Daily Digest: July 30, 2013

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"Every day is a learning experience, whether it is heart-wrenching, frustrating or heartwarming. I am learning what it's like to dive into the compassion Jesus showed on a daily basis." - Brandon Powell, a young adult in mission serving in Detroit.

A look at the people behind Detroit headlines

DETROIT (UMNS) - As citizens wait for the next governmental step in Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings, Brandon Powell, a United Methodist young adult in mission serving in the city, notes that the "provision that God allots is not dependent on a governmental decision." The West Michigan Annual (regional) Conference looks at the people serving in Detroit.
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United Methodists ready kids for school

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Back-to-school season is officially here, with many students returning to class in early August. For many United Methodist congregations, it's a time to share God's love in both word and deed. Learn what is happening.
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Bishops sound alarm about clergy, church trends

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (UMNS) - Meeting earlier this summer, bishops in the South Central Jurisdiction sounded the alarm about trends of aging clergy, fewer young clergy and shrinking church membership in their region. Paula Arnold and the Rev. Sheron C. Patterson, communicators in the South Central Jurisdiction, report on the discussion.
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Trayvon Martin's death a tragedy

CHICAGO (UMNS) - "Putting faith into action sometimes requires that we rally, vote and stand for change in our systems," writes Bishop Sally Dyck of the Chicago Area. "It means that we make our neighbor's good our own, whether it literally be a neighboring community or the actual neighbor next door."
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Bishop Carter urges churches to welcome everyone

ORLANDO, Fla. (UMNS) - Bishop Ken Carter is encouraging churches across the Florida Annual (regional) Conference to welcome gays and lesbians in worship and ministry. At a regularly scheduled gathering of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender cluster group July 25 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Carter encouraged United Methodists to welcome people of all sexual orientations with a spirit of "generous orthodoxy." The full 5,000-member St. Luke's congregation and clergy from other churches were invited to hear the message. Susan Green of the Florida Annual Conference reports.
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Wings of the Morning takes flight in Congo

LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of Congo (UMNS) - Wings of the Morning, a newer refurbished airplane that serves a medical mission in Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, flew for the first time after its long journey home from the United States.
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'Walk a mile in her shoes' to understand

TULSA, Okla. (UMNS) - After many years of helping women who have been victims of violence, Anne Marshall notes that "justice isn't always about getting the assailant to pay for the crime but, rather, having control of one's life and living again."
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'Gather Us In' - History of Hymns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - C. Michael Hawn of Perkins School of Theology writes in his latest History of Hymns column about hymn writer Marty Haugen and his "Gather Us In," No. 2236 in The Faith We Sing. "Marty Haugen is perhaps the most prolific and influential composer of liturgical music of his generation. His hymns, psalm settings and paraphrases, services set to music and anthems are widely used in both Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations around the world," Hawn says.
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Two items in the Monday, July 29, Digest contained incorrect information. The first item - The ministry of servanthood - should have noted that Germany has three annual conferences within the Germany Central Conference: Germany East, Germany North and Germany South. The second item - Bishop to talk sports... and faith - should have identified the radio sports show as "Talking Sports with Rob Jay and Willie Richardson" on ESPN's The ZONE, 105.9 FM.It also should have said the livestream will be at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, July 30. To tune-in live streaming


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