Daily Digest - March 9, 2017

“It began for me with my own experiences, finding language to name what I had experienced over time in ministry.” — The Rev. Stephanie York Arnold, who created the #HerTruth video for women in the North Alabama Conference.

Breaking the silence to build support

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Too young or pretty to be taken seriously as a pastor? Not valued enough for equal pay? The #HerTruth video project, produced by the United Methodist North Alabama Conference women’s commission, tells a sobering story about discrimination against women in ministry and offers resources to help the church uphold its standards of equality. Linda Bloom reports.
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Liturgies focus on women's stories

CHICAGO (UMNS) — For Women’s History Month 2017, the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women have compiled liturgies and Scripture that uplift women’s stories and struggles. 
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Commentary: Issues over 'unlawful' marriages

LANCASTER, Pa. (UMNS) — Questions of divorce and remarriage by clergy and members were considered by Methodism’s top court long before same-sex marriage became an issue. Darryl W. Stephens writes about one case considered by the Judicial Council in the 1920s.
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United Methodist bishop on CNN series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — “Archaeological and historical work cause us to stop and reflect on Scripture in a different way," says Bishop Minerva Carcaño. She is a commentator on three episodes of stories about the life and time of Jesus, including one that airs Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on CNN. Christopher Fenoglio has the story.
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Marking the past and future of mission

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Plans are underway to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of what is today the worldwide mission agency of The United Methodist Church. The observation will include local and global events and help prepare for the future of mission, according to the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
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Agency receives advice on ministry of younger men

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Want younger men active in your church? “Love them up,” said a panel of four men who are part of a think tank for the Southeastern Jurisdiction of United Methodist Men. The advice came at the meeting of the National Association of Conference Presidents of United Methodist Men.
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Discover your history for Heritage Sunday

MADISON, N.J. (UMNS) — To celebrate Heritage Sunday this spring, the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History's History and Interpretation Committee is urging congregations to discover and then celebrate their own history. Heritage Sunday will be observed on May 24, Aldersgate Day, or the Sunday preceding that date.
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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.

Wednesday, March 15

Office Hours Webinar: Storytelling for Career Guidance — Noon to 1 p.m. EDT. This webinar will explore common career turning points at various stages and ages, as well as how your own vocational story can help others in both religious and secular fields make career decisions as they respond to their own calls. Office Hours is a free webinar series featuring Candler School of Theology faculty and staff addressing practical, relevant issues in ministry. Details

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