January 08, 2013

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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"Every day traumatic events (large and small) transpire in communities across our country. Amongst the emergency responders and often unnoticed, are police, fire and crisis responder chaplains who volunteer to serve and minister in the midst of chaos and brokenness." - The Rev. Bruce Fenner, director of the division that endorses United Methodist chaplains.

Caregivers need care after traumatic events

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The world can break your heart on the most ordinary day of your life, and often chaplains are among the first responders to these heartbreaking events. But the clergy who volunteer as crisis care responders can find themselves needing a shoulder to lean on, too.
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Chuck Knows Church: The Offering Plate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Do you know the history of taking up an offering? The United Methodist Board of Discipleship's "Chuck Knows Church" video series offers the story behind passing the plate. Stay tuned to the end for a surprise.
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Volunteers brighten Christmas for Sandy survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. (UMNS) - This Christmas, a handful of homeowners in New Jersey smiled a little brighter, thanks to a team of 12 disaster workers from South Carolina and Virginia, the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate reports.
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UMCOR assists Syrian refugees in Lebanon

NEW YORK (UMNS) - More than 60,000 Syrians have died in the 21 months of Syria's civil war, according to the United Nations. By late December, the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon reached 170,637. The United Methodist Committee on Relief has partnered with Global Medic to provide needed supplies for those refugees.
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Fiji Methodists seek better cooperation

SUVA, Fiji (UMNS) - After a rocky relationship over the past several years, new leaders of Fiji's Methodist Church told The Fiji Times that they want to work closely with the government.
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Put God back in public schools?

LEAWOOD, Kan. (UMNS) - The Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, has a few questions about the "mandatory" inclusion of prayer in public education - which some maintain is needed after the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Hamilton also suggests effective ways churches can help their local schools.
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Reading Scripture as a daily spiritual practice

LAKELAND, Fla. (UMNS) - Florida Area Bishop Ken Carter is among a group of newly elected bishops who will read a chapter a day from the New Testament. In a blog, Carter offers his Bible study tips.
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PBS series depicts American abolitionists as fired by faith

WASHINGTON (RNS) - Canadian documentarian Rob Rapley, writer and director of "The Abolitionists," a three-part series premiering Jan. 8 on PBS, talked with Religion News Service about the role religion played in the lives of the abolitionists.
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