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Daily Digest - June 14, 2017

 

Reconsideration of gay bishop ruling sought

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (UMNS) — The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops filed a motion asking the Judicial Council to reconsider part of its ruling concerning a gay bishop. The motion contends that the ruling unlawfully changes the definition of “self-avowed practicing homosexual.” Kathy L. Gilbert reports. 
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First openly gay bishop ordains first elder 

'Golf-cart granny' still serving 

CLIFTON, Texas — As her 100th birthday approached, Faye Wallace drew TV coverage as the “golf-cart granny” of Clifton. The United Methodist woman had to give up driving a car a while back, but now drives her street-ready golf cart to Meals on Wheels, where she helps prepare the food. She’s also “the heart of the congregation” at First United Methodist Church of Clifton, according to the pastor. KXXV reports.
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Learning from biblical fathers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — As the U.S. prepares to celebrate Father’s Day, what can biblical fathers teach United Methodists? The Rev. Joan LaBarr looks at how God uses biblical fathers, despite their imperfections, in the creation and salvation of the world.
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Commentary: A response to the opioid epidemic

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. — Bishop Peggy Johnson, who leads the Eastern Pennsylvania and Peninsula-Delaware conferences, has made a point of learning more about the effects of opioid addiction. She offers church leaders advice on bringing “the words of life to this drug world of death.”
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2017 Ethnic Young Adult Interns start work

WASHINGTON — Nine young justice seekers have been selected as the 2017 Ethnic Young Adult Interns sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.
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Jesus House at 1209

GREENVILLE, N.C. (RETHINK) — House number 1209 sits on what was formerly considered to be the most crime-riddled street in Greenville. Aaron Saufley, who shepherds the flock that meets at 1209 on Sundays, is giving the house a new purpose. Rethink Church, part of United Methodist Communications, has the story. 
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Thursday, June 15-Saturday, June 17

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference — The theme of the conference is “Rise Up and Pray.” Details

New England Conference — Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. The theme for the annual conference is “Vital Conversations: Race.” Details

Thursday, June 15-Sunday, June 18

Rocky Mountain Conferences — Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver. The theme of the conference is “Living Into the Beloved Community.” Details

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