Daily Digest: May 23, 2013

Editor's note: More stories of how United Methodists are responding to the recent storm disasters can be found on Dealing with Disasters and on UMConnections.

"God will love amid this human grieving, as once he loved while hanging on a cross." - British Methodist pastor and hymn writer Andrew Pratt in a work composed after watching the tornado damage in Oklahoma.

United Methodists preparing to help

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - United Methodist annual (regional) conference disaster relief coordinators are meeting and planning to send money and deploy mission teams as soon as they get the word from the United Methodist Committee on Relief that they can go to affected areas. Bishops are responding with money and prayers.
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Native American conference gears up to help

OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) - In the wake of disaster, the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference often can help native families in ways that other agencies might overlook.
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The agony that Moore felt

NORMAN, Okla. (UMNS) - The Norman Transcript, a newspaper in a neighboring town to Moore, captured much of the agony of the tornado that hit Moore two days ago. Executive Editor/General Manager Andy Rieger told UMNS to ask "for prayers."
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Before and after from The Norman Transcript

The world mourns with Moore

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - British Methodist pastor and hymn writer Andrew Pratt composed a poignant, yet hopeful, text in the aftermath of the devastating tornado May 20.
For words and music

Moore church checking on its members

MOORE, Okla. (UMNS) - The Rev. Tish Malloy, pastor of First United Methodist Church, said the last two days have been "pretty painful" as residents of a town blown apart by a tornado start to pick up the pieces.
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Messages from around the world

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UMNS) - Messages of encouragement and promises of prayers are coming to Moore, Okla., from around the world and the Rev. Tish Malloy, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Moore, said "it means so much to us."
Read the message from Arkansas Bishop Gary Mueller

Claremont names new president

CLAREMONT, Calif. (UMNS) - The board of United Methodist Claremont School of Theology announced Wednesday, May 22, that the Rev. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan will be the school's seventh president. Kuan will succeed Jerry D. Campbell, who was president for seven years. Kuan has served as dean of Drew University's United Methodist Theological School since 2011.
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