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Daily Digest - December 17, 2014

“We will certainly recall her as one of the great persons committed to making the world a better place.” — The Rev. Cecil Green, remembering Maya Angelou, who was a member of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.

2014: United Methodists of note remembered

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — In 2014, United Methodists marked the passing of leaders who made significant contributions in their ministry. They included pioneering leaders of United Methodist Women, a champion of United Methodist Men and a poet who preached to presidents. Here are 16 remembrances, listed by date of death. Heather Hahn reports.
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Pray Wednesday for Pakistan after terrorist attack

NEW YORK (UMNS) — All United Methodists are invited to pause for prayer at 11 a.m. EST today for the people of Peshawar, Pakistan, and the families affected by the Dec. 16 terrorist attack on a school there. The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries joins with the Church of Pakistan, a mission partner, in praying for a future of peace and security in the region.
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U.S. religious leaders condemn CIA torture

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The chief executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society is among U.S. religious leaders who condemned torture practices of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Rev Susan Henry-Crowe said the torture outlined in a Senate Intelligence Committee report “shocks the conscience.”
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Courageous women honored at Scarritt Bennett dinner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño received the Ann L. Reskovac Courage Award from Scarritt Bennett Center on Dec. 6 in recognition for her work as an immigration activist.
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Sierra Leone bans Christmas celebrations due to Ebola

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — The government of Sierra Leone banned public Christmas and New Year’s celebrations because they may exacerbate efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus. The majority of Sierra Leone’s 6 million people are Muslim, but Christmas is widely celebrated among the 27 percent of people who are Christian. Fredrick Nzwili reports for Religion News Service.
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Artist and his dog inspire church’s new ministry

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — After a neighbor committed suicide, artist Craig Nelsen concluded that loneliness can kill. He started an effort to encourage human contact. Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church has embraced his vision. Erik Alsgaard has the story for the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
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Advent quiz: Joseph’s change of heart

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — When Joseph found out Mary was pregnant before they married, he planned to ‘quietly divorce’ her. Why didn’t he?
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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.

January 2015

Wednesday, Jan. 7
Free webinar "Local Church Lay Leaders/ Lay Members to Annual Conference: What's My Job?" — 6:30 p.m. CST. Local church lay leaders and lay members to annual conference have a responsibility to promote the role of laity in fulfilling the denomination's mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Jodi Cataldo, director of laity in leadership for United Methodist Discipleship Ministries, will lead discussion around this ministry. Details.

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