November 05, 2012

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UMNS Daily Digest
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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Monday, November 5, 2012

"Every time new bishops are elected, we become a new council. So our first meeting together is first about becoming spiritually centered and building new community as we seek to fulfill the mission Christ has given us and the leadership roles the church expects of us." - Bishop Peter Weaver, Council of Bishops executive secretary.

Bishops gather for closed retreat

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) - United Methodist bishops from around the globe are gathering Nov. 4-9 for a private retreat intended to establish a spiritual grounding for their work together during the next four years. But the gathering takes place at a time when bishops face increasing scrutiny.
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Bishops begin four years with new structure

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Council of Bishops, as it gathers at Epworth-by-the-Sea for a retreat Nov. 4-9, will be organizing new leadership teams that connect with the denomination's Four Areas of Focus. The bishops also will discern how to implement the creation of an Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relations within the council. The office will replace the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns.
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UMCYes! Contest winner

LOUISBURG, N.C. (UMNS) - A video of student-on-campus interviews about why the United Methodist connection matters at Louisburg College in North Carolina won first place in the UMCYes! video contest on Friday, Nov. 2. More than 2,000 people voted for one of the seven finalists chosen from the 34 videos submitted to answer the question: Why does the United Methodist connection matter to schools, colleges, and universities?
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Adrian band heading to London

ADRIAN, Mich. (UMNS) - The marching band at United Methodist-related Adrian College has accepted a formal invitation from the lord mayor of Westminster to take part in the annual New Year's Day parade in London, this year recognized as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. More than twice the size of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, the New Year's Day Parade is watched by millions in person and on television.
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The splintering effects of a hurricane

NEW YORK (UMNS) In her Bloombytes Blog, UMNS staff writer and New Yorker Linda Bloom remembers a New Jersey beach town, now damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and takes comfort knowing United Methodists will respond to communities and individuals touched by the storm.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share with others, email[email protected]and put Digest in the subject line.

Before Advent - United Methodist Communications urges all churches update their profiles in November on Find-a-Church profile on To update.

Today, Nov. 5 - Deadline for scholarships for the 2012 Multicultural Conference, "Creating a Church for All People," Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Leadership includes retired Bishop Melvin Talbert, retired Bishop Linda Lee and Bill Cruse. Details.

Today, Nov. 5 - Webinar "Adaptive Leadership Introduction," 7:30 p.m. CST, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register and see archived webinars.

Nov. 7-8 - The Foundation for Evangelism's 2012 Wallace Chappell Lecture, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington. It features Andrew Root, associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary, and Drew Dyson, an adjunct professor at Wesley Theological Seminary. Details.

Nov. 8 - Webinar "In the Financial Homestretch: Ending the Year Strong," 6:30 p.m. CST, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register and see archived webinars.

Nov. 8-11 - Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, "Love in Action: The Transformative Power of Nonviolence," Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Details.

Nov. 9-11 - Imagine What's NEXT, St. Louis, a United Methodist event for college students. The Rev. Rudy Rasmus and Bishop Sally Dyck will speak. Gungor will perform. Details.

Nov. 10 - Deadline for churches to apply for free men's ministry materials donated to the Commission on United Methodist Men. Details.

Nov. 12-17 - 2012 Continuing Education Event: The Faithful Struggle to Forgive, Prothro Center at Lake Texoma, Pottsboro, Texas, United Methodist Endorsing Agency, part of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Details.

Nov. 13-14 - Associates in Advocacy annual meeting, Super 8 O'Hare, Elk Grove Village, Ill. Includes updates on changes to the Book of Discipline, General Conference and the Judicial Council's October session. Contact the Rev. Jerry Eckert at 941-743-0518 or by email at [email protected]/.

Nov. 15-17 - "Photography as a Spiritual Practice," led by Susan Hay, retired from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, Tenn. $175-330. Details.

Nov. 18 - Bible Sunday, United Methodists join with the National Bible Association to celebrate Bible reading. Resources from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

Nov. 22 - U.S. Thanksgiving Day. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship has worship resources and ideas for grace.

Dec. 2 - The Rev. Bill Britt, senior pastor of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, will be the featured speaker for the first Sunday of Advent on the radio program "Day 1." To listen.

Dec. 2-5 - Imagine No Malaria "Days on the Hill," The United Methodist Board of Church and Society and annual (regional) conferences leaders will advocate to U.S. Congress members for continued support of global health aid. Prayers are welcome. Details.

Dec. 4-7 and 11-14 - Free Christmas concerts, 1-1:30 p.m., Wightman Chapel at Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, Tenn. Details.

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