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TV reporters to share in Olympic dream

United Methodist Neile Jones isn’t an athlete, but she has been in her own way vigorously preparing for the Feb. 7-23, 2014, Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The evening news anchor at KNWA-TV in Fayetteville, Ark., will be reporting on the games for Nexstar NBC affiliates and their sister stations, working with more than 100 markets across the United States and the NBC network.

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Science and faith: 9th Evolution Weekend ahead

By Sam Hodges* The Rev. Paul Kottke has preached it before and he’ll preach it again — Christian faith and science, including Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, are not incompatible. “Our faith has integrity when we embrace both,” said Kottke, pastor of University Park United Methodist Church in Denver. This year, as he has for …

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Pete Seeger’s contribution to ‘We Shall Overcome’

“We Shall Overcome” is a simple musical composition with complex origins. Songs that are transmitted by oral tradition develop a life of their own, explains C. Michael Hawn of Southern Methodist University. Hawn explains the background of this treasured hymn and the ways in which many — including the late singer, songwriter and activist Pete Seeger — became part of the hymn’s history.

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New group aims to find way to ‘live in a divided church’

A new United Methodist group in the United States is forming with the aim to advance “the Kingdom of Christ,” despite the denomination’s growing divisions over same-sex unions and gay ordination.

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United Methodist expert on baptism, sacraments dies

The Rev. Gayle C. Felton, 71, a clergy member of the North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference known for her published works on baptism and the sacraments, died Jan. 25. Felton was the primary author of the 2004 denominational statement on Holy Communion, This Holy Mystery, and wrote By Water and the Spirit, a …

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