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Daily Digest - March 20, 2017

“We have married couples in our church who strongly disagree on this matter. They’re not getting divorced.” — The Rev. James Howell, pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church, on the threat of denominational schism over homosexuality.

Congo Central Conference delegates elect bishops

KAMINA, Democratic Republic of Congo (UMNS) — Delegates to the Congo Central Conference elected three new bishops on March 18 and re-elected Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda. Eveline Chikwanah reports. 
Unda re-elected
Lunge second elected bishop
Congo delegates elect Owan
Muyombo elected

'Middle' churches could feel pain if schism comes

DALLAS (UMNS) — United Methodist churches with diverse views on homosexuality are, their pastors say, particularly vulnerable if a denominational breakup occurs and they have to decide between aligning with a traditionalist or progressive group.  “I think a choice of two options, if our church had to vote, would be a horrible strain," says the Rev. Cathy Johns, co-pastor of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati. Sam Hodges reports.
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Compassion and justice for immigrants, refugees

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race issued a statement calling on United Methodists to welcome immigrants and refugees. The statement also asks that churches consider becoming a sanctuary church or in some other way address the needs of immigrants and refugees. United Methodists should also, the statement says, do what they can to quell fear and hate speech.
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Theologian says Old Testament headed to extinction

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Old Testament professor Brent Strawn of Emory’s Candler School of Theology says the Bible’s Old Testament may be headed for extinction. His latest book, “The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment,” documents the decline of the Old Testament among Christians and other groups, the consequences of that and what might be done to counter it.
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Wespath honors 2 with leadership awards

GLENVIEW, Ill. (UMNS) — Jim Berner, West Virginia Conference director of administrative services, and Jerry Pinkerton, a former Wespath director from the North Texas Conference, received distinguished leadership awards from Wespath Benefits and Investments during its recent board of directors’ meeting in Hollywood, Florida.
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How long is Eastertide?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — How long is Eastertide? Test your knowledge with this and other questions about the seasons of Lent and Easter. The quiz has a new question each weekday.
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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, March 26

UMCOR Sunday — Gifts to UMCOR Sunday lay the foundation for all United Methodist Committee on Relief work by covering the costs of doing business. This means all contributions designated to specific programs can go 100 percent to these programs because UMCOR’s basic expenses are covered. Resources

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