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Daily Digest - November 17, 2017



Alumni association, The Strait Times 
First Asian bishop in Singapore, Malaysia dies

SINGAPORE — The Rev. Yap Kim Hao, elected the first Asian bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore and Malaysia in 1968, died Nov. 16 at the age of 88. The Rev. Donald Messer, former head of Iliff School of Theology, said he admired Hao’s courage as a champion for inclusion within the church. “The poor, the marginalized, the discriminated against knew Bishop Kim Hao stood in solidarity with them,” Messer wrote in an email. 
Read obit from IPOH ASC Alumni Association 
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Mountain Sky Area
An 'inclusive church' as a bridge-builder

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — More than 200 people attended the “Toward an Inclusive Church” event Nov. 14 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. The event was sponsored by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy, a new advocacy group. Charmaine Robledo of the Mountain Sky Area reports.
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Knoxville News-Sentinel
Accidental church shooting injures two

TELICO PLAINS, Tenn. — A man accidentally shot himself and his wife at First United Methodist Church while he was showing off his gun during a discussion on recent church shootings. Their injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening, police said. Travis Dorman reports.
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West Virginia Conference
Bishop addresses cuts at West Virginia Wesleyan

BUCKHANNON, W. Va. — West Virginia Area Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball addressed layoffs at West Virginia Wesleyan College in a pastoral letter to the conference. The bishop said she grieved the reduction in force at the United Methodist-affiliated college, which included the chaplain position, but also understood it was necessary to help sustain the college long term. Steiner Ball said the conference would work with the college on how to strengthen United Methodist involvement amid the changes at the school.
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Bremen church embraces refugees, migrants



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Wednesday, Nov. 29

Kenya-Ethiopia Annual Conference, Naivasha, Kenya


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Beyond the Worship Wars

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