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Daily Digest: April 15, 2014

“Easter suddenly seems so much more important to me and for our church and community this year as we remember on that day that neither evil, nor hate, nor even death has the final word in our lives. Please join me in praying for this family.” – The Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, after two church members were killed by a gunman.

Two United Methodists killed in shootings at Jewish centers
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (UMNS) — Dr. Bill Corporon, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, both members of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, died after a gunman shot them outside a Jewish Community Center on April 13. A third victim also was killed at a Jewish retirement community less than a mile away. A vigil was held at the church Sunday night at which Corporon’s daughter, also the boy’s mother, spoke.

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United Methodist Bishop Lloyd Knox dies at 94
TAMPA, Fla. (UMNS) — James Lloyd Knox, retired bishop of The United Methodist Church and a former missionary in Cuba and Argentina, died at age 94 on April 13. Bishop Ken Carter, leader of the Florida Annual (regional) Conference, said, “The history of the conference could not be told apart from his ministry.”

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Pastor carves Easter totem pole
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (UMNS) — A United Methodist pastor in Alaska received spiritual inspiration to carve the Christmas and Easter stories in totem poles according to the traditions of Alaska's indigenous peoples.

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Seminarian debt proposals considered
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Proposals to address the issue of seminarian debt are being compiled by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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History of Hymns: 'What Wondrous Love is This'
DALLAS (UMNS) —  "What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul. ..." The name of the soul who wrote these words is lost to history, but C. Michael Hawn does his best to trace the origins of this popular Lenten hymn in this week's History of Hymns.

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Ancient traditions still influence Easter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Christians journeying through Holy Week may be surprised to learn how some Easter traditions have evolved over the centuries.

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WCC plans June consultation on Korean peninsula
SEOUL, Korea (UMNS) — An international consultation on peace, reconciliation and reunification of the Korean peninsula will be held in Geneva in June, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, top executive of the World Council of Churches, announced April 9 at a press conference in Seoul.

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Oconee Street UMC returns 'home' for Palm Sunday
ATHENS, Ga. (UMNS) — Palm Sunday was truly a day of celebration for the congregation of Oconee Street United Methodist Church. Almost a year after fire destroyed the church building, 100 members gathered in the newly renovated education building for worship, a baptism and confirmation of six young people.

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