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Daily Digest - February 27, 2017

"He’d say, 'I'll be with you all the way,' and that was true. If people took a prophetic stance, no matter what, Felton was with them.” — The Rev. Dean Snyder on Bishop Felton E. May. 

Bishop Felton May is dead at 81

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (UMNS) — Bishop Felton E. May, who led United Methodist churches, conferences and agencies over five decades of ministry, died Feb. 27 at age 81. May spoke of the need for “holy boldness” and admirers say he lived the phrase, combining evangelical fervor with a commitment to social justice. Sam Hodges reports.
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Ecumenical backing for Philippines' peace talks

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — It is vital to continue peace talks between the Philippines’ armed forces and national police and the New Peoples' Army, say the member churches of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. The United Methodist Church was among the denominations represented during a Feb. 24 press conference. Gladys Mangiduyos has the story.
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Judge rules conference's lawsuit can continue

MOUND CITY, Ill. (UMNS) — A county circuit judge has ruled that the Illinois Great Rivers Conference can continue its lawsuit to recover real estate occupied by a breakaway congregation. However, the judge also ruled that the conference has yet to show cause for pursuing personal property related to the congregation. Paul Black, who testified for the conference at a hearing in the case, reports on the ruling. 
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The words on Wesley's tomb

LONDON (UMC.org) — The epitaph on the tomb of John Wesley, the founder of the early Methodist movement, contains a lesson etched in stone as poignant today as it was in the days immediately following his death. Joe Iovino reports. 
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New book on Henry Foxall

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — A biography of Henry Foxall has been published by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. “Henry Foxall: Methodist, Industrialist, American” recounts Foxall’s life story and his impact on both church and state. 
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Bishops' secretaries train in Holy Land

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Secretaries for United Methodist bishops traveled to the Holy Land for their training this year. The General Council on Finance and Administration, the denomination’s finance agency, worked with sponsor Educational Opportunities to arrange the trip.
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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.

Wednesday, March 1-Monday, April 13 

Online Lenten Book Study: Bishop Job’s 40 Days with Wesley — This online study includes prayer, Scripture, readings from John Wesley, reflection, journaling, a blessing and online discussion. Each participant must purchase a copy of “40 Days with Wesley” by Bishop Rueben P. Job from BeADisciple.com. Details

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