Daily Digest - May 2, 2019

“I would think in the next five years there will be a number of small-college closures.”Robert Allen, president of Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, which will close its doors at the end of the spring semester.


Closures raise survival issues for small colleges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist-related colleges and universities are looking toward collaborations and mergers as they work to survive in challenging times for small liberal arts institutions. Jim Patterson has the first of a two-part series. 
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Coming Friday: Historically black colleges are also struggling financially
Great Plains Conference
Small Kansas church baptizes 13 youth

KANAPOLIS, Kan. — Kanapolis United Methodist Church averages about 28 in attendance on Sundays. But on April 28, the tiny church baptized almost half that number: 12 children from the Sunday school class and one 16-month-old toddler. David Burke reports. 
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Cameroon UMW aims to empower displaced women
YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon (UMNS) — The United Methodist women in Cameroon have made helping helping internally displaced people in the country a priority. During its three-day annual conference, the women’s group focused on skills training that would empower members to generate income and teach displaced women and girls in their communities to become self-sufficient in their new locations. Collette Ndobe has the story. 
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Ask The UMC
Chart explains Judicial Council rulings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Judicial Council rulings on the Traditional Plan and the disaffiliation legislation passed at the 2019 General Conference are presented in a chart with links to the full text of all of the rulings.
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Court rulings escalate talk of church split
Court OKs part of Traditional plan, exit plan

Church hosts drag show to protest GC2019 vote

DURHAM, N.C. — People in Durham found a unique way to oppose The United Methodist Church’s stance on homosexuality and support members of the LGBTQ community. They packed Calvary United Methodist Church April 28 for an event called "Drag Me to Church" — a family-friendly drag show and silent auction that raised $5,000 for iNSIDEoUT180, a local LGBTQ youth organization. WNCN reports.
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United Methodist News Service includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UMNS staff.

Commentary: Why traditionalists are not leaving
THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Following the passage of the Traditional Plan at the 2019 General Conference, there is talk in more progressive circles about resisting the decision and hoping that more conservative United Methodists decide to leave the denomination. The Rev. Thomas Lambrecht, vice president of Good News, said it would not make sense for traditionalists to abandon the denomination after it affirmed traditional standards on marriage and sexuality.
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Read the Rev. Adam Hamilton’s blog
Read UMNS story about centrists, progressives


Faith laid foundation for Lugar’s public service

Pastors provide emotional support to cyclone survivors


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Daily digest - August 23, 2019

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Daily Digest - August 22, 2019

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