Daily Digest - July 6, 2017

"Due to a variety of changing circumstances, we concluded that embedding in a healthy, like-minded university would be the best way to sustain Claremont School of Theology’s mission." —  The Rev. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, president of Claremont.

Claremont, Willamette explore partnership

CLAREMONT, Calif. (UMNS) — Claremont, one of 13 United Methodist theological schools, could move to the campus of United Methodist-related Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Claremont is facing financial challenges and the move would reduce overhead, said the Rev. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, president of Claremont. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story. 
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Church in Nigeria leads in rural health care

JALINGO, Nigeria (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church in Nigeria’s rural health care program, which includes a mobile clinic, is saving lives in remote areas that aren’t reached by government health programs. The Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel reports.
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UMCOR helps in recovery from Boko Haram attacks

ATLANTA — The United Methodist Committee on Relief is collaborating with Mission 21, formerly the Basel Mission, to help Nigerian communities recover from attacks by the militant Islamic group Boko Haram. A $100,000 UMCOR grant is providing 600 people essential nutrition and non-food assistance.
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Cleanup of burned church complete

LAS VEGAS — The first phase of cleanup at Zion United Methodist Church, a 100-year-old church gutted by fire last month, is complete. The Desert Southwest Conference reports that the conference may be involved in a future building project.
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Read bishop's letter 
Read Las Vegas Review-Journal story

South Sudan churches send message of hope

GENEVA (WCC) — The heads of churches in the South Sudan Council of Churches in Addis Ababa have expressed gratitude to Ethiopia’s government, churches and people for sheltering their South Sudanese neighbors fleeing conflict in their homeland. 
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Gift to support dean's position at Candler

ATLANTA — A gift from the estate of Mary Lee Hardin Willard, of Gadsden, Alabama, has created a permanently funded endowment for Candler School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary. The gift will support the position of dean of Candler.  
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Registration open for Exploration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Registration is open for Exploration, a three-day event to help young adults ages 18-26 listen and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. 
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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.

Monday, July 24-Monday, Aug. 14

Online course “The Changing 21st Century Sunday School” — Today, many churches struggle with whether to go to a one-room Sunday school or how to reach biblically illiterate children who only attend every few weeks. This course, offered by the United Methodist BeADisciple.com and the ecumenical Practical Resources for Churches, explores ways to handle the challenges of today’s Sunday schools. Debbie Kolacki, a United Methodist certified lay servant and Christian educator, will lead. The course is eligible for one CEU. Cost is $45. Details

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