Daily Digest - November 06, 2013

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"They were talking to people like my great-great grandparents&ellipsis;.people who had been marginalized and left out." - Hillary Rodham Clinton, talking about the followers of John Wesley.

Clinton salutes long-running mission work in New York

NEW YORK (UMNS) - A daring group of 19th century Methodist women who ventured into the most notorious slum in New York to change the lives of children set an example that all United Methodists can follow, says Hillary Rodham Clinton. She was the keynote speaker Nov. 3 at a United Methodist City Society celebration of "175 Years of Mission in the City."
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Winkler nominated to top NCC post

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Jim Winkler, who announced his planned departure from the United Methodist Board of Church and Society early this year, has been nominated to become the next top executive and president of the National Council of Churches.
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Serbia: How the Roma struggle

BELGRADE (UMNS) - "The Roma of Belgrade are being systematically pushed off the land where they live in order to make way for shopping malls and high-rise offices," writes the Rev. Paul Jeffrey, who through his pictures and words tells the stories of a people who have been systematically marginalized and relocated by the Serbian government. Jeffery explains what United Methodists are doing to try to help.
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UMTV: Ministry with the Roma
Present and future hope for Roma children

Greater New Jersey Conference holds special session

OCEAN GROVE, N.J. (UMNS) - More than 800 people gathered Nov. 2 as the United Methodist Greater New Jersey Annual (regional) Conference celebrated the work of A Future with Hope, its Sandy recovery ministry, and made decisions related to the conference's strategic ministry plan and 2014 budget. Bishop John Schol also announced a $750,000 grant from the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.
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Newtown youth chorus sings for hope

STAMFORD, Conn. (UMNS) - The Newtown Youth Voices, formed in the wake of last December's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has been spreading its hope through performances and recordings. It's Relevant was there for a recent performance at the First United Methodist Church.
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Community mourns death of retired pastor, wife

STROMSBURG, Neb. (UMNS) - The area community is mourning and sharing memories after an accidental fire Saturday, Nov. 2, morning took the lives of a retired United Methodist pastor and his wife. The Rev. Charles Bailey was a pastor for several years at the Stromsburg United Methodist Church. His wife, Juanita, 1011now.com reports, was considered a second pastor for her dedication and devotion to the community.
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Pastor inspired by Social Capital Markets Conference

DALLAS (UMNS) - The Rev. Mike Baughman is an admitted "Methodork" who deeply loves the United Methodist Church. But he says no church conference has inspired him more than the recent Social Capital Markets Conference. He writes, "I found inspiration, hope and God at work beyond the walls of the church. I found fertile ground that the church has yet to engage. More accurately, I discovered ground that the church once owned but abandoned and now must work to reclaim."
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