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Daily Digest: April 22, 2014

“Claremont School of Theology remains rooted in faith — as it has always been. Our institutional DNA is rooted in The United Methodist Church.” — The Rev. David Richardson, chair of the board of Claremont School of Theology.

United Methodist ties to Claremont Lincoln University

CLAREMONT, Calif. (UMNS) — Claremont School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary, announced it is ending a relationship with Claremont Lincoln University after that university decided to move away from its interreligious roots to become a secular-focused institution. The joint venture between the institutions was a controversial one.

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United Methodists remember missionary’s legacy

NEW YORK (UMNS) —From the time he was a youth, Tshala Mwengo had a dual mission: to bring people to Christ and to better the lives of those in his community, his country and the continent of Africa. He died April 9 of injuries suffered in a bus accident in Zambia.

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Bishops offer comfort after ferry disaster

JINDO, South Korea (UMNS) — United Methodist bishops — including three Korean Americans — have extended prayers, words of comfort and the hope of Easter following last week’s ferry tragedy in South Korea.

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Updated April 21: Church stands with gay scout leader

SEATTLE (UMNS) — Rainier Beach United Methodist Church will continue holding regular meetings with 15 youth interested in scouting despite an April 21 statement from Boy Scouts of America Inc., revoking the church’s charter because they have a gay scout leader. Gays are not allowed to be scout leaders under the BSA policies.

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Daughter of Okla. City bombing victim visits Newtown

OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) — The Rev. Wendy Lambert, who lost her father in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, recently visited Newtown, Conn., which is still recovering from its own tragedy. Holly McCray, editor of the Oklahoma Annual (regional) Conference Contact newspaper, shares that tragedy is not the only similarity drawing the communities together.

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How a church saved town’s egg hunt

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (UMNS) — When a local sorority could no longer host the town’s Easter egg hunt, Boulder City United Methodist Fellowship came to the rescue and built community ties in the process. The Desert Southwest Annual (regional) Conference has the story.

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History of Hymns: ‘Easter People, Raise Your Voices’

DALLAS (UMNS) — Following in the tradition of many pastors who write hymns, the Rev. William Marceus James (1913-2013) wrote "Easter People, Raise Your Voices" for his congregation at Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church in New York City. The triumph of the Resurrection over evil is the theme of "Easter People." History of Hymns, a weekly feature made available by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, is written by C. Michael Hawn of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology.

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Correction: World Malaria Day is Friday, April 25

An item in Looking Ahead in the Monday, April 21, digest gave the wrong day of the week for World Malaria Day. It is Friday, April 25.

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