Daily Digest - October 31, 2013

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"(God's) children showed up to help us. That's how we looked at it." - Rick Hall of Atlantic City, N.J., talking about the United Methodist relief workers after Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy recovery: Rick's story

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (UMNS) - After enduring a leaky roof for months, Sandy survivor Rick Hall and his mother were thankful to United Methodists for volunteer assistance through the initiative A Future with Hope. Watch his story in a video produced by the United Methodist Greater New Jersey Annual (regional) Conference.
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Anatomy of a United Methodist disaster response

WCC 10th Assembly opens in Busan,Korea

BUSAN,Korea (UMNS) - United Methodists are among the 1,000 official delegates and also are present as visitors and staff at the Oct. 30-Nov. 8 World Council of Churches 10th Assembly. Learn more about the assembly and how to follow the action.
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WCC assembly opens with prayers

Good News calls for accountability following same-sex union

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (UMNS) - Calling retired Bishop Melvin Talbert's officiating of a same-sex wedding Oct. 26 "an egregious act of defiance" of United Methodist law, the Good News group has urged the church's Council of Bishops to hold Talbert accountable. Good News is an unofficial United Methodist group that advocates maintaining the denomination's current definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. The organization issued a statement Oct. 28 calling on the Council of Bishops to hold Talbert accountable for performing a ceremony uniting two men, Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince, in Birmingham, Ala.
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With needs on rise, religious leaders warn against food stamp cuts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UMNS) - United Methodists were among the Southeast religious leaders speaking out Oct. 30 against proposed cuts in Congress to the food stamp program. "As the SNAP (food stamp) benefits are decreasing, we're seeing an increase in individual needs in our area," said Alabama-West Florida Bishop Paul Leeland. "The majority of these people are children and older adults."
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Chuck Knows Church: Halloween

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Board of Discipleship series Chuck Knows Church continues with a short film intended for use by churches during Halloween Week, be it in a worship service, Bible study or fellowship time.
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Publishing House head to retire in 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Neil Alexander, president and publisher of the United Methodist Publishing House, has announced plans to retire by or just after the April 2016 General Conference. His agency's board has initiated a process that will lead to a search for a new publisher in 2015 and provide for overlap with Alexander's tenure early in 2016. Alexander started as president and publisher in February 1996.

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