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Daily Digest - June 10, 2015

"As graduates, we can make Africa better. It’s not the degree you have, but what you are doing with the knowledge you have." — The Rev. Antonio Macilau Vilanculo, an Africa University graduate from Manica, Mozambique.

Africa University graduates feeding, educating their homelands

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — As the United Methodist university’s class of 2015 graduates on June 13, alumni of Africa University are already making their mark in agriculture, education and business. Vicki Brown reports.<

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Has the Pledge of Allegiance supplanted the creed?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Rev. Tom Fuerst, associate teaching pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, writes about his misgivings when churches teach youngsters the Pledge of Allegiance before the Apostle’s Creed. “The Apostle’s Creed is nothing short of politically subversive,” he writes. “It challenges the Pledge of Allegiance.” Ministry Matters shares his commentary.

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Resources for Father’s Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The third Sunday in June is Father’s Day, a special day for dads in the United States. United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers prayers and other devotions to help churches honor fathers.

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History quiz: How many delegates at General Conference 2016?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — This year many annual conferences elect delegates to General Conference 2016. What will be the total delegate count at the meeting?

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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

Native American International Caucus annual meeting — The official United Methodist caucus meets 7:30 a.m. EDT June 25 through 5:30 p.m. EDT June 26 at Lambuth Hall of the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Contact Lake Junaluska for accommodations.

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.