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Daily Digest: June 11, 2014

“Sometimes we lose the gift of peace as we seek to find ourselves.” — United Methodist Bishop James E. Dorff at the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities.

Hiroshima event challenges peacemakers

HIROSHIMA, Japan (UMNS) — History lessons trumped “book learning” for some 250 Methodist scholars and students from around the world as they gathered in this historic city.

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Find out what happened at annual conference sessions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Starting this month and throughout the annual conference season, United Methodist News Service will be compiling reports on annual conference sessions around the globe.

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$1.36 million in grants to support young clergy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) —  With a grant from the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference will gather young Native Americans to focus on important issues in their culture and church.  The grant is one of 29 totaling $1.36 million given to recruit and support young clergy in the denomination. More information is available at www.explorecalling.org.

List of first-round recipients 

More water, less hunger

NEW YORK (UMNS) — When UMCOR provides relief to a community affected by famine or disease, water is part of the equation, Julia Frisbie reports. In Zimbabwe’s Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe District, for example, access to clean water helps the community stay healthy and be more productive.

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Church offers bilingual prayer booth at farmer’s market

AURORA, Ill. (UMNS) — Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora plans to hold a free prayer booth four times this summer at its local farmer’s market. Prayers can be shared in Spanish and English. The Beacon-News has the story.

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Reflections from a Christian in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (UMNS) — In an interview, Jayonta Adhikari, a Baptist, Bangladeshi member of the World Council of Churches Central Committee and director of the Christian Commission for Development, speaks about human rights, peace and the socio-political realities for Christians in his country.

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Methodist museum archivist honored

CHICAGO (UMNS) — Judi Fergus, the director of the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum, Library and Archives in St. Simons Island, Ga., is the 2014 recipient of the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award given by the Society of American Archivists in conjunction with the Society of Southwest Archivists. The award, which honors an archivist who has made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives, will be presented in Washington in August.

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