March 28 through March 31, 2013

UMNS Daily Digest - March 28 through March 31, 2013 (Holy Week, Good Friday, Easter, Resurrection, Women's History Month, Commission on Status and Role of Women)

"One of the reasons Mary (Magdalene) is so fascinating is that there are so many ways we can find ourselves in her story."
- The Rev. James A. Harnish, author of Women in the Bible study.

Mary Magdalene: Apostle or harlot?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - She remained by the cross when most of the male disciples had fled, and she was among the first to bear witness to Christ's Resurrection. But she still has a reputation as the Gospels' bad girl. Read what we know about the real Mary Magdalene.
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"Were you there then they crucified my Lord?"

NEW YORK (UMNS) - On the cross, Jesus asks, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" This agonizing, very human question first appears in Scripture in Psalm 22. Glory E. Dharmaraj, the retired director of spiritual formation and mission theology for United Methodist Women, offers a meditation on this cry Christians hear every Good Friday.
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Did Jesus descend into hell or the dead?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The long-debated phrase in the Apostles' Creed offers one possible answer to what Jesus did between Good Friday and Easter. And it tells us something about God, say church scholars.
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Chuck Knows Church: Easter and lilies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Does your church fill its chancel area with lilies on Easter? And what do lilies and Easter have in common? The United Methodist Board of Discipleship's "Chuck Knows Church" series has answers.
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Which came first: Easter or the eggs?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - For most Christians, Easter is the most important day of the year. However, when it comes to traditions such as decorated eggs, lilies and Peter Cottontail, even the most seasoned Easter celebrants may have questions.
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We shall be raised!

COLUMBIA, S.C. (UMNS) - What does it mean to say we "believe the in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting"? The death and Resurrection of Jesus laid the groundwork for current Christian beliefs about what happens to the body after death, say United Methodist scholars and theologians. Interpreter OnLine has the story.
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Women making history: Eunice Musa Iliya

"A woman is dependent on how society defines her," says the Rev. Eunice Musa Iliya, a Nigerian pastor. "So as I was growing up, I didn't know who I was as a woman." Iliya is the last of the United Methodist women featured during the Women's History Month series.
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Women leaders gather to learn roles, goals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Dawn Wiggins Hare, the new top executive of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women, recently led about 60 leaders from the denomination's annual (regional) conferences through some of the founders' hopes for the commission, from supporting clergywomen to broadening women's vision in local congregations to the desire to be accepted without stereotyping.
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Asian clergywomen, theologians gather at Garrett-Evangelical

EVANSTON, Ill. (UMNS) - The 28th annual Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry conference met at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary March 14-16. Of the 65 participants, 30 are United Methodist affiliated. And six of the 30 are part of the Women of Color Scholar program by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
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Women of Color Scholar Program

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