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Daily Digest: April 11, 2014

“Excessive sentences do not restore people. We do not teach justice by being unjust.” – The Rev. Susan-Henry Crowe, top executive, United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Senators consider crime penalties
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The Rev. Susan-Henry Crowe, top executive, United Methodist Board of Church and Society, participated in a recent discussion convened by U.S. Senate Democrats on the need for drug-sentencing reform.

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Scouting group loses United Methodist affiliation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — After years of disagreements, a scouting organization, the National Association of United Methodist Scouters, has lost its affiliation with the Commission on United Methodist Men and other United Methodist organizations.

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A short film about death and resurrection
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — What does it mean, in a world full of death and cynicism, to live as Easter people? The United Methodist Board of Discipleship series “Chuck Knows Church” offers a special for Holy Week meditation on that question.

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Social justice agency sets legislative priorities
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Immigration reform, health security, combating human trafficking and fully funded international family planning are some of the 2014 legislative priorities set by The The United Methodist Board of Church and Society for the U.S. Congress. The priorities support social justice positions approved by The United Methodist Church’s top policy-making body, General Conference.

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United Methodists raise 80 percent of malaria goal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Imagine No Malaria announced today that United Methodists are 80 percent of the way toward reaching their goal of raising $75 million for the campaign by 2015.

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Leading as Moses led
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UMNS) — The Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III, senior pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, shares lessons Moses offers for pastors today including the difference between a boss and a leader. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership shares an excerpt of Cleaver’s new book “Pastor on Track: Reclaiming Our New Role.”

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IAMSCU scholarships available
NASHVILLE (UMNS) — With the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities meeting in Hiroshima, Japan, next month, the Conference Planning Task Force is offering limited travel scholarships. The partial assistance is available to participants from IAMSCU institutions who otherwise could not afford to attend the May 24-28 event.

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Correction: Church administrative assistants discuss ministry challenges
An item in the April 10 Daily Digest about the annual meeting of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries misspelled the name of Asheville, N.C. The Rev. Michael Rich of the Western North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference covered the gathering.

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