January 09, 2013

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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"I think addressing soul wounds is one of the major areas that the church needs to figure ways to get at, and certainly it is something that I, as a chaplain, spend a good deal of time working with service members about." - The Rev. Laura Bender, United Methodist Navy chaplain.

Sports help warriors on path to healing

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Not all war wounds are visible. "One of the greatest wounds is the soul wound," said the Rev. Laura Bender, a United Methodist Navy chaplain. She helps with sports competitions like a seated volleyball game that are part of the treatment for these service members.
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Wesley prof says inauguration to try to unite

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Shaun Casey, a professor of Christian ethics at United Methodist-related Wesley Theological Seminary, told The Washington Post that President Obama will use his second inauguration to try "to unite the nation in the face of deep divisions and conflict." Casey, who has written about faith and the U.S. presidency and advised the 2008 Obama campaign on faith, spoke in an article about Obama's choice of religious speakers at the public ceremony planned for Jan. 21. Myrlie Evers-Williams, former NAACP chair and widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation. The Rev. Louie Giglio, evangelical leader of student-focused Passion Conferences and foe of human trafficking, will deliver the benediction.
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Church partners with BMX to X out bullying

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (UMNS) - When Julie Nipp, director of children's ministries at First United Methodist Church in Zephyrhills, heard about a teenager trying to hang himself after being mercilessly taunted at the local high school, she couldn't stop thinking about ways to tackle the problem of bullies. Somehow that led to her and the church's student ministries director, Jerry Tadlock,lying on a school gym floor with a stunt biker jumping over them, reports Susan Green of the Florida Conference Connection.
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Grants boost seminarians' financial literacy

INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) - Emory University's Candler School of Theology, Wesley Theology Seminary and Asbury Theological Seminary are among 16 seminaries that have received grants from Lilly Endowment Inc. to examine ways to improve the financial literacy of their students. Lilly Endowment awarded the grant as part of its Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers, which is designed to assist theology schools in examining financial-literacy issues to improve the economic well-being of future pastors. Candler and Wesley are United Methodist-related seminaries. Asbury is an approved seminary to train United Methodist clergy.
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Blog: Holy habits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (UMNS) - New Year's Resolutions address our "bad habits." The Rev. Laurie Haller writes that churches must develop good habits to flourish just as individuals do. Haller is the pastor of Aldersgate and Plainfield United Methodist churches in Grand Rapids.
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