Daily Digest: August 28, 2013

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"But what the nation did not perceive was the genius and charismatic power of a man, sent from God, who like Joel and Peter dreamed dreams and saw visions: dreams of peace, justice, reconciliation and love." - Retired Bishop Forest Stith in an Aug. 21 sermon that reflected on the 1963 March on Washington.

The March, then and now

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - United Methodists continue to reflect - through sermons, speeches, essays and interviews - on the importance of the 1963 March on Washington and on what the agenda for activism should be going forward. Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the march culminates Wednesday, Aug. 28, with a rally in which President Obama will speak at the Lincoln Memorial.
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Bringing 'promises' of stability to homeless

NEW YORK (UMNS) - United Methodists comprise 20 percent of all volunteers and congregations among the 182 Family Promise affiliates, known as Interfaith Hospitality Networks, in 41 states and the District of Columbia. UMNS reporter Linda Bloom explains how the ministry works.
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Organization plan OK'd for new Great Plains Conference

SALINA, Kan. (UMNS) - More than 1,700 United Methodists from the Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska annual (regional) conferences met in simultaneous sessions Aug. 22-23 to begin the final preparations for the unification of the Great Plains United Methodist Conference. Lisa Elliott Diehl, Kansas communications director, has the story.
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Historic Methodist church revived

FREDERICA, Del. (UMNS) - For the first time in more than 50 years, historic Barratt's Chapel, known as "The Cradle of American Methodism," opened its doors for regular worship services this summer. Delaware Online reports that the 233-year-old church also is considered to be the oldest standing Methodist church.
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Adrian students to present at anti-trafficking gathering

ADRIAN, Mich. (UMNS) - Students from United Methodist-related Adrian College will be among presenters at "Crossing Boundaries, Making Connections: American Slavery and Anti-Slavery Now and Then Conference" in Cincinnati Sept. 19-21. Among other activities, they will be presenting at a workshop on the undergraduate voice in the anti-trafficking movement.
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Are we prepared to make a place at the table?

NEW YORK (UMNS) - The challenge posed for United Methodists by "A Place at the Table" rings especially true, observes mission intern Kara Crawford, as she examined the new documentary. "We practice open communion, inviting all to Christ's table. But we don't always ensure that they'll always have a place at their own dinner tables or food at the table once they sit down," she said.
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Bishop Cho: Stop predatory lending

RICHMOND, Va. (UMNS) - In a column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bishop Young Jin Cho of the Virginia Annual (regional) Conference calls on the state's two leading candidates for governor to return campaign contributions from predatory lenders. The bishop also offers an overview of how the conference's United Methodists are helping low-income borrowers.
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United Methodist Children's Home looks for alumni

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (UMNS) - Planning is under way for the Friends and Family Centennial Celebration, which is part of the yearlong 100th anniversary of the United Methodist Children's Home. The Southern Illinoisan reports that the home is looking for former residents to help form an alumni club.
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