Daily Digest - March 8, 2019

“I was in an abusive relationship for 10 years, hoping and praying my boyfriend would marry me.”Asta Walolo Elveria, participant at a workshop in Cameroon on gender-based violence.

Cameroon UMW confront gender-based violence 
OBALA, Cameroon (UMNS) — Addressing gender-based violence in a patriarchal society, 55 Cameroonian women gathered recently to learn more about the issue and discover ways they can combat it. The United Methodist Women Association Cameroon coordinated the workshop. Collette Ndobe has the story.
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UMW: 150 years in mission  
United Methodist Communications
A look at women’s history: Mary McLeod Bethune

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Mary McLeod Bethune was an African-American woman, a pioneer of women’s leadership and a devoted Methodist who opened doors of education by founding a school that continues today. As part of Women’s History Month, UMC.org has a video about her impact.
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South Carolina Advocate
From closure to new life

KERSHAW, S.C. — A closed United Methodist church is now thriving in its new life: as an outreach enrichment camp for local children. Laura Camby McCaskill reports on how the church continues to serve the community. 
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Connectional Table
Leadership body calls for pause, prayer

ST. LOUIS — In the wake of the special General Conference, the Connectional Table — a denomination-wide leadership body — encourages United Methodists to take a breath, take time to process what happened and be in prayer. The Connectional Table coordinates mission and ministry.
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Read about Connectional Table’s discussions of post-GC2019 church

Higher Education and Ministry
Improving efficiency and effectiveness

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new strategic process started early last year to bolster the efficiency and impact of the services provided by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry already is paying dividends, the agency reports.
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Status and Role of Women
‘Just’ a deacon: Ministry that matters

WASHINGTON — The Rev. Jeania Ree Moore is a United Methodist deacon who advocates on behalf of the church for civil and human rights issues. She knows other deacons who are lawyers, educators, chaplains and specialized ministers. “Our vocations are reminders to the world — and, often, to the church — that God’s good news necessarily goes far, wide and is embodied in different ways and professions,” she writes. 
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Pastors become counselors after deadly tornado

Church empowers rural women in Zimbabwe

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