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Daily Digest - May 26, 2015

"Peace includes offering a place of hospitality, of forgiveness and reconciliation in our community…" — The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, United Methodist Board of Church and Society, on the importance of Peace with Justice Sunday.

Finding ways to build peace

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — When Meagan Gaddis wrote a thank you letter to the United Methodist Board of Church and Society for its support of Exodus House, a ministry of the Oklahoma Conference, the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe was reminded that “welcoming Meagan and her family into a new way of being out of incarceration is one critical way that we are building peace in this world.” Peace with Justice Sunday is May 31.
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Project Bountiful focuses on N.C. rural churches

RALEIGH, N.C. (UMNS) — Strengthening rural congregations and communities through intentional engagement is a goal of “Project Bountiful,” a three-year initiative of the North Carolina Conference. The project is partially funded through The Duke Endowment.
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Candler, UGA offer dual degree

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary, is partnering with the University of Georgia to offer a dual master’s in divinity and social work. “The cross-training at UGA and Emory will create a new, more effective brand of caregiver,” said Ian A. McFarland, Stokes Professor of Theology and associate dean at Candler.
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Yamada returns as interim Higher Education leader

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Ken Yamada will serve as an interim staff executive for the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Division of Higher Education beginning June 22. He previously worked at the agency from 1979 to 2011.
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Young ecumenical leader named to White House panel

WASHINGTON (WCC) — U.S. President Barack Obama has named Dr. Ulysses Burley III, a World Council of Churches leader and lay preacher in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, as one of the youngest appointees to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Burley, 32, is a clinical research associate at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
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Quiz yourself: United Methodist history

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — You may have heard about a Holy Club being connected to Methodism. Do you know what it is and how it got started? Try the latest question in our quiz.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

Thursday-Saturday, May 28-30
United Methodist Women’s History: Voices Lost & Found conference — In preparation for the 150th anniversary of the United Methodist Women in 2019, Methodist Theological School in Ohio will host a conference on campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware, Ohio. A $90 registration fee covers all conference activities, meals on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. One continuing education unit is available for an additional fee of $25. Details.

Sunday, May 31
Peace with Justice Sunday — This Special Sunday funds grants that aim to help United Methodists do justice in Jesus' name. UMCgiving.org offers resources for celebrating this Special Sunday and examples of the differences the offering makes. Resources.

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.