Daily Digest - March 07, 2013

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"We've got to ask ourselves what education will be like in 18 years, will our facilities be where they need to be, and are the students learning what they'll need down the road." - Robert Manuel, new president of United Methodist-related University of Indianapolis.

Busy first semester for freshman, president

INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) - Robert Manuel has had quite a first semester at the helm of the University of Indianapolis; so has freshman Andy Wegg. Manuel has announced the school's partnership with Richard Lugar, the now-retired U.S. senator, and taken a pie to the face. Wegg has kept busy feeding a singing plant as lead in the university's production of "Little Shop of Horrors."
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Conflicts raise concerns for women around globe

NEW YORK - Rusudan Kalichava knows firsthand that significant mineral resources can be a mixed blessing for a country. The oil reserves in her native Republic of Georgia have become entangled in conflicts. What happened in Georgia is one example of how "violence, economics and war" can affect women, a topic explored in a March 5 panel organized by United Methodist Women.
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Women making history

Devotionals to go to Newtown first responders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Responders who rushed to the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., will be the first to receive a new daily devotional designed specifically for first responders but patterned after a manual that has given comfort to countless U.S. military since World War II.
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March against gun violence planned in Colorado

DENVER (UMNS) - The Rocky Mountain Annual (regional) Conference invites United Methodists to join a Silent March Against Gun Violence, organized by Colorado Ceasefire, in April. Accompanying the silent march is an empty shoes display on the steps of the state capitol building on April 18. The shoes represent victims of gun violence in Colorado. The April date corresponds to the 14th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
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Church's school break program a blessing

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (UMNS) - A week off from school ... For students, it means no homework and sleeping in. For parents, it means trying to find supervision. And for Erwin First United Methodist Church, it is an opportunity to reach out and fill a need in its neighborhood. Beth DiCocco of the Upper New York Annual (regional) Conference has the story.
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United Methodists join interfaith service following vandalism

JACKSON, Tenn. (UMNS) - Jackson area United Methodists turned out in support of a community interfaith service at Congregation B'nai Israel, on Feb. 9. The service occurred in reaction to vandalism of religious and sacred objects belonging to Margolin Hebrew Academy while students from the Memphis school were staying at a hotel in Jackson. Lane Gardner Camp of the Memphis Annual (regional) Conference shares the story.
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Clark Atlanta business school takes prize

ATLANTA (UMNS) - For the second consecutive year, a team of students from the United Methodist-related Clark Atlanta University School of Business has won first place and a $5,000 cash prize in the Institute for Supply Management's annual Black Executives in Supply Management Summit's Case Competition, held Feb. 7 in New Orleans.
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Vital Congregations launches Team Vital

FORT WORTH, Texas (UMNS) - Team Vital, the newest phase of the Vital Congregations Initiative, launched at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 21-22. Eleven conferences of The United Methodist Church began a two-year journey of learning together last month, using unique and innovative strategies to grow more highly vital congregations.
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