Daily Digest: May 29, 2014

“(Bishop Clark) saw the United Methodist movement as being both local and global – local meaning vital congregations that had a global impact.” – Retired Bishop Joseph E. Pennel Jr., a longtime friend.


Bishop Clark, theologian, relief leader, dies at 93

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – Retired Bishop Roy Clyde Clark, who nurtured United Methodist ministry globally and vital congregations locally, died May 27 in Nashville. He was 93. As an active bishop, he led the Columbia (S.C.) Area, served as a director of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and was president of the denomination’s relief agency. In retirement, he helped develop the denomination’s commitment to church vitality.

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Vietnam ripe for progress on human rights, says professor

RICHMOND, Va. (UMNS) – Vietnam is ripe for progress in the area of human rights, a United Methodist missionary told seminary students Thursday, May 22. Quynh-Hoa Nguyen, a missionary with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and professor at Wesley Theological College in Ho Chi Minh City, described the challenges and hopes of Protestant churches still on the margins of Vietnamese society.

Neill Caldwell of the Virginia Annual (regional) Conference reports.

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UMTV: Veteran dedicated to vets

LANCASTER, Pa. (UMNS) – Lou Riedlinger served the United States in World War II and again during the Korean War. Riedlinger thinks about those currently serving on the front lines every day and he enlisted the help of his United Methodist church to make sure that others also recognize their sacrifice.

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Eight summer retreat ideas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – Did you know Methodists in the 1870s started the first Chautauqua gatherings for spiritual learning? Holding a Chautauqua-like weekend is just one of the ways United Methodists can have a spiritually renewing summer, suggests Patricia Bates, writing for United Methodist Communications.

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Germans contribute $185,000 to Imagine No Malaria

SCHWARZENBERG, Germany (UMNS) – Frank Aichele, mission secretary of the United Methodist Church in Germany, recently presented Pittsburgh Area Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton with a check for $185,000 in support of the denomination’s Imagine No Malaria campaign.

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Lake Junaluska youth events work with Stop Hunger Now

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) – Lake Junaluska summer youth events’ adopted theme, “One Bread, One Body,” has led to a partnership with Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency active for more than 15 years. The theme is based on Romans 12:5 and means being the body of Christ in the world through service, worship and community, which includes feeding the hungry.

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Maya Angelou, celebrated author and poet, dies at 86

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (UMNS) – Maya Angelou, 86, died May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem. The award-winning author of autobiographies, essays, and poetry was a strong supporter of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco where she visited in 2012. The year before, she delivered a lecture at St Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston. Many will remember her reading a poem at President Clinton’s 1993 inauguration.

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Millennial generation

WASHINGTON (UMNS) – Asa J. Lee, of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, gives an overview of recent Pew research about today’s young adults and what it means for churches.

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