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Daily Digest - April 12, 2018

 

“The sermon itself is vintage Outler. It’s brilliant rhetorically, with amazing vivacity and turn of phrase.”The Rev. William Abraham, describing the sermon the Rev. Albert C. Outler gave at the 1968 Uniting Conference. 

The Rev. Albert C. Outler’s papers at Bridwell Library include a draft of the sermon he preached on April 23, 1968, during the uniting service of the Uniting Conference, officially creating The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
Photo courtesy of Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
 

NEWS AND FEATURES

 

Uniting Conference sermon still talked about

DALLAS (UMNS) — For the key sermon of the 1968 conference uniting the Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church, organizers turned to “Mr. Methodist,” the Rev. Albert C. Outler. The famed Wesley scholar, also a top-tier preacher, delivered an address that’s still talked about. Sam Hodges reports as part of UMNS’ coverage of the 50th anniversary of The United Methodist Church. 
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Watch video excerpt of sermon 
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Learn more about the 50th anniversary 

Draft of revised Social Principles released

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — United Methodists are being asked to weigh in on a draft revision of the denomination’s Social Principles, released April 12 after years of listening and writing sessions. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story. 
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Read draft and comment 

Berlin trip opens eyes, ears of Church and Society board 

BERLIN (UMNS) — A tour of the Chapel of Reconciliation at the site of the former Berlin Wall left a lasting impression on visitors in town for the spring meeting of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. Northern Illinois Bishop Sally Dyck said she hopes that the visit will help the board members to understand better the global challenges of peace and justice and to find appropriate answers. The Rev. Klaus U. Ruof has the story.
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Memphis Conference, Wesley Theological Seminary
United Methodists in Memphis remember MLK

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — United Methodists from Memphis and across the country made the sojourn to the National Civil Rights Museum to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and rekindle a passion for justice. Lane Gardner Camp has the story for the Memphis Conference, and Sheila George reports for United Methodist Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.
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Oklahoma Conference
4 generations live out faith in one church

TULSA, Okla. — Edward Orton Monnet Sr. and his twin sister, Gloria M. Nicholson, born in 1927, were among the first babies baptized in the current building of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. The Monnet story offers a testament to faith, family and love, writes Caitlin Dryke.
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COMMENTARIES

 

Lewis Center for Church Leadership
5 key practices for connecting in urban contexts

NEW YORK — Mark Gornik and Maria Liu Wong have been working to understand new practices of ministry that are emerging in vital and diverse urban settings. They write about five approaches they’ve seen work in the city. 
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