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Daily Digest: February 12, 2014

“Lois would tell you she did none of her work alone. That may be true. But she did listen to voices of injustice and boldly declared what she discerned, experienced and saw.” — Kelly C. Martini, remembering Lois Dauway.

Welcome to the new umc.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church debuts today, Feb. 12, a new www.umc.org — the denomination’s website and digital home. The redesign is aimed to ease access to the stories and resources of United Methodism. United Methodist Communications manages the website. To share your feedback, email umc@umcom.org.

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Lesson from Lois: Be part of the struggle

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Kelly Martini recalls the late Lois M. Dauway as "a fascinating book of stories and lessons that taught me, a 20-something, to think bigger than myself. If you took my relationship and multiplied it by thousands, I’m sure you’d discover a small percent of people she touched.” Dauway, a former staffer with United Methodist Women, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and the National Council of Churches, died Feb. 4.

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Professor goes green by living in a dumpster

AUSTIN, Texas (UMNS) — Could you live in a 33-square-foot trash container for a year? A professor from United Methodist-related Huston-Tillotson University has taken that challenge to prove it's possible to live on one percent of the water, energy and waste that the average American uses. ABC News has the story. Huston-Tillotson is among the schools supported in part by the denomination’s Black College Fund.

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Five pastors from China to study at Wesley

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — On Feb. 4, five of the leading Christian pastors in Beijing arrived at United Methodist-related Wesley Theological Seminary to complete a semester of intensive study. “This is important for both Wesley Theological Seminary and for the Christian church in China,” says the Rev. Kyunglim Shin Lee, Wesley’s vice president of international relations.

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What does it mean to be a United Methodist in Slovakia?

KRALOVSKY CLMEC, Slovakia (UMNS) — The Methodist presence in Slovakia has survived the harassment of Nazis and the rise and fall of communist rule. Through evangelistic efforts, new United Methodist congregations are emerging today. The Rev. Pavel Procházka, district superintendent in the United Methodist Church of Central and Southern Europe, shares how denominational support is bringing people to faith in Christ with a Wesleyan accent.

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Clergy urge change to Washington NFL team's name

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — A group of religious leaders around the Washington area — including four United Methodists — have signed a letter urging that the name of the Washington team be changed because it offends Native Americans and others. Erik Alsgaard of the UMConnection in the Baltimore-Washington Annual (regional) Conference has the story.

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