Daily Digest - February 9, 2015

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"We believe that we should prayerfully, collectively and consistently continue our common struggle as Filipinos for just and lasting peace." — Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr., United Methodist leader of the Baguio area, Philippines.

Filipino bishops call for accountability in killings

MANILA, Philippines (UMNS) — United Methodist bishops called for justice and urged all United Methodists to push for an impartial probe into the killing of 44 police commandos who died in a clash with Muslim rebels. Gladys Mangiduyos reports.
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Black church pastors told to move beyond safe, demure

ATLANTA, Ga. (UMNS) — More than 450 pastors of black churches were urged to “take real risks for the reign of God” at the Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches.
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Partnerships can further denomination’s mission

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Partnerships between United Methodist-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools will further the denomination’s mission work, educators and general agency staff agreed during discussions at a meeting of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church. Marcie Smeck reports.
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Africana Hymnal Project Film Documentary Wins Emmy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — A documentary film tracing the history of black sacred music, produced by Discipleship Ministries as part of The Africana Hymnal Project, has received a regional Emmy for best documentary. The film, “Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music,” captures songs that blacks who were enslaved in America four centuries ago created for solace even during the most inhumane conditions.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.

Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 10-13
Thought in Leaders Conference — This conference at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, features practical workshops, theological education talks, faculty lectures, ministry panels, and special guest speakers. Details.

Sunday, Feb. 15
Transfiguration Sunday — Worship resources from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.

Connectional Table's last panel on human sexuality, Wesleyan identity and the life of the church — This panel, starting on this date, is available for online streaming at umc.org/connectional-table-webcast.

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.

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