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Daily Digest - February 15, 2017

"Emory University is a safe harbor for students and faculty regardless of faith, nationality or background." — Claire E. Sterk, president of United Methodist-related Emory University. 

Universities join amicus brief against immigration orders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist-related Duke and Emory universities are two of 17 private colleges joining a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
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Immigration officials detain United Methodist leader

DODGE CITY, Kansas (UMNS) — A member of the lay leadership at House of Prayer United Methodist Church in Dodge City, Kansas, was arrested by officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Rev. Gustavo Vasquez has the story 
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John Wesley's rescue from fire

LINCOLNSHIRE, England (UMC.org) — John Wesley, Methodism’s founder, grew up knowing he was “a brand plucked from the burning.” Joe Iovino recounts the harrowing story of the rectory fire that changed Wesley’s life at the age of 5.  
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Annual conference dates sought

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Council of Bishops and General Council on Finance and Administration are trying to collect the dates of all annual conference meetings around the globe. Conference secretaries can submit the dates and location of their meetings with an online form. The submitted dates will appear on the United Methodist calendar.
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Preparing for Lent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Upper Room, Abingdon Press and others have a variety of new resources to use during this season of preparation for Easter. Polly House has the story for Interpreter magazine. 
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Nigerian at Oklahoma University hears God's call

NORMAN, Okla. (UMNS) — Tsematosan Gloria Ajinomisanghan, an international intern at Oklahoma University’s Wesley Foundation, came to the U.S. to complete her studies in energy-business law, but soon discerned that God had other plans for her. Chris Schutz reports for the Oklahoma Conference.
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LOOKING AHEAD

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Monday, Feb. 20-Friday, March 10

Online lay servant course: "Living Our United Methodist Beliefs" — This course from BeADisciple.com explores history, heritage, beliefs, mission and culture of The United Methodist Church. $70. Details

Monday, Feb. 20-Saturday, March 4

Online Lay Servant Workshop: “Come to the Waters” — This course from BeADisciple.com will deepen a congregation’s experience of baptism, confirmation and reaffirmation of baptism through this wide-ranging study of "By Water and the Spirit," Scripture, church history and United Methodist theology and practice of the sacrament. Details 

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