Daily Digest: July 01, 2013

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Monday, July 1, 2013

"Every site we went to, we met people who were compassionate, dedicated and working their tails off on behalf of hungry people in this country." - Betsy Comstock, who with her sister Carolyn Pesheck, traveled the United States to research hunger.

Sisters give 3 years to map hunger solutions

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Two sisters, both active United Methodists, Betsy Comstock and Carolyn Pesheck, wanted to see for themselves how people are responding to the issue of hunger in America. The two embarked on a series of road trips between 2009 and 2012 that took them to hunger-related programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The result is "Facing Hunger in America," a report that summarizes the issues and best practices of the 93 programs visited. They also kept an online diary of their travels in a Facing Hunger in America blog.
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Church agency: Immigration reform bill inadequate

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Board of Church and Society, the denomination's social advocacy agency, praises the U.S. Senate for its initiative in finally passing a bill to reform immigration laws. Unfortunately, though, the agency says the legislation passed is not what is needed to truly repair the broken U.S. immigration system.
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United Methodist Women support climate change effort

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Harriett Jane Olson, the top executive of United Methodist Women, commended President Obama for "using his moral authority and political power as head of state to move our nation forward in our urgent need to address climate change." Olson, referring to the plan the president unveiled last week to address climate change, noted that "we recognize, like President Obama, that the eyes of the future are on us."
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Should Star-Spangled Banner be in church?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Practicing patriotism in church can be a sticky issue. What is the appropriate use of the U.S. flag in church sanctuaries? Interpreter Magazine explains.
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Church represented at Infopoverty World Conference

GENEVA (UMNS) - Neelley Hicks, who works to connect disadvantaged communities of the world with new communications technology on behalf of United Methodist Communications, is attending the annual Infopoverty World Conference in Geneva. The conference, sponsored in part by the United Nations, is being held through July 3. Hicks will address participants about how The United Methodist Church is using digital innovation to improve lives in developing countries.
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Saying grace: Paula Deen, progressives and race

DALLAS (UMNS) - "When it comes to discussing race, progressives have little tolerance for intolerance past or present. We throw labels around as easily as the Pharisees threw stones at adulterous women," writes Maria Dixon in a commentary about the reaction to celebrity chef Paula Deen's admission that she used a racial slur. Dixon is an associate professor of communications studies at United Methodist-related Southern Methodist University and a member of the commission of United Methodist Communications. Her commentary appeared on Patheos.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share with others, email [email protected].

Lake Junaluska Centennial Homecoming Celebration, June 30-July 7 - Reunions, speakers, concerts (including Balsam Range), a water skiing show, home and garden tours and historic re-enactments are all on tap during the celebration. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.lakejunaluska.com/july4th. Sunday worship services and evening concerts and dramas may be viewed live at www.lakejunaluska.com/streaming.

Independence Day, July 4 - The United Methodist Board of Discipleship has worship and music resources.

"Inside Out for the Glory of God," July 12-14 - 11th national gathering of United Methodist Men at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Details

United Methodist Conference on Ministry with Children, July 23-26 - The conference, "Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord," at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church in Greenville, S.C., for church leaders and workers engaged in children's ministry focuses on helping children grow in faith. United Methodist Board of Discipleship is the sponsor. Details

Deadline for World Methodist Conference logo submissions, July 22 -The World Methodist Council is accepting submissions for the official logo for the 21st World Methodist Conference, which will be in September 2016 in Houston. The conference theme is "One." Details.

Free webinar "Spiritual, But Not Religious - Adult Faith in a Post-Christendom World," July 23 - 6:30 p.m. CT, tips on ministering in the current U.S. social context from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. .

Free webinar "Is Your Church Ready for a Capital Funds Campaign?" July 25 - 6:30 p.m. CT, indicators of whether churches can make fundraising work, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. 

Festival of Wisdom and Grace Conference, July 29-Aug.1 - Includes Bible study and workshops at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, N.C, sponsored by the Southeastern Jurisdiction Association of Older Adults. Details

SHIFTS: Guiding the Congregation toward Health, Effectiveness and Vitality, July 30-Aug. 1 - Seminar sponsored by the Intentional Growth Center at the Foundation for Evangelism, Lake Junaluska, N.C. Details

From Membership to Discipleship, Aug. 1-3 - Seminar sponsored by the Intentional Growth Center at the Foundation for Evangelism, Lake Junaluska, N.C. Details.

School of Congregational Development, Aug. 15-18 - Hosted at Denver Marriott Tech Center, sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, Path1 and Board of Global Ministries. Theme is "Encountering God at the Edge."

School of Congregational Development, Satellite Experience, Aug. 17 - Offsite participation is available from satellite congregations within the five U.S. jurisdictions. Registrants will participate remotely through live and tape-delayed interactive streaming

Reach New Disciples Conference, Nov. 2 - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, Wesley Theological Seminary's Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Washington. Details.


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