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Daily Digest: January 30, 2014

“We shall overcome,
we shall overcome,
we shall overcome someday!”


— “We Shall Overcome,” African American Spiritual, The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 533

Pete Seeger's connection to popular hymn

DALLAS (UMNS) — Pete Seeger, singer, songwriter and social activist, died Monday, Jan. 27, at the age of 94. He played a crucial role in adapting and popularizing "We Shall Overcome," an anthem of the U.S. civil rights movement that many congregations will sing during Black History Month. C. Michael Hawn of Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology in Dallas offers a full history of the song.
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TV reporters to share in Olympic dream

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (UMNS) — United Methodist Neile Jones isn't an athlete, but she has been in her own way vigorously preparing for the Feb. 7-23, 2014, Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The evening news anchor at KNWA-TV in Fayetteville, Ark., will be reporting on the games for Nexstar NBC affiliates and their sister stations, working with more than 100 markets across the United States and the NBC network.
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Science and faith: 9th Evolution Weekend ahead

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Rev. Paul Kottke has preached it before and he'll preach it again — Christian faith and science, including Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, are not incompatible. The United Methodist Church officially endorses the Clergy Letter Project, an interfaith initiative on religion and science whose projects include Evolution Weekend, which is set for Feb 7-9 this year.
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Baker Scholarship recipient spearheads new Wesley House dorm

TYLER, Texas (UMNS) — A dilapidated dorm at Tyler Junior College has been transformed into a missional community that is helping students at two Texas colleges grow in their faith. The vision of a campus minister — who is also a United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry Baker Scholarship recipient — came to life with help from the Texas Annual Conference, local churches, and the Wesley Foundation. Nicole Burdakin has the story.
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New group for hunters 'looking up for' Christ

GADSDEN, Tenn. (UMNS) — Hunters love their dogs and love their sport. And the approximately 90 people of all ages gathered at Center United Methodist Church in Gadsden Tenn., for a raccoon hunt fundraiser also love Christ. Lane Gardner Camp of the Memphis Annual (regional) Conference has the story.
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Pension board to hold listening session

GLENVIEW, Ill. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits invites interested plan participants and other constituents to address the board of directors during a listening session at 11:30 a.m. CT Feb. 27 in Kansas City, Mo. To place your name and topic on the agenda and for specific presentation requirements, contact Colette Nies by Feb. 14 at 1-800-269-22441-800-269-2244 (extension 4296) or cnies@gbophb.org.
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Church, I think we're gonna be OK

BURKE, Va. (UMNS) — The Rev. Morgan Guyton, associate pastor of Burke United Methodist Church and lead pastor for our LifeSign contemporary worship service, reflects on his interviews to become an ordained elder. "We might not see how we can stay one body. But God has pastoral skills and tricks that transcend anything we could come up with ourselves," he writes.
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