Daily Digest: April 10, 2014

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“This isn't meant to be a divisive rally; we're just sending a message. There's something you can do now, Mr. President: Extend Deferred Action and suspend deportation. Let indifference end here and now.” – The Rev. Sherry Brady, organizer of a prayer vigil in Safford, Ariz., and associate pastor of First United Methodist Church.

United Methodists join weekend action to stop deportations
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — During the weekend of April 5-6, many prayers were said for immigrant families torn apart by deportations. United Methodists joined with other faith groups and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network in a weekend of action to ask President Obama for temporary suspension of deportations, which will soon reach 2 million.

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Navy chaplain serves in mudslide disaster
OSLO, Wash. (UMNS) — United Methodist Navy Chaplain Jennifer Bowden has worked non-stop helping two Navy families cope with terrible loss from the tragic mudslide. The North Georgia Annual (regional) Conference has the story.

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Event highlights communications tech in poverty fight
NEW YORK (UMNS) — United Methodist Church staff and their partners are speaking at the XIV Infopoverty World Conference 2014, April 10-11, on using communications technology to combat poverty. The Rev. Neelley Hicks, United Methodist Communications, will speak during sessions from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET April 10 and 9:30 a.m. to noon April 11. The Rev. Liberato Bautista, United Methodist Board of Church and Society, will speak during a 4 to 6 p.m. session April 10. UN Web TV is streaming the sessions live.

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Bishop asks prayers for stabbing victims
PITTSBURGH (UMNS) — Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the Western Pennsylvania Annual (regional) Conference has asked for prayers for survivors of a mass stabbing at a Murrysville, Pa., high school. One of the wounded students is a member of Murryville United Methodist Church.

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United Methodist missionary dies from injuries
NEW YORK (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is mourning the loss of Tshala Mwengo, a United Methodist missionary, who died April 9 from injuries sustained in a bus accident.

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Global Ministries’ opening session to be streamed online
NEW YORK (UMNS) — Directors of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries will meet April 10-12 and Thursday’s opening worship service and report by Thomas Kemper, the board’s top executive, will be streamed live online.  Meeting updates also will be available on

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‘Seven Levers’ gives direction to conference lay leaders
KANSAS CITY (UMNS) — When the United Methodist Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders gathered March 20 - 23, participants weren’t there to reminisce or celebrate but seek ways to help their conferences change for the better. Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase provided some direction through his new book, “Seven Levers.” Fred Koenig of the Missouri Annual (regional) Conference reports.

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Q&A with Bishop Robert Schnase

Church administrative assistants discuss ministry challenges
ASHVILLE, N.C. (UMNS) — Administrative assistants often play an essential role in keeping United Methodist ministries on track. They shared ideas and learned from various ministry leaders when they gathered for the annual meeting of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries. The Rev. Michael Rich of the Western North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference covered the gathering.

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Peace conference becomes interfaith gathering
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — Rabbis sang in Hebrew, a Muslim prayed in Arabic and United Methodists were involved at every turn during an international gathering of people from across the faith spectrum for a forum on peace March 27-30. (This item originally appeared in the April 1 digest with a faulty link.)

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