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Daily Digest — August 04, 2015

"Early on, we provided tutoring and a safe place for students, but every year, we figure out the obstacles our students are facing and add more programming." — Abbey Jackson, director of St. Luke’s Teen Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Procession of hopefulness: Church and school partnerships

OMAHA, Neb. (UMNS) — Every afternoon at 3:15, the Rev. Chad Anglemyer watches what he calls “a procession of hopefulness.” He sees 50 or more students making their way across a busy street from nearby Burke High School straight to the doors of St. Luke's Teen Center. That’s just one example of a successful church-school partnership that Vince Isner highlights in Interpreter.
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How should faithful Christians care for animals?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — What does the Bible mean when it says humans are given dominion over animals? Reports of the killing of a lion known as Cecil in Zimbabwe have brought that question to the fore. Joe Iovino talks to a United Methodist theologian for thoughts on that question.
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UMW members put ‘feet on their prayers’ at seminar

CHICAGO (UMNS) — In worship, workshops, site visits and actions across the city, United Methodist Women members put feet on their prayers at "Interrupting Injustice: Jesus, Justice and Joy," the quadrennial National Seminar at the University of Illinois in Chicago on July 29-Aug. 2. Yvette Moore has the story for UMW.
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South Carolina church buys second transitional house

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (UMNS) — Another homeless family will soon be able to move into transitional housing through the generosity of a United Methodist congregation. Thanks to a $265,000 Christmas Miracle Mission, Advent United Methodist Church closed July 24 on a second home designed to provide a place for homeless families as they move between emergency shelters and a permanent home. The home was bought with Homes of Hope and in partnership with the Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network. Jessica Brodie reports for the Advocate.
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WCC: Pray for peace and Korean peninsula reunification

GENEVA (WCC) — The World Council of Churches invites member churches to join in prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula on Sunday, Aug. 9.
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This Charlie Brown loves to help

YORK, Pa. (UMNS) — This Charlie Brown really is a good man. He's the 10,000th volunteer with the Greater New Jersey Conference's A Future With Hope initiative, devoted to recovery from 2012's Superstorm Sandy. Jeff Wolfe of the Greater New Jersey Conference shares the story of the retired postal worker who has not retired from working hard.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

Wednesday, Aug. 19 

Alzheimer's Talks Teleconference — 3 to 4 p.m. EDT. Dr. Scott Mackin, associate professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, will speak about his work trying to understand mental illness and late-life depression and how that relates to cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s Talks is a monthly teleconference series produced by USAgainstAlzheimer's to raise awareness about issues. The United Methodist Board of Church and Society is helping with the talks. Details of how to register

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.