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Daily Digest - June 8, 2018


“Sometimes we can use our words as verbal, theological hand grenades to destroy the other and demonize the other.”The Rev. Gary Mason, a Methodist pastor from Northern Ireland who works in peacemaking.



Florida Conference
'We must disagree well'

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Rev. Gary Mason, who grew up in Northern Ireland, is well acquainted with conflict. During a recent visit to the United States — including several churches and universities within the Florida United Methodist Conference — Mason shared about his life’s work in peacemaking. Kari C. Barlow reports on his advice for disagreeing well.
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Church seeks partnership for rape survivors’ center

BUKAVU, Congo (UMNS) — As construction continues on the Mama Lynn Center, a sanctuary for Congolese rape survivors in Kindu, United Methodists here are seeking a local partnership to help strengthen its mission. Philippe Kituka Lolonga reports.
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United Methodist Communications 
A founding Brethren: 10 facts about Otterbein

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ( — Philip William Otterbein, co-founder of the United Brethren, may not be well known to many United Methodists. Still, he played an important role in the development of what is now The United Methodist Church. Joe Iovino reports on 10 facts about Otterbein’s life and why the man’s faith still inspires.
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World Council of Churches
Worldwide prayer ahead of U.S.-North Korea summit

WASHINGTON — As people in Seoul held a candlelight vigil on June 7 to pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula, others prayed in gatherings held here by the National Council of Churches and in Geneva by the World Council of Churches. The summit between the U.S. and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is June 12.
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Read UMNS story: Korean United Methodist appeal for prayer


Council of Bishops and United Methodist Women
Speaking against child-parent separation policy

WASHINGTON — The United Methodist Council of Bishops has joined other Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders in urging the U.S. government to stop its policy of separating immigrant families. United Methodist Women also issued a statement calling for an end to the practice.
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Higher Education and Ministry
Book wins Saddlebag Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new book by the Rev. Ted A. Campbell has won the Saddlebag Award. The Historical Society of The United Methodist Church named “Encoding Methodism: Telling and Retelling Narratives of Wesleyan Origins,” as the outstanding book on United Methodist history or a related subject published during the previous calendar year. The book was published by New Room Books, an imprint of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
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Greater New Jersey Conference
Bishop’s message about Way Forward

NEPTUNE, N.J. — In a message to the Greater New Jersey Conference, Bishop John Schol offers some details about the three options for a way forward on homosexuality. He also describes why the bishops recommended the One Church Model.
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German Methodism: A strong Christian voice

Church continues to aid post-Ebola Liberia



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Deadline to register for Michigan Area Candidacy Summit in July

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Online class: Preaching a children’s sermon

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