Daily Digest: April 1, 2014

“It changed my life. The people here, the atmosphere of this program, they take care of you in every way. — David Webb, client at Haywood Street Respite, a ministry in Asheville, N.C.

Proposals aim to boost young clergy

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Four proposals aimed at increasing the number of young clergy in The United Methodist Church were approved recently by directors of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The deadline for the second round of grant applications for the Young Clergy Initiative is July 2.

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New United Methodist Church commercial for Easter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Rethink Church, part of United Methodist Communications, offers a new ad campaign to help people find new meaning in the Resurrection.

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Church gives ill homeless people place to recover

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (UMNS) — David Webb recently walked for the first time since a 2011 scooter accident broke his leg. Webb, who has struggled with homelessness in recent years, credits Haywood Street Respite, a ministry of the United Methodist Haywood Street Congregation. The Citizen-Times shares the ministry’s progress.

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Wesley Theological Seminary presents series on King legacy

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — United Methodist Wesley Theological Seminary is presenting worship services and lectures on living the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. April 1-8. Speakers include Bishop James King Jr., South Georgia Conference, and Michel Martin, host of NPR’s Tell Me More.

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Women’s commission wants all voices heard

BATON ROUGE, La. (UMNS) — Making sure all voices are heard during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference was one of the topics discussed at the United Methodist General Commission on the Status and Role of Women’s spring meeting held March 12-14. The board also welcomed Becky Posey Williams, an experienced counselor and spiritual director, as senior director for sexual ethics and advocacy.

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So, how’s that Lenten thing working out for you?

FORREST CITY, Ark. (UMNS) — If you find yourself slipping up in your Lenten disciplines, Julian of Norwich, a 14th century mystic, offers some hope. The Rev. Bill Buchanan, Arkansas Annual (regional) Conference, shares one of the mystic’s spiritual insights.

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History of Hymns: ‘Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone’

DALLAS (UMNS) — Thomas Shepherd (1665-1739) tied his original poem to Simon of Cyrene who, according to Matthew 27:32, was compelled to carry Jesus' cross on the way to Golgotha. C. Michael Hawn of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology shares how the hymn has been modified over the centuries.

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