September 12, 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
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"Whether this strike is over today or tomorrow or goes on for weeks, whether you live in the Chicago Public School district or miles away, whether you have children in public schools or not, please, keep the public schools in your prayers throughout the fall. Let's be United Methodist in prayer for public schools." - Chicago Area Bishop Sally Dyck.

Churches respond to Chicago school strike

CHICAGO (UMNS) - As the Chicago public schoolteacher strike entered its second day on Sept. 11, parents of 350,000 students scrambled for child care, and at least two United Methodist churches opened their doors to respond to the need. Chicago Area Bishop Sally Dyck issued a public call for prayer for "our public schools in all our communities across this conference."
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Practicing 'shalom' for 20 years

LOS ANGELES (UMNS) - What began 20 years ago as a United Methodist response to the rioting that followed the April 29, 1992, verdict in a trial against four Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King grew into a movement known as Communities of Shalom.
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Bishop Swanson to lead men's commission

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The 20-member Commission on United Methodist Men has elected Mississippi Area Bishop James Swanson as president, and Pittsburgh Area Bishop Thomas Bickerton as vice president. The United Methodist agency responsible for ministry to men met Sept. 5-9 to elect officers for the 2013-2016 quadrennium and set plans for a 2013 national gathering.
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Moving from violence to peace

UNITED NATIONS (UMNS) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Cora Weiss, a long-time activist who has worked with United Methodist Women on peace issues, will be among the speakers Sept. 14 at the first-ever United Nations High Level Forum on The Culture of Peace. The daylong forum, which can be viewed via webcast, will focus on ways to promote a culture of peace, justice, nonviolence, tolerance and dialogue in global society.
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'Wow' first impressions

READING, Mich. (UMNS) - Reading United Methodist Church, a largely rural and steadily growing church, knows how to make visitors feel welcome, writes the Rev. Tamara Williams, Albion District Superintendent. The congregation offers lessons others can emulate.
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Jesus and presidential politics

ATLANTA (UMNS) - Shane Claiborne, prominent Christian activist and co-founder of a small monastic community, will present the lecture "Jesus for President" 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Glenn Memorial Auditorium at United Methodist-related Emory University. His talk aims to spark the Christian political imagination.
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