Daily Digest - April 5, 2018

"If London was not a global city, profoundly renewed and resourced by immigration, by people who are devout Christians … this church would have about 55 members.”The Rev. Martyn Atkins, Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.

Harriet Appiah-Anderson (left) sings with the choir at Wesley's Chapel in London. She is chair of the church's Ghanaian fellowship. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS. 



Diversity leads to growth for London churches

LONDON (UMNS) — Methodists from around the globe are finding a home in some of London’s historic congregations, including Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, across from Westminster Abbey. Part of an occasional series of stories, “British Methodism: Staying Relevant in Wesley’s Homeland.” Linda Bloom has the story and Mike DuBose has photos.
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British Methodism: Staying Relevant in Wesley’s Homeland  

Close a church, open a ministry?

LONDON (UMNS) — While there is no quick fix for the British church’s deep membership decline, saving church buildings is not really the issue, says the Rev. Martyn Atkins. “It’s much more a case of, if you close a church, what new ministry are you going to open?” Linda Bloom reports.
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2018 annual conference report posted

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist News Service posts reports from all annual conferences at www.umc.org/ac2018. New this week is the Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Conference report. 
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Abingdon Press, Iliff School of Theology
Launch set for Oliveto book

DENVER — Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen P. Oliveto has written a new book, “Our Strangely Warmed Hearts: Coming Out Into God’s Call,” published by Abingdon Press. A panel of laity and clergy from the Rocky Mountain Conference will analyze the volume at a book launch from 9 a.m. to noon April 14 at United Methodist Iliff School of Theology.
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Pages, marshals sought for special GC2019 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Volunteers can apply online to serve as marshals or pages during the special 2019 General Conference. The top legislative assembly of The United Methodist Church will meet Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri. About 150 volunteers are needed. The deadline to apply is July 31. 
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United Methodist Women
King’s unfinished dream

NEW YORK (UMNS) — “Social, economic, and political institutions still discriminate, although some institutions have amended their behavior by eliminating obvious discriminatory practices and choosing their language carefully,” says the United Methodist Book of Resolutions. What does this mean for us today? United Methodist Women considers the question as part of the group's remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  
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United Methodists stand, act to end racism

United Methodists on 50 years without King



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Wednesday, April 11

The McDonald Lectures with David F. Ford: Jesus in the 21st Century

Sunday, April 15 

Native American Ministries Sunday



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