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Daily Digest - May 31, 2018




Conference claims property of exiting church

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (UMNS) — The Mississippi Conference says departing members of First United Methodist Church in Louisville can’t take church property with them. Now the matter heads to court. Heather Hahn reports. 
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Baltimore-Washington Conference 
Bishop rules 2 LGBTQ clergy candidates ineligible

BALTIMORE, Md. (UMNS) — Baltimore-Washington Area Bishop LaTrelle Easterling ruled that two individuals the Board of Ordained Ministry had approved were not eligible for ordination and commissioning because they are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.” Erik Alsgaard has the story. 
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Greater New Jersey Conference
Supporting remedies to N.J. school segregation

WILDWOOD, N.J. — In a historic move, United Methodists in Greater New Jersey are joining with social justice groups to try to compel the state to provide remedies for the 270,000 black and Latino students who attend segregated New Jersey schools. Josh Kinney reports.
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Zimbabwe churches march for peace 

HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — United Methodist churches took part in a march aimed at increasing understanding and awareness of the church’s role in the secular community with a focus on peaceful elections. The elections will be the first since longtime President Robert Mugabe was ousted in November 2017. Chenayi Kumuterera reports. 
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Fire guts remote Sierra Leone community

JOYAH, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — A mysterious fire that gutted eight houses here left about 75 residents homeless and with no means of earning a living. The remote community was already receiving basic services from the Sierra Leone Conference’s Community Empowerment for Livelihood and Development program, including a $40,000 health center. Phileas Jusu has the story. 
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Board of Global Ministries
Agency seeks mission stories for celebration

ATLANTA — As part of its bicentennial celebration of Methodist mission, the Board of Global Ministries is asking local churches, institutions and individuals to tell their own mission stories.
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Commission on Status and Role of Women
Toolkit to address #MeToo movement

CHICAGO — In response to the #MeToo movement, the Commission on the Status and Role of Women has developed a resource to help address the problem of sexual misconduct throughout the church and in society at large. The “#MeToo Toolkit: Resources for a faithful response” has been designed for people in all ministry settings.
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Wisconsin Conference
Delegate’s request for GC2019

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — The Rev. Sam Royappa has written an open letter to his fellow delegates, who will vote at the special General Conference in 2019. He offers his ideas for ways to make the special session “really special” and fruitful.
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Pastor relates struggles under communism

Commentary: Rescuing Outler's 'Visions and Dreams'



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