Daily Digest - October 18, 2012

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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Thursday, October 18, 2012

"How's your soul? People don't ask that question today."- The Rev. Douglas Burns, who re-enacted a circuit ride on horseback.

Shalom Summit looks back as it looks ahead

LOS ANGELES (UMNS) - The United Methodist Church's Shalom Initiative, which began in the aftermath of the L.A. riots, 20 years later has spread across North America and into Africa. Leaders recently gathered at the 20th Anniversary Shalom Summit to mark a turning point in the movement itself.
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Preacher revisits history on horseback

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (UMNS) - The Rev. Douglas Burns recently took a page from the history of the Methodist movement when preachers traveled miles on horseback to minister to churches on the circuit in the 1700s and 1800s. The Tribune-Democrat has the story.
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United Methodist Communications, Harvard initiative team up

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - United Methodist Communications and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative have teamed up to find the most effective ways to use communication technologies to drive international development, build economic stability and provide life-saving aid. "We are looking at the ways that technology can enhance people's lives in remote places of the world," said the Rev. Larry Hollon, United Methodist Communications' top executive.
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Shaping United Methodist Women's future

DURHAM, N.C. (UMNS) - Nearly 200 teens and young women gathered at Duke University to learn, pray, plan and dance United Methodist Women into its new day. Interpreter Magazine has the story of how the women's mission agency is moving into the future separate from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
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Challenges face The United Methodist Church

BETHEL, Conn. (UMNS) - In a commentary for ctpost.com, the Rev. Vicky Fleming outlines what she sees as the challenges facing the denomination in the wake of the 2012 General Conference. One problem Fleming identifies: too many buildings. She is the pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church.
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Correction: Concerns rise for Syrian Christians

A photo caption in this story misidentified the home country of the Rev. Kondothra M. George, who lives in India. He is a member of the Malankara Orthodox Syria Church in India.

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