violence in eastern Connecticut, southern New York and across the United States. "We are about building movements within the conference and beyond to reduce gun violence for the long haul," said Mary Ellen Kris, board chair.
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History of Hymns: 'I Stand Amazed in the Presence'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - C. Michael Hawn offers background on the gospel favorite "I Stand Amazed in the Presence" by Charles Gabriel. Gabriel also wrote the music for "His Eye Is On the Sparrow" and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and many others.
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Bishop Trimble: Trayvon Martin and racial profiling

DES MOINES, Iowa (UMNS) - "I have three brothers and two sons. Like thousands of African Americans in the United States of America, we all have personal stories of racial profiling," writes Iowa Area Bishop Julius C. Trimble.
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Bishop Jones: Why Willimon is wrong about small churches

WICHITA, Kan. (UMNS) - Great Plains Area Bishop Scott Jones takes issue with retired Bishop William H. Willimon's recent column "The Tough Truth about Small Churches." Jones points out what he sees as three flaws. "Vitality, not size, is the issue," Jones writes.
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