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Daily Digest - June 6, 2018

 

“The government would not be directly licensing pastors, but the effect would be the same.” The Rev. Daniel G. Topalski, superintendent of the United Methodist Bulgaria-Romania Conference, on proposed changes to Bulgaria’s Religious Denominations Act.


NEWS AND FEATURES

 

Bulgarian proposals would affect churches

SOFIA, Bulgaria (UMNS) — Proposed amendments to Bulgaria’s Religious Denominations Act could affect financial support for United Methodist pastors, as well as who could serve. Ginny Whitehouse reports.
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UMW members learn about organic farming in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (UMNS) —Twenty-six women from the Tanzania Conference gathered here to discuss what they eat every day and where and how they grow their food. The members of United Methodist Women learned about organic fertilizers and farming. The Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau has the story.
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Eastern Pennsylvania Conference
Butterfly Project to address racism takes flight

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Eastern Pennsylvania Conference decision-makers took a step in a quest to dismantle racism in conference policies and practices. John Coleman reports on the conference’s Butterfly Project, an effort for racial justice intended to fulfill a resolution approved by the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
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Board of Global Ministries
Hearing a call to mission

ATLANTA — As a Global Mission Fellow, Chasity Jones found herself challenged “in the most unbelievable way,” but also recognized how much she had grown after the two-year ministry experience. Marcy Heinz has the story.
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RESOURCES
 

United Methodist Communications and Tennessee Conference
Help coping with Alzheimer’s/dementia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — How can churches help people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and their caregivers? A new, free resource now available from The United Methodist Church helps answer that question. The five-part study, titled “Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Ministry with the Forgotten” includes downloadable videos and a leader’s guide. Retired Bishop Ken Carder wrote the resource based on his experiences caring for his wife, Linda.
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Read UMNS story on Bishop Carder's ministry

World Council of Churches
Churches urged to pray to end famine

BIG ISLAND, Va. — Free resources for “Abundance Orchard,” a hunger-action themed vacation Bible school program, are available from the Society of St. Andrew. The stand-alone programs include Year 1 and Year 2.
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