September 24, 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, September 24, 2012

"An issue is controversial precisely because there are all types of thinking. Reasonable and committed Christians can make a case for every side of any issue." - The Rev. Adam Hamilton.

Advice for preaching on tough issues

LEAWOOD, Kan. (UMNS) - Controversial issues need God's light, not Hollywood or political spin. The Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, one of the denomination's largest U.S. congregations, offers tips for tackling complex moral issues without fear and without dividing a congregation.
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Ebony ranks UM colleges among top schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Six United Methodist-related schools were among the top-ranked historically black colleges and universities included in the September issue of Ebony magazine. Making the list were Bethune-Cookman University, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Philander Smith College and Rust College.
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Mississippi Conference seeks in-state VIM teams only

JACKSON, Miss. (UMNS) - Mississippi Annual (regional) Conference requests for disaster-response teams already have yielded calls from several out-of-state teams. However, Steve Casteel, conference director of communication and connection, said: "We are only in the process of preparing for in-state teams. We will let the jurisdictional offices know when we need other conferences to join us in this effort. It is a pleasure to serve such an incredible connection."

Woman shackled giving birth wins case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The metropolitan government of Nashville and Davidson County was ordered to pay $1.1 million for three years of attorney fees and other expenses for Juana Villegas, who in 2008 was shackled to a hospital bed hours before giving birth. The Tennessean reports that U.S. District Judge William Haynes Jr. also certified Villegas' application for a special visa. The city may appeal the award. The Tennessee Annual (regional) Conference's Justice for our Neighbors has stood by Villegas since her arrest.
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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.

Sept. 27 - Webinar "Small Churches Make Disciples," 6:30 p.m. CDT, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register and see archived webinars.

Sept. 30 - Registration deadline for "How to Get New Members Workshop," Oct. 20-21, Florida United Methodist Conference Center in Lakeland. $295 per team. Details.

Sept. 30 Early registration deadline for "Creating a Church for All People," a multicultural conference, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Lake Junaluska, N.C. Details.

Oct. 1-4 Disaster Response Academy, Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center, Fayetteville, Ark., sponsored by the South Central Jurisdiction. Details.

Oct. 3 United Methodist-related University of Denver will host a presidential debate between President Obama and Gov. Romney on U.S. domestic issues. Details.

Oct. 4-5 "Inside Perkins," event for prospective students at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, Dallas. 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.

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