Daily Digest - April 1, 2019

“It’s interested parties getting together to talk about the future. It’s not an official group. … It doesn’t even have a name.”The Rev. Tom Berlin, speaking of meetings by centrist and progressive leaders of The United Methodist Church.


Denomination’s future under discussion — quietly

DALLAS (UMNS) — Discussions about the future of The United Methodist Church are quietly occurring among denomination leaders, after a recent General Conference that underscored deep divisions over homosexuality. Centrists and progressives have begun to meet, and separate talks are underway between some who backed the Traditional Plan and some who favored the One Church Plan. Sam Hodges reports.
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Sierra Leone Conference helps kick-start new school
SAYLLU, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — About 100 students now have the materials they need to attend a new United Methodist primary school in this remote community. The children received backpacks, uniforms, shoes, books and other learning materials from the Sierra Leone Conference’s Community Empowerment for Livelihoods and Development. The school is in the home village of Bishop John K. Yambasu. Phileas Jusu has the story. 
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South Carolina Advocate
Churches team up to add beds for children

FLORENCE, S.C. — One United Methodist church is demonstrating how far you can go by working together, partnering with two additional churches to provide more beds for children in need. Laura McCaskill has the story.
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Iowa Conference
Video tour of flooding in Hamburg, Iowa

HAMBURG, Iowa — The Rev. Lucas Fillmore, pastor of Shenandoah First United Methodist Church and Hamburg First United Methodist Church, leads a tour of flood damage in the area.
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Emory & Henry College
Wells to succeed Schrum at Emory & Henry

EMORY, Va. — Jake B. Schrum will retire as president of Emory & Henry College on July 1, officials of the school announced. Schrum, the 21st president of the United Methodist-affiliated college, launched the School of Health Sciences, acquired the Intermont Equestrian Center and began an $80 million fundraising campaign during his tenure. His successor will be John W. Wells, the current provost and chief academic officer.
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Hiwassee College closing in May

Seminary leaders stress inclusiveness after GC2019


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