Daily Digest: July 23, 2013

"This is the time when I believe we are truly called to 'be the church.' This isn't just an issue for the people of Detroit, but for all of us 'in the connection' - to be a 'resurrection people' and to reach out and offer ourselves, our hands, our faith and our words of hope for the future." - Michigan Area Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey in response to Detroit's bankruptcy.

Praying for Detroit

DETROIT (UMNS) - On July 18 Detroit became the largest American city in history to file for bankruptcy. In a time of uncertainty and concern, the Rev. Melanie Lee Carey, Detroit Renaissance district superintendent, reminds United Methodists, "And Still we Rise!" and of a time to connect and stand together for the city and its people.
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Churches beware: Liability insurance a must

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - While a contractor can tell with some certainty the cost per square foot to rebuild a burned church building, a defense attorney cannot tell you with certainty what to expect in a serious liability lawsuit. General liability insurance is necessary for any business, including churches.
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How to protect your church

United Methodist 'green roof' on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The new 572-square-foot "green roof" on the United Methodist Building provides environmental and energy benefits for the building, its tenants and the urban community around Capitol Hill. Michelle Whittaker of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society has the story.
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Poet's hymn reflects ethos of Chautauqua

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - In his "History of Hymns" column, C. Michael Hawn looks at Mary Artemisia Lathbury, also known as the "Poet Laureate of Chautauqua," who wrote the hymn, "Break thou the Bread of Life," No. 599 in The United Methodist Hymnal.
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Deaconess Nazgul William is remembered

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Friends and colleagues are remembering Nazgul "Naz" William, a United Methodist deaconess who died July 17 in Beijing, China, after what was reported to be a random act of violence by a mentally ill man.
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ELCA to vote by iPad

CHICAGO (ELCA) - The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will underscore its commitment "to care for creation" at its Aug. 12-17 assembly as most of the 952 voting members will use iPads and electronic materials, saving an estimated half million pages of paper.

The 4-million-member denomination, a full communion partner of The United Methodist Church, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
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