"May the stories of the faithful who have gone before us continue to embolden us in seeking justice for all God's children." - Mary Brooke Casad, executive secretary of the Connectional Table.
Pastor's civil rights work still matters
MONROE, La. (UMNS) - "My dad always said it was the Methodist pastors who helped bring about civil rights in Louisiana through their brave stances and bold witnesses, supported by many good Methodist lay folk," writes Mary Brooke Casad, executive secretary of the Connectional Table, in a commentary. Casad's father, better known as Bishop Ben Oliphint, was one of those Methodist pastors who took a brave stance.
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Churces comfort after Ohio school tragedy
CHARDON, Ohio (UMNS) - The mood was somber and reflective as the community of Chardon, Ohio, gathered for prayer vigils after shootings at the town high school that killed three students and wounded two others. When dusk settled on the town 30 miles east of Cleveland, the community turned to prayer.
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BMCR webcast of episcopal candidates
LAS VEGAS (UMNS) - For the first time in Black Methodists for Church Renewal history, the majority of the endorsed episcopal candidates of The United Methodist Church will assemble at the organization's annual meeting for a "let us get to know you" session during the March 1 plenary sessions. Nineteen candidates from the Northeastern, South Central and Southeastern jurisdictions had registered for the meeting and live webcast by midday Feb. 28 and others were expected. A schedule of events, including sessions with the episcopal candidates, is on the BMCR website.
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Young people respond to restructuring
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) -The Division on Ministries with Young People, part of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, has issued a response to the proposed restructure by the Interim Operations Team and Connectional Table. "Change is necessary," the group's executive table said in a statement. "The work that has been done, both by the Interim Operations Team and the General Agencies, is a beginning; but we believe the church needs more time to discern and dialogue before a new structure can be implemented." The United Methodist News Service Daily Digest will publish statements from General Conference delegations and other groups as those statements are received and space is available.
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Putting Wesley in reforms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - A group of United Methodist clergy and laity urge keeping the denomination's shared Wesleyan tradition in mind as church members discuss proposed reforms. The group has put together a Missional Manifesto declaring the shared beliefs and welcoming church members to sign. "We would suggest that the Missional Manifesto works in parallel with the work of the Call to Action task force and the recommendations of the Interim Operations Team," the group says on its website. "Part of the impetus for developing this manifesto was our own longing for a statement which more explicitly conveyed a missional identity for the United Methodist Church, something which the Call to Action material assumed, but never overtly communicated."
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