Daily Digest: July 19, 2013

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"He is a man inspired and a man who inspires. He is an icon of the struggle for good over evil who ennobles the human spirit of all humanity."-The Rev. Ivan Abrahams, top executive of the World Methodist Council, speaking of 95-year-old Nelson Mandela.

Methodists salute Mandela

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Nelson Mandela, who celebrated his 95th birthday July 18, has embodied the struggle for social and spiritual transformation, said the Rev. Ivan Abrahams, a South African and top executive of the World Methodist Council. In 2000, Mandela received the World Methodist Peace Award.
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Bloombytes: Seeing Mandela in New York

NEW YORK (UMNS) - The religious folk who greeted Nelson Mandela at Riverside Church in 1990 were overwhelmed to be in the presence of a man who had become, as the Rev. Gardner C. Taylor described him that day, "the drum major in the music of freedom," writes UMNS reporter Linda Bloom in her Bloombytes blog. The South African leader marked his 95th birthday on July 18.
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More reaction to Zimmerman acquittal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Bishop Gregory V. Palmer of the West Ohio Annual (regional) Conference finds a Gospel lesson and Bishop James Swanson of the Mississippi Conference gets personal in writing about the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Retired Bishop Linda Lee, interim top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, invokes the biblical story of Esther in another piece on this subject. The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race also has released a statement that speaks out on the issues of violence and incarceration.
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Army chaplain's ordination a rare event

INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) - Ordaining a minister outside of an annual conference session is a rare event in the corporate life of The United Methodist Church. Such an ordination Tuesday night, July 16, was unique and so is Chaplain Anthony Hunley of the United States Army. Daniel R. Gangler of the Indiana Annual (regional) Conference shares the story.
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Authenticity needed to reach young adults

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - New programs and loud worship services aren't the answer for churches wanting to reach young adults. It's authenticity in conversation, diversity, hospitality and more.
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Camp meeting 'tents' are prime real estate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UMNS) - The spruced-up shacks called "tents" at historic Rock Creek Springs Camp Meeting Ground in North Carolina are worth a lot to some, and are priceless to others.
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