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Daily Digest - June 8, 2017

 

"At a time when Claremont School of Theology is experiencing its greatest success, we are facing our greatest challenge." — The Rev. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, seminary president.

Claremont facing financial difficulties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Claremont School of Theology, one of The United Methodist Church’s 13 seminaries, is having financial problems that may mean the school will have to leave its current campus in California. At the same time, the seminary is celebrating its largest enrollment in the past 35 years. Kathy L. Gilbert reports
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Teen pregnancy problem after Ebola

MOYAMBA, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — Teenage pregnancy jumped in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak when thousands of girls got pregnant while schools were closed. Educators are now trying to get those girls back in school. Phileas Jusu reports.
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2017 annual conference reports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist News Service is posting reports from all annual conference sessions. New this week are reports from the Alaska, Baltimore-Washington, Red Bird Missionary and Upper New York conferences.
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Fanny Crosby: Legendary hymn writer

MADISON, N.J. (UMC.org) — The favorite hymn “Blessed Assurance” is one of more than 8,000 penned by musical visionary Fanny Crosby, who was blind. Her songs are favorites in The United Methodist Hymnal. The Rev. Alfred Day of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History tells why the life story of this 19th-century poet is as inspiring as the words we sing today.
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Bishop: Why the church will stay united

LAKELAND, Fla. — In a video, Florida Area Bishop Ken Carter offers the seven reasons he believes The United Methodist Church will stay united. He is a moderator on the Commission on a Way Forward as well as president-elect of the Council of Bishops.
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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.

Sunday, June 11

Peace with Justice Sunday — Gifts on Peace with Justice Sunday, a churchwide Special Sunday of The United Methodist Church, fund programs that advocate for peace and justice in the United States and around the world. Details

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