Daily Digest: July 10, 2014

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“That’s a classic. We’ve done it a million times.”
– Sid Davis, director of music and fine arts, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston, about “My Eternal King.



‘My Eternal King’ launched top Methodist composer
DALLAS (UMNS) — At 89, Jane Marshall is revered by music ministers and choir members for her anthems, hymns and other sacred music compositions. She was a 26-year-old homemaker and alto in the Highland Park Methodist Church choir when she wrote the anthem that launched her career — “My Eternal King.” Says Marshall: “I just decided to do it.”

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Bishop among those visiting detained immigrants
NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (UMNS) — United Methodist Los Angeles Area Bishop Minerva Carcaño led a group of faith leaders who toured Naval Base Ventura County on Tuesday, July 8. About 575 children between the ages of 13 and 17 are held there, some of the unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America. The Los Angeles Times reports.

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Complaint received for Philly same-sex union
PHILADELPHIA (UMNS) — United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson, episcopal leader for the Philadelphia Area, said she has received a complaint against the 36 pastors who officiated at the Nov. 9 same-sex union of two men performed at Arch Street United Methodist Church but added the matter is confidential and will be “prayerfully” considered according to church law.

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Pursuing peace in Nigeria
CHICAGO (UMNS) — While the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria has attracted recent international attention, Eunice Iliya is a longtime advocate for women there. One of the first women ordained as a United Methodist elder in Nigeria, Iliya serves as Special Advisor on Christian Religious Matters to the governor of Taraba. She also is a board member of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women.

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Young people to gather for global convocation
TAGAYTAY, Philippines (UMNS) — Nearly 400 United Methodist youth, young adults and adult leaders from 34 countries will gather at the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly in the Philippines next week to worship and pray together and to discuss the future of their church. The quadrennial event, organized by the Young People’s Ministries division of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, will be held July 16-20.

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The dos and don’ts of technology for development
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Much like the people he chronicles in his book, “The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator,” Ken Banks didn’t set out to be a pioneer in the technology for development movement. After seeing poverty and inequality while traveling and living in Africa, Banks designed Frontline SMS, a text-messaging service that blended dual passions for technology and international development.  Banks is a panelist at the upcoming Game Changers Summit, hosted by United Methodist Communications Sept. 3-5 in Nashville. 

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A plea for unity in The United Methodist Church
GARNER, N.C. (UMNS) — Two United Methodist clergy members in the North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference share their thoughts about divisions in the church. “By the grace of God, with the guidance of God, and under the judgment of God, let us United Methodists meet this test as one church — and remain one church — even as we work through strong disagreements, and discern Christian truth, about human sexuality,” write the Revs. Laurie Hays Coffman and Paul T. Stallsworth.


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Chuck Knows Church: The Ten Commandments
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Can you recite the 10 commandments? The United Methodist Board of Discipleship video series “Chuck Knows Church” discusses the two tablets the faithful are to use as directed. 

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