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Daily Digest - May 11, 2017

“All I ask God now is that he allows the children to grow, and to be happy and safe.” — Consuelo, a mother who, with help from Justice for Our Neighbors, has reunited with her children.

Ministry helps mother reunite with children

NEW YORK — With the aid of the legal director for New York Justice for Our Neighbors, a mother was reunited with her children after 10 years. The family will attend church together on Mother’s Day. National Justice for Our Neighbors, a United Methodist-related program, has the story.
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Resource addresses Trump order on religious liberty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An online resource regarding President Donald Trump’s May 4 executive order on religious liberty is available from The United Methodist Church’s finance and administration agency. The General Council on Finance and Administration encourages caution in interpreting the order and adds that “the law prohibits churches from campaigning for or against a candidate for public office.” 
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Bishop Ward honored as 'Champion for Children'

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Foundation for Public School Education has honored Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, who leads the North Carolina Conference, as a 2017 “Champion for Children.” Ward accepted the award on behalf of Congregations for Children, a shared-mission focus of the North Carolina and Western North Carolina conferences. The North Carolina Conference has the story. 
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Church gives boost to crime-fighting coalition

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — An Indianapolis group known for fighting crime is getting some significant help from a United Methodist church. Zionsville United Methodist Church has donated $32,000 to the nationally recognized Ten Point Coalition, which itself was founded by a United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Charles Harrison. WTHR has the story.
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Commentary: Finding faith in Dubai

ATLANTA — When Thomas Kemper, top executive of United Methodist Global Ministries, visited Dubai recently, he found a “vital and vibrant church” whose members are devoted United Methodist migrant workers from the Philippines.
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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.

Saturday, May 13

Drew University’s 2017 commencement and sesquicentennial celebration — 10:30 a.m. Eastern, in Madison, New Jersey. United Methodist-related Drew University will celebrate its commencement and kick off its sesquicentennial year with speakers Julia Wolfe, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for music, and the Rev. William Barber II, a nationally known pastor and civil rights advocate. Barber is a graduate of United Methodist Drew Theological School. Details

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