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Daily Digest: January 24, 2014

“A consistent ethic of hospitality would call us to welcome the unborn as the stranger.” — Bishop Ken Carter Jr. of the Florida Annual (regional) Conference.

Bishop says include unborn in ‘radically inclusive church’ mission

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Bishop Ken Carter Jr., who leads the Florida Annual (regional) Conference, told the 26th annual Lifewatch Sanctity of Life Service that United Methodists must seek a coherent social teaching, a consistent ethic of hospitality and a compassionate witness to and for life. Wayne Rhodes of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society has the story.
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Bishop Tuell’s memorial service to be streamed live

DES MOINES, Wash. (UMNS) — The Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference plans to stream live the memorial service for Bishop Jack Marvin Tuell at 2:30 p.m. PT Sunday, Jan. 26. The service will be at Des Moines United Methodist Church, where Tuell attended in retirement.
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Bishop Tuell’s obituary

Top tips from a handbook for mission volunteers

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Sharing a meal is not about food, but about culture and relationships. That is one of the tips, both practical and theological, for Volunteers in Mission from “A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers.”
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GCFA names leadership team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – The United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration has named a new leadership team after a 2013 voluntary separation program that a handful of top staff members chose to join. The team includes newcomers, such as Bari Watson as chief officer of episcopal services and Richard "Rick" King team as chief financial officer, as well as holdovers and people promoted from within. GCFA oversees general agency finances and works closely with annual and central conferences.
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Judicial Council releases April docket

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Judicial Council has released the docket for its April 23-25 meeting in Little Rock, Ark. In the five-item docket, the council will review bishops’ decisions of law on issues including a marriage equality resolution and a lesbian clergy candidate, along with a request for a “declaratory decision” about providing same-gender spouse benefits from the denomination’s finance agency.
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Potter pastor creates vessels of faith

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (UMNS) — A full-time potter and part-time pastor of Fairview United Methodist Church, Hue Parnell makes communion sets, baptismal fonts and other vessels of the Christian faith. Fred Koenig of the Missouri Annual (regional) Conference shares how the potter ended up with a focus on the sacred.
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4 cultural trends that affect church communications

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — You likely already know about the rise of videos and images in church communications. Gavin Richardson outlines for United Methodist Communications four other cultural trends and their possible impact on sharing the good news.
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Emory names acting dean of chapel

ATLANTA (UMNS) — The Rev. Lisa Garvin, associate dean of the chapel and religious life at Emory University, has been named acting dean of the chapel and religious life, effective Feb. 7. The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, who was dean, resigned to become the new top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.
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