Daily Digest - November 20, 2013

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"As long as we have people who do not feel welcome in our churches, we are not living up to the mission statement of The United Methodist Church." - Eduardo Carrillo, Connectional Table member.

Schaefer suspended 30 days for performing same-sex wedding

SPRING CITY, Pa. (UMNS) - The Rev. Frank Schaefer has been given a 30-day suspension by the jury in his church trial and told that if he cannot uphold the Book of Discipline in its entirety, he must surrender his credentials.
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Disruption prompts church leaders to address sexuality issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Connectional Table changed its agenda Nov. 19 to make time for a conversation about inclusiveness among members and guests at the fall meeting. The move followed a disruption by Love Prevails, a group advocating inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the life of The United Methodist Church.
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UMTV: UMCOR's response after typhoon

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Ahead of Typhoon Haiyan, the United Methodist Committee on Relief had teams in the Philippines laying the groundwork for a quick response. UMCOR is now coordinating a long-term plan.
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A special message from 'Chuck Knows Church'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Board of Discipleship's "Chuck Knows Church" series takes a break from humor to encourage folks to donate to recovery in the Philippines.
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Philippines Typhoon: The Church Responds

UMCOR responds to Midwest tornadoes

NEW YORK (UMNS) -The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with affected conferences to assist with immediate relief needs after tornadoes left widespread damage Nov. 17.
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United Methodists join forces in Indiana storms

LEBANON, Ind. (UMNS) - Volunteers from Centenary United Methodist Church in Lebanon helped other area residents who were in the paths of tornadic storms Nov. 17 to clean up debris. The Rev. Dan Gangler, Indiana Conference communicator, says news sources in Kokomo reported 60 homes and more than 20 businesses destroyed or heavily damaged. To help in Kokomo relief efforts, the Indiana Conference Disaster Response Team gave United Methodist-related Kokomo Urban Outreach $4,000 for food and another $700 for flashlights. Many residents are without electricity and have been told they won't have any until the weekend. Kokomo Urban Ministries will help provide food at noon and 5 p.m. and emergency light.
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Follow Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference Facebook page and Illinois Tornados 2013. Northern Illinois Annual Conference is using Facebook and its website to update.

History of Hymns: 'Thy Holy Wings, O Savior'

DALLAS (UMNS) - Caroline (formerly Karolina) Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg (1832-1903), author of this hymn, also wrote one of the most beloved Swedish hymns, "Children of the Heavenly Father," a hymn that demonstrates the rich heritage of congregational song and folk music that Scandinavian Christians have given the world.
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Correction: A Nov. 14 article, "Bishops celebrate milestone in fight to end malaria," onThe United Methodist Church's progress in the fight against malaria gave the incorrect number of annual (regional) conferences in the Western Jurisdiction. There are eight conferences in the jurisdiction.
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