Daily Digest - April 9, 2018

"We wanted to do it for the people here. A long, long time it was our dream to have a café. The main purpose was to raise money, next to give the love of Jesus.”Helga Saalbach, a member of Lorsbacher Gemeinde (Lorsbach United Methodist Church), on the church’s café.

The Rev. Heike Miller (right) visits with Dieter Kugelmann outside the United Methodist Church in Lorsbach, Germany, during Café Gegenüber, a weekly gathering for coffee, cake and conversation. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS. 



Tiny church vital center for community

LORSBACH, Germany (UMNS) — A weekly gathering for “kaffe und kuchen” hosted by a 12-member United Methodist church has transformed one village and its relationship with the church while raising money for a life-changing education program in Ghana. Vicki Brown reports and Mike DuBose has photos in the final story of a series on German United Methodism. 
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Bishop urges new mindset for way forward

CHICAGO (UMNS) — To find a way forward through its impasse around homosexuality, a bishop said The United Methodist Church will need a new mindset at the 2019 special General Conference. Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball offered ways church leaders on the Connectional Table can “help things go well.” Heather Hahn reports.
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Holston Conference
United Methodist picked up in ICE raid 

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — A United Methodist was among 97 employees detained after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at a meat-packing plant. The man and his family are members at Iglesia Rios de Agua Via, a United Methodist church here. ICE said all those arrested are suspected of being in the country illegally. The family is anxiously awaiting word, Annette Spence reports. 
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Legacy of Alabama clergywoman remembered

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. — Rows and rows of female clergy sat together at the funeral of the Rev. Barbara Harper to bear witness to the legacy of the trailblazing United Methodist minister. Greg Garrison reports.
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World Methodist Council
Methodists, Baptists finish dialogue

SALISBURY, England — Representatives of the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council have completed the last of the rounds of conversations of the international dialogue started in 2014. The final report will be presented in July to the next World Methodist Council meeting and to the executive committee of the Baptist World Alliance.
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United Methodist Communications
Quiz: United Methodists by the numbers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — How many United Methodist churches are there? How many hospitals are affiliated with the church? Check your knowledge of this and other numbers about the denomination with the United Methodist Numbers Quiz. 
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'Christian only' cottage ownership challenged

Liberian United Methodists anxious after DED termination



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