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Daily Digest - June 11, 2018


““Having a plan in place before something happens will help the church recover much quicker than if there is no plan."Sid Gray, vice president and treasurer of United Methodist Insurance.



Help for churches in preparing for disaster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Insurance has a message for local churches: While you likely can’t prevent natural disasters, you can prepare. The nonprofit has produced a free e-booklet to help churches plan for emergencies. Heather Hahn reports.
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616 Africa University students graduate

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — A top executive of Boeing challenged the 616 Africa University graduates from 21 countries to go forth and become exemplary leaders. Timothy Keating also announced at the June 9 graduation ceremonies that his family has endowed a $130,000 permanent scholarship for female students studying education at Africa University. Eveline Chikwanah reports. 
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Working toward equal pay for women pastors

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The North Alabama Conference, led by Bishop Debra Wallace- Padgett, has pledged to work toward equal pay for women pastors. Fifty-three of the 308 pastors appointed to churches this year are women, but only four are among the 104 ministers whose base pay was $70,000 a year or more. Greg Garrison reports.
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Methodist Church in Britain
Pastor recalls days after deadly building fire

LONDON — As the first anniversary of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire approaches, the Rev. Mike Long, pastor of Notting Hill Methodist Church, reflects on the fire’s impact on the local community and on his faith. Seventy-two residents died and others who lived in the high-rise residential block lost everything. The church offered people a chance “to be listened to” in the days that followed the tragic event, Long says.
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BBC: How the tragedy unfolded at Grenfell Tower 

Great Plains Conference 
Amp It Up! at music camp

WINFIELD, Kan. — Twenty-five youth — mostly high-schoolers but with some middle-schoolers, if deemed talent-worthy — came to the campus of United Methodist-related Southwestern College for band camp. A group of the young musicians were to lead worship at the Great Plains Annual Conference. David Burke has the story.
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Great Plains Conference
The Way Forward and 'Fiddler on the Roof'

WICHITA, Kan. — Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr., who leads the Great Plains Conference, offers some thought on the bishops’ recommendation for a way forward. The work, he said, brings to mind scenes from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”
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Church seeks partnership for rape survivors' center

Pastor relates struggles under communism



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