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Daily Digest - February 28, 2018


“There really is a desire to find a way forward, and I think that was reflected in our work this time.” — Council of Bishops President Bruce R. Ough, on the council’s just-completed Dallas meeting.

Phoenix Area Bishop Robert Hoshibata leads singing during closing worship of the Council of Bishops’ Feb. 25-28, 2018, meeting in Dallas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.
Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.




Bishops see progress in unity effort, focus on 2 plans

DALLAS (UMNS) — The Council of Bishops wrapped up a four-day, closed-door meeting here, as leaders reported movement and progress in their deliberations about how to prevent denominational schism over homosexuality, with a focus on two possible church futures. 
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Looking at where to put new African bishops

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church plans to have five new bishops in Africa starting in 2021. At a recent meeting here, denominational leaders outlined the criteria they are using to determine where to add the new episcopal areas. Heather Hahn reports.
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Western Pennsylvania Conference 
Social media rumor targets pastor’s son 

CARMICHAELS, Pa. — A rumor posted on social media just days after the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, accused the son of the local United Methodist pastor of planning to shoot up Carmichaels Middle-Senior High School. Both police and school authorities determined there was no truth to the rumor. The Rev. Dayton Mix and his wife, Gay, addressed the bullying of their son, who is an honor student, on their Facebook pages. Jackie Campbell reports. 
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South Carolina Conference
Church’s outreach saves town softball

SALLEY, S.C. — For as long as anybody can remember, softball has been more than a diversion in Salley — it’s been a way of life, an integral part of both of the town and its people. But the community’s softball field had fallen into disrepair over the years. Clinton United Methodist Church is changing that. Jessica Brodie has the story.
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World Council of Churches
Concern for Syrian civilians

GENEVA (WCC) — The World Council of Churches has expressed its dismay at the dramatic escalation of military actions against civilians in the Eastern Ghouta section of Damascus, Syria, despite the unanimous adoption of an immediate humanitarian ceasefire on Feb. 24 by the U.N. Security Council.
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Wespath Benefits and Investments
Pension agency honored for supporting kids

GLENVIEW, Ill. — ChildServ, a nonprofit in Chicago dedicated to building better lives for children, honored Wespath Benefits and Investments for supporting at-risk children and families through its investment efforts and employees’ generosity.
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Progress in making a global Discipline

United Methodist Irma recovery work continues



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Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4

Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska


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Online Lay Servant Ministries Class: Come to the Waters


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