Daily Digest: June 11, 2013

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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"...the Christian movement (in China) goes beyond any control, beyond any predicted pattern. It impacts on the whole society and the whole nation." - Wisconsin Area Bishop Hee-Soo Jung.


The Church in China: A growth in size, faith


SHANGHAI (UMNS) - A delegation of United Methodist bishops and mission staff visited China in April to strengthen existing ties with the Protestant church there. Throughout this week, United Methodist News Service will look at Christianity in China today. This first part is about the growth and growing pains in recent decades.

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The Church in China


Furor over block to gay clergy candidate


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (UMNS) - Members of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, who met June 6-9, faced the question of whether a lesbian can be a certified candidate for ordained United Methodist ministry. More than 200 United Methodists and others took to Twitter on the afternoon of Friday, June 7, to protest Mary Ann Kaiser's removal from the ordination process to become a deacon.

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Wesley's diet, exercise tips promote health


CHICAGO (UMNS) - "Nothing conduces more to health than abstinence and food with due labor," John Wesley wrote in his 1747 book, "Primitive Physick: or An Easy and Natural Method of Curing Most Disease, " which was a best-seller of its time. Read how United Methodists are practicing and teaching Wesley's words.

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60 years after tornado, work to help poor


FLINT, Mich. (UMNS) - Sixty years after the Beecher Tornado swept across Flint, ripping homes from their foundations and killing 116 people, volunteers, organized by the Crossroads District of The United Methodist Church, fanned across the city June 8 to pick up after another kind of devastation - the disaster of poverty, joblessness, violence, blight and abandonment. Mydesert.com tells the story.

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Sheboygan church invites doggies to service


SHEBOYGAN, Wis.(UMNS) - Some pastors will say there is no biblical support that all dogs go to heaven. But, the Rev. Ann Bullis, pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church, said she believes the faithful pets will have a future heavenly home. And, the Daily Record reports, she's invited them to join her church for Sunday services.

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Martinez takes theological education post


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Rev. David Martinez has been appointed director of Specialized Theological Education for the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Martinez, who served as senior pastor at El Buen Samaritano United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, joined the agency June 3.

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