Daily Digest: June 24, 2014

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“Today is a little bit beyond belief for me. I knew I had to bring you to the site. But I didn’t know if you’d come. And you came!” – Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, reacting at a conference dinner after a large crowd of Rocky Mountain Annual (regional) Conference members joined her June 20 in visiting the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

Conference brings hundreds to massacre site
EADS, Colo. (UMNS) — Hundreds of members of the Rocky Mountain Annual (regional) Conference rode buses for three hours to visit the Sandy Creek Massacre Historical Site, an effort to promote understanding of and healing for an 1864 atrocity that had Methodist involvement. Bishop Elaine Stanovsky led the Friday, June 20 pilgrimage, which included Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of the massacre's survivors.

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United Methodists tending to immigrant minors
TUCSON, Ariz. (UMNS) — United Methodist faith leaders are joining with other religious leaders to provide hospitality and basic needs for hundreds of undocumented Central American women and children who are being dropped off at bus stations in Tucson and Phoenix.

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Bishop: Immigrant families are not poker chips
PASADENA, Calif. (UMNS) — In an open letter, United Methodist Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño urges President Obama not to “deport your way” to immigration legislation. “We don’t gamble with the lives of families hoping to win something potentially better,” the bishop writes in the letter published by Huffington Post.

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Agency exec uses birthday to raise new church funds
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Doug Ruffle, New Church Starts (Path 1) associate executive director, celebrated his 63rd birthday on June 11 by swimming more than three miles to raise more than $4,200 to support church planters in the United States and a new church in Argentina. New Church Starts (Path 1) is part of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, which has the story.

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Warren McGuffin: ‘Giving away fishing poles’
THOMAS, Haiti (UMNS) — Warren McGuffin, a United Methodist who started a food program in Haiti, is now working to give Haitians the technological tools to feed themselves. In September, McGuffin will speak at the Game Changers Summit, sponsored by United Methodist Communications.

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Guide to pastoral transitions
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Moving to a new appointment? A new leader has 90 days to prove himself or herself, according to author Michael Watkins. United Methodist Communications offers tips based on organizational research to help clergy make a successful transition to a new church.

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History of Hymns: ‘Wellspring of Wisdom’
DALLAS (UMNS) — Miriam Therese Winter has been a prophetic voice in liturgical studies and feminist ritual for several decades, writes C. Michael Hawn of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. “Wellspring of Wisdom,” commissioned by the Hymnal Revision Committee for The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), reflects both. Hawn shares the story of a hymn that takes inspiration from Proverbs.

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Bishop Trimble: ‘Let’s stay together’
DES MOINES, Iowa (UMNS) — “My response to those who are predicting schism and splitting of The United Methodist Church is an invitation to wait on the Lord and be of good courage,” writes Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble. He shares his thoughts on church unity in a blog post that quotes the hit song by the Rev. Al Green.

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