Daily Digest: March 11, 2014

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"Church trials produce no winners...trials are not the way forward.” — Bishop Martin McLee of the New York Annual (regional) Conference.

New York Conference dismisses Ogletree case

WHITE PLAINS,N.Y. (UMNS) — The announcement of a "just resolution" by the United Methodist New York Annual (regional) Conference dismissed a complaint against the Rev. Thomas Ogletree for performing the same-sex wedding ceremony of his son and served as a call by Bishop Martin D. McLee to end trials for such complaints.

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South Sudan trip worth the toil

CHESTER, Va. (UMNS) — “We don’t miss the heat and cold sponge baths but we do miss the people, especially the students,” writes “Teacher Margaret,” who with her fellow retired United Methodist pastor, “Teacher Beverly,” at 65 and 70 set out to help the children of South Sudan. The Rev. Margaret Kutz writes in the Richmond Times-Dispatch what she and the Rev. Beverly Nelan found.

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Bishop Palmer challenges churches to ‘reclaim children’

WORTHINGTON, Ohio (UMNS) — Ohio West Area Bishop Gregory V. Palmer of the West Ohio Area has challenged churches to double the number of Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools to 26 by 2016. The schools provide a six-week summer experience that helps children learn to love reading, increase self-esteem and generates positive attitudes toward learning. 

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How a church grew a farmers market

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (UMNS) — Stately Oakley United Methodist Church has transformed some of its land into a community garden and turned part of its parking lot into a farmers market. The result is building neighborhood relationships and celebrating locally grown food in a low-income, urban community once known as a food desert, reports the Mountain Xpress.

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United Methodist Men gives Susanna Wesley Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The National Association of Conference Presidents of United Methodist Men gave its newly created Susanna Wesley Award to Martha Davis, operations manager of the Commission on United Methodist Men.

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History of Hymns: ‘Take Time to be Holy’

DALLAS (UMNS) — This hymn’s author, William D. Longstaff, was a friend and patron of many of the noted evangelists of his day, including William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, and Dwight L. Moody, a famed American preacher. C. Michael Hawn of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, shares the story of this hymn’s evangelistic roots.

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