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Daily Digest - December 1, 2014

“I think it’s an incentive, a way to encourage them to continue to be faithful to what they are assigned to do." — The Rev. Elijah Stansell, a GCFA board member, discussing a 3 percent raise for bishops.

Bishops to get 3 percent raise in 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Most United Methodist bishops will see a 3 percent salary boost next year, a higher raise than they’ve seen in five years. The board of the denomination’s finance agency decided on the pay increase based on a bishop compensation study and trends in the secular workforce. Heather Hahn reports.

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Bishops face penalties for auditing issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency is taking separate actions against two African bishops over financial and accounting issues. Heather Hahn reports.

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Liberian church hit hard even as Ebola pace slows

TAYLOR-TA, Liberia (UMNS) — A single United Methodist church in rural Liberia has recently lost nine members to Ebola, even as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports considerable progress in stopping the disease’s spread in that country. Julu Swen reports on Taylor-ta United Methodist Church.

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Police shooting: Rise up and pray

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — As protesters took to the streets in dozens of U.S. cities after the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting of Michael Brown, the top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race writes that the church must show up “with words of hope, justice, and service.” “This is what it takes to be disciples of Jesus Christ engaged in the transformation of the world,” Erin Hawkins writes.

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This Christmas, help a child be born AIDS-free

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — This World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee invites everyone interested in helping a child be born free from HIV/AIDS to support the “Countdown to Zero: Just Save One” initiative.

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Able to move, thanks to Giving Tuesday

FARIDPUR, India (UMNS) — Roshan Johan, a 30-year-old polio patient, spent most of her life crawling on the floor like, in her words, a small child. Today, she can move without pain thanks to the three-wheel vehicle she received through the Rural Health and Community Development Project of the Clara Swain Hospital. The PET cart was purchased after more than $14,000 was donated to the project on #GivingTuesday, which falls this year on Dec. 2.

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Many United Methodists part of Giving Tuesday

Why do churches display Advent wreaths?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Check your answer to this question and test your knowledge of the Advent season with the daily Advent quiz.

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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 and put Digest in the subject line.

Tuesday, Dec. 2
#GivingTuesday — The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries will match up to $1 million in gifts made online to any project through The Advance, the designated giving program to United Methodist-supported mission and ministries. See resources.

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