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Court docket includes Bush library, same-sex unions
DENVER (UMNS)—The United Methodist Church’s supreme court will address several high-profile issues when it meets April 22-25 in Denver, including the performance of same-gender marriage ceremonies, the proposed George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University, and the membership process for people transferring from other denominations. Six of the eight items before the Judicial Council relate to bishops’ decisions of law, which are automatically reviewed by the nine-member panel.
Pastor works pasture to raise food for poor
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (UMNS)—Cows graze 70 acres of rolling fields dotted with barns, farm equipment and farm workers tending the herd. At a glance, you’d never know the man with the feed bucket also pastors a flock. Most every Sunday, folks can find the Rev. Nels Ledwell in the pulpit at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church. You will also find this pastor working the pasture. The 70 head of cattle grazing these fields belong to Outreach Farm, a nonprofit organization that delivers meat to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and children’s homes along the South Carolina coast. The farm provides the possibility of protein — the most expensive and, thus, most expendable part of the daily diet for people who are poor.
Inauguration inspires hope, awe for United Methodists
WASHINGTON (UMNS)—United Methodists were among the throngs of people who descended upon the nation’s capital to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America.
When Obama placed his hand on the 148-year-old Lincoln Bible and said, “I do solemnly swear,” he became the first African American to ascend to the highest office in the land and added another layer to the foundation laid by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.