Daily Digest: July 24, 2013

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"Her strong insistence on building bridges that connect people of diverse backgrounds, cultures and theological perspectives will serve us well as we now address the ministry of (Church and Society) in its global context... ." - Bishop Robert Hoshibata on the election of Susan Henry-Crowe as the new top executive for the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Henry-Crowe to lead Church and Society

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, dean of the Chapel and Religious Life at Emory University in Atlanta, has been elected to succeed James E. Winkler as chief executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. The appointment will be effective at the February 2014 board meeting of the agency.
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Judicial Council releases October docket


BALTIMORE (UMNS) - The United Methodist Judicial Council will consider 13 docket items when it meets Oct. 23-26 in Baltimore. Among the issues is a ruling by San Antonio Bishop James E. Dorff regarding the removal of Mary Ann Kaiser, a lesbian clergy candidate, from the ordination process in the Southwest Texas Annual (regional) Conference.
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Use social media to connect

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Even if you're doing everything possible to promote your church and make it easy for new visitors to find you, it may not be enough. United Methodist Communications gives you some tips.
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Web tools for ministry

NCC Eco-Justice Program becomes independent group

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The Eco-Justice Program of the National Council of Churches will become the independent "Creation Justice Ministries" while retaining the same focus: working through education, training and public witness to protect God's people and planet.
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India floods bring countless losses

DEHRADUN, India (UMNS) - Since floods began to wreak havoc in India's northern state of Uttarakhand, the unofficial death toll could be as high as several thousand, with more than 5,000 still missing. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working through an Indian partner, Church's Auxiliary for Social Action, to assist those affected by the disaster.
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Young 'nones,' religious progressives on the rise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - A recent U.S. study released by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution shows that though Millennials who don't identify with any religion are growing in number, they still have peers who embrace their faith. Of the 2,002 respondents, 22 percent identified as nonreligious, but 23 percent identified as "religious progressive" and 17 percent identified as "religious conservative." However, while the number of nonreligious and religious progressive Millennials are increasing compared with other generations surveyed, the numbers of religious moderates and conservatives are declining, the Washington Post reports.
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