Daily Digest: March 7, 2014

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“(Hillary Clinton’s) work reflects commitments United Methodist Women and our predecessor organizations have worked toward for 145 years. We look forward to hearing what she has learned in her work with women around the world.” – Harriett Jane Olson, chief executive of United Methodist Women.

Hillary Clinton to address UMW Assembly
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UMNS) — Hillary Clinton, a lifelong United Methodist and former U.S. secretary of state, will be keynote speaker for the 2014 United Methodist Women Assembly April 25-27 in Louisville, Ky.

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Should United Methodists have a bigger Bible?
WAVERLY, Ohio (UMNS) — The Rev. A.W. “Bill” Martin, a retired United Methodist elder, argues in a commentary that United Methodists should consider including texts today used by Catholic and Orthodox Christians but generally left out of Protestants’ Bibles. He notes it would require changing the Articles of Religion, part of the denomination’s doctrinal statements.

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Hoosiers active in homeless ministries
INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church in Indiana is the faith group with the largest number of churches involved in a network of congregations that take in homeless families for a week at a time. The congregations provide safety, shelter, meals and transportation to social service agencies for the parents or grandparents and to school for the children. Ed Metzler of the Indiana Annual (regional) Conference tells the story.

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Lois Josephine Yeakel, bishop’s wife, dies at 86
WAYNESBORO, Pa. (UMNS) — Lois Josephine Yeakel, the wife of retired Bishop Joseph H. Yeakel, died Wednesday, March 5, at Colestock Nursing Home, Quincy Village, in Waynesboro. She was 86. She and the bishop were married 65 years. A service of Faith and Memories will be held at 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, March 22, at Otterbein United Methodist Church, 108 E. Franklin St., in Hagerstown, Md. Memorials can be sent to Camp Casowasco Gift Fund at 158 Casowasco Dr., Moravia, NY 13118, Attention: Mike Huber. Condolences can be sent to Bishop Yeakel at 201 Quincy Court, Unit D, Waynesboro, PA 17268.


Colorado wildfires leave lingering needs
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UMNS) — It will be two years in June since the wildfires forced almost 35,000 Coloradoans to flee their homes but some people are just making decisions about what to do. United Methodists are still there helping, even though the fires are long gone from the headlines. Susan Kim explains.

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9 Chicago churches ‘safe havens’ for spring break
CHICAGO (UMNS) — Nine United Methodist churches have been selected safe havens for young people during spring break this year as part of the Safe Haven Program, the Rev. Robert E. Biekman of the Northern Illinois Annual (regional) Conference reports. The program provides safe places and healthy activities for Chicago Public School students during summer/spring break and after school by connecting churches with their neighborhood schools.

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Historic church finding its place once more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (UMNS) — Christ United Methodist Church is finding new ways to reach different people as it continues to serve its neighborhood in the middle of downtown St. Petersburg. The Tampa Bay Times reports on the 123-year-old church that refuses to quit.

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Mother honors son with home for special needs men
FLORENCE S.C. (UMNS) — Four special needs men will find a new home thanks to the generosity of a mother who wanted to honor her son. Construction began March 3 on Rick’s House on the campus of Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee. Scnow.com has the story.

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Emory names Laney Chair in Moral Leadership
ATLANTA (UMNS) — United Methodist-related Candler School of Theology at Emory University has named Robert M. Franklin Jr., one of the nation’s foremost public theologians, to the James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership. As the inaugural holder of this endowed professorship, Franklin will shape a program in moral leadership that honors the legacy of Emory President Emeritus Laney and his wife.

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OK, Mama, I just got arrested
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Jan Snider, a United Methodist and special projects producer at United Methodist Communications, shares why she traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in a nonviolent protest against U.S. deportations of unauthorized immigrants. “Sometimes even a good girl has to raise a ruckus to be heard,” she writes.

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