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Daily Digest: March 14, 2014

“We need the whole Church to respect the supervisory process and uphold it in prayer. Everyone involved takes their role very seriously and is working for a just, healing and faithful outcome.” – Mountain Sky Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky on the complaints against retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert.advertisement

Same-sex wedding complaints against Talbert
DENVER (UMNS) — The formal complaint process against retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, who officiated at a same-sex union last year, is under way in the Western Jurisdiction. A March 13 news release from the Western Jurisdiction announced the action.

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Prayers asked as Crimea referendum nears
NEW YORK (UMNS) — As the March 16 date for a referendum on whether the Crimean Peninsula should become part of Russia nears, Thomas Kemper, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, asks for continued prayers for the people of the Ukraine and the missionaries there. “Let us pray for a non-violent solution to this political crisis,” Kemper said. The mission agency continues to monitor the political standoff.

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How church raises money to fight malaria
SALEM, Ore. (UMNS) — In under four months, Salem First United Methodist Church has raised more than $4,000 for Imagine No Malaria, the denomination-wide effort to eradicate preventable deaths from the disease in Africa. Jennifer Lewallen, a volunteer at the church, shares how her congregation has done it.

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Need for food aid in Delaware grows
REHEBOTH BEACH, Del. (UMNS) — You don’t have to tell those involved in caring ministries at Epworth United Methodist Church that the need for food and other help has risen dramatically in the last year. They put into context Delmarva.com’s report on how food stamp reliance runs deep in this coastal community.

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UMCOR responds to West Ohio flooding
WORTHINGTON, Ohio (UMNS) — The United Methodist Committee on Relief has approved a $50,000 grant to assist with recovery needs from the December 2013 Marion County Flood that affected the communities of LaRue, Prospect and Greencamp in West Ohio. In addition to the UMCOR grant, the West Ohio Annual (regional) Conference is providing $15,000 in relief support, the conference reports.

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Methodist bishop head of South African council
GENEVA (UMNS) — The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, top executive for the World Council of Churches, has offered congratulations to the new leaders of the South African Council of Churches, including its new president, Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, who preached at former President Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu.

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Adrian College to host Hispanic youth event
ADRIAN, Mich. (UMNS) — The chaplain’s office at United Methodist-related Adrian College plans to help host a leadership academy June 25-28 for Hispanic United Methodist youth and young adults in eighth through 12th grades. Youth will need to write a short essay and obtain a recommendation letter from someone in their congregation and a sponsor to help with the $50 registration fee. Registration forms are due April 1.

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Time to heal wounds of indigenous peoples
NEW YORK (UMNS) — “We must realize that we hold in our hands the potential to change the course of history,” writes the Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell Jr., executive secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries, Board of Global Ministries He offers resources to help as he urges churches and individuals to remember the Act of Repentance from the 2012 General Conference and begin the process to help heal the wounds of Native Americans and indigenous peoples.

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