Daily Digest - July 13, 2017

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Duke Divinity School strives for diversity

DURHAM, N.C. (UMNS) — Less than a year into her tenure as dean of the Duke Divinity School, the Rev. Elaine Heath has faced challenges to her goal of bringing diversity to the United Methodist school. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story. 
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Read UMNS profiles of five diverse Duke Divinity students 

Assisting those fleeing siege in Philippines

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — United Methodists are helping some of the thousands displaced by the battle between government forces and Islamic State militants in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao over the past six weeks. Gladys Mangiduyos reports.
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Praying for peace in Marawi  

Pledges for peace in Korean Peninsula

LEIPZIG, Germany (WCC) — As part of the closing worship service for a forum on peace in the Korean Peninsula, a pastor from North Korea and a pastor from South Korea presided over Holy Communion together, while United Methodist Bishop Hee-Soo Jung of Wisconsin preached. “We’re connected to God, to Jesus, to each other,” he said. “Our lives are connected — whether we like it or not.” Faith representatives outlined an advocacy plan during the meeting, which was hosted by the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the World Council of Churches.
Bishop Jung’s reflection on Korea  
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2017 annual conference reports 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist News Service is posting all annual conference reports. New this week are California-Nevada, North Carolina, Rocky Mountain and Western North Carolina. 
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Racial-justice grant program gets started

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Racial-justice projects initiated and led by young people will receive financial support with funds allocated by the Connectional Table, Discipleship Ministries and two other United Methodist general agencies. Grants up to $2,500 will be available, starting in September. 
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Commentary: Bishop Ward on Hispanic ministries

GARNER, N.C. — North Carolina Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and her cabinet are learning Spanish and planning an immersion trip to Guatemala. “Hispanic ministries are an important part of our life in mission together,” Ward writes, adding that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the denomination’s National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Wednesday, July 19

MTSO’s “An Evening on the Farm” — 6:30-8 p.m. EDT at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio. Delicious locally grown food, live music and farm tours will highlight “An Evening on the Farm.” The event offers a chance to learn about the school’s initiatives around sustainability and food justice, including academic classes around ecology, solar power, geothermal heating and cooling and Seminary Hill Farm. Tickets are $75 per person, of which $50 is a tax-deductible donation. Details

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