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Daily Digest: August 15, 2014

“In Mississippi, I learned more deeply what ‘church’ is: gathering to pray and sing, to hear the Word and renew one’s hope, to nurse one’s wounds from the struggle, and to again take up the cross for a new reality.” – The Rev. George D. McClain on his experience with Freedom Summer in 1964.

Freedom Summer: Real world ‘shock’ for new pastor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Recruited to serve as a project chaplain in Holly Springs, Mississippi, the Rev. George D. McClain found his experience during the Freedom Summer of 1964 to be “the shock treatment beginning of my real-world theological education.”

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Survey: Help identify church’s health priorities
NEW YORK (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries invites United Methodists to complete a survey that will help identify the health priorities that should guide the next stage of the denomination’s Global Health Initiative. Please take 5 to 10 minutes to complete a survey on The United Methodist Church’s role in global health, including your opinions on Imagine No Malaria.

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Global Young People adopt petitions for 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Despite enduring a devastating typhoon, United Methodist young people and adult leaders from 34 countries successfully completed their convocation and legislative assembly in the Philippines and adopted petitions for presentation to the next General Conference. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship reports on the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly.

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United Methodist grant helps Myanmar teen
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — After fleeing soldiers in her native Myanmar (formerly Burma) with her parents and four brothers, Mu Dah lived with her family in a refugee camp in Thailand for 12 years before they came to Nashville. The 18-year-old recent high school graduate credits an education and leadership program at Belmont United Methodist Church for her success in overcoming language and cultural challenges. The program received a 2013 $10,000 Ethnic In-Service Training grant from the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.   

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Detroit churches need volunteers for flood relief
DETROIT (UMNS) — At least 11 United Methodist churches and five parsonages had significant flood damage from storms that hit the Detroit area on Monday, Aug. 11. Kay DeMoss of the Michigan Episcopal Area shares how United Methodists are responding.

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Eleven UM-related schools make "greenest" list
BOULDER, Colo. (UMNS) — Three United Methodist-related schools placed in the Top 10 of Sierra magazine's ranking of America's greenest colleges and universities, while eight more made the list of 173 green schools. American University in Washington ranked second, Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was third and Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, was No. 8.The magazine is a publication of the Sierra Club environmental group.

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Virginia D.S. to run marathon for malaria fight
RICHMOND, Va. (UMNS) — The Virginia Annual (regional) Conference, after joining the Imagine No Malaria initiative this summer, is hitting the ground running. The Rev. Steve Jones, Richmond District superintendent, is asking all Richmond District churches to support his 26.2-mile run in the Oct. 12 Chicago Marathon to raise $7,500 for Imagine No Malaria. Congregations supporting the effort so far include Fairmount in Richmond, Bethel in Oilville and Bethel United Methodist Women, Centenary in Richmond and Shady Grove in Henrico.