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Daily Digest - December 8, 2014

"Migration is happening from everywhere to everywhere, especially because many people are trying to find a safe place to live." — Bishop Rosemarie Wenner at Global Migration Conference.


Migrants are 21st century missionaries for global church

FREUDENSTADT, Germany (UMNS) — Migrants are the 21st century missionaries for a global United Methodist Church, said speakers at the first Global Migration Consultation sponsored by the United Methodist Church in Germany and the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. The Rev. Arthur McClanahan, director of communications for the Iowa Conference, reports.
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All lives matter — a lesson from Hebrew midwives

FERGUSON, Mo. (UMNS) — “Black lives matter” has been the message in protests and social media since two grand juries decided not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two black men. The Rev. F. Willis Johnson Jr., pastor of Wellspring Church, a United Methodist congregation in Ferguson, reminds readers that all lives matter. He illustrates his message with two less-known heroes of Exodus — Shiprah and Puah.
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Communicating hope amid Ebola crisis

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire (UMNS) — With United Methodist Church help, West African countries without Ebola are looking at communications needs if there is a further outbreak. Isaac Broune of Côte d'Ivoire has the story.
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What makes a meaningful gift?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Giving cost-free gifts isn't always about low budgets or Scrooge-like reputations. Instead, freebies can be about kindness, memories, and creativity. Gifts of meaning and not money are bestowed out of gratitude for the difference someone has made in your life, or to make a difference in the life of another. Susan Passi-Klaus has the story.
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SMU planning cuts, layoffs

DALLAS (UMNS) — After various building projects and amid a billion-dollar capital campaign, Southern Methodist University is planning layoffs and other moves to trim $35 million in expenses. Moody's Investors Service says the United Methodist-related university's finances are stable but that it has "very thin liquidity" compared to similar schools, The Dallas Morning News reports.
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New video for Imagine No Malaria encourages sharing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The tragedy of Ebola is making headlines, but in terms of scale, malaria is still far more deadly. United Methodist Communications has developed a 30-second social video to raise global awareness of the impact of malaria.
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Advent quiz: What color is Mary’s dress?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The figures in depictions of Christ’s birth are rich with symbolism. Do you know what color is used for Mary’s dress in many Nativity sets or Christmas scenes?
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