September 04, 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
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"We expect requests for emergency grants in the coming days as well as the deployment of early response teams." - Jay Rollins, UMCOR's director of communications

Churches help homeless, others in Isaac's wake

BILOXI, Miss. (UMNS) - In the hours leading up to Hurricane Isaac's landfall, two United Methodists on Mississippi's Gulf Coast were hard at work ensuring the area's homeless got to safety. That was just one of the ways United Methodists are reaching out in this disaster.
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Isaac pushes Dillard U. to temp space

NEW ORLEANS (UMNS) - In the wake of Hurricane Isaac, United Methodist-related Dillard University has closed its campus and moved all classes to United Methodist-related Centenary College in Shreveport until at least Sept. 4.
For updates

Zimbabwe volunteers give care to HIV-positive

HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) - Zimbabwean volunteers provide relief for HIV/AIDS patients through counseling, support and palliative care for those who are not mobile. "At times, I am compelled to take a little maize meal from my home in order to make a little porridge for their sustenance. I am not a rich person, but love forces me to do that," said one volunteer.

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Mission agency supports hearing on Pakistan

NEW YORK (UMNS) - The arrest of a young Pakistani Christian girl on charges of blaspheming Islam is adding incentive to an international ecumenical effort to protect religious minorities in Pakistan. The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries has given a $6,000 grant toward the Sept. 17-18 hearings in Geneva, organized by the World Council of Churches.
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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.

"Act of Repentance to Indigenous People," originally scheduled Oct. 6 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Fort Smith has been canceled because of a scheduling conflict.

Media training workshop, originally scheduled Sept. 13 has been changed to March 7, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT, at United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn. Cost is $199. Click here for more information or contact Diane Degnan at 615-742-5406 or [email protected].

Sept. 6 - Dialogues on Faith - The first of six interfaith dialogues focusing on increasing mutual understanding of different faiths at Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1009 19th Ave. S., Nashville, Tenn. Registration deadline is Sept. 4.

Sept. 8 - United Methodists and other volunteers will team up with radio personality Delilah and Glidden Paint to transform the exterior of buildings in the Lawrenceville community of Pittsburgh. Details.

Sept. 10 - Early registration ends for Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, "Love in Action: The Transformative Power of Nonviolence," Nov. 8-11, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. For details including cost.

Sept. 11 - Webinar on "Serving Servants: Rethinking Volunteerism in Today's Church," 6:30 p.m. CDT, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register, scroll toward the bottom of the webpage.

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