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Daily Digest: February 3, 2014

"We shall overcome. We shall overcome. Deep in my heart I do believe we shall overcome. And I believe it because somehow the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on March 31, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn.

Donor gives $1.1 million to Imagine No Malaria

LOS ALTOS, Calif. (UMNS) - Barbara Ferguson, a laywoman from Los Altos United Methodist Church, donated $1.1 million toward the California-Nevada Annual (regional) Conference's efforts in the denomination's Imagine No Malaria campaign. This is the largest gift from an individual donor to date in The United Methodist Church's campaign to eradicate deaths by malaria in Africa by 2015.

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Resources for Black History Month

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - February is Black History Month and United Methodists are taking time to reflect on race and religion.

  • The United Methodist Board of Discipleship has music and worship resources.

    Choose from resources

  • Abingdon Press offers "African American History Month Daily Devotions 2014."

    To order the devotions

  • The Rev. Christopher Anderson, Methodist librarian at the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History and Drew University, on Wednesday, Feb. 5 hosts a program commemorating the visit Martin Luther King Jr. made to Drew. The program is from noon to 1:30 p.m. EST and is part of Drew's Black History month observances.

    To listen online

  • African-American spirituals have a rich, sometimes unfamiliar history to the people who sing them today.

    Read the story in Interpreter Online

  • What started as a history project for students at United Methodist-related Rust College turned into Gracing the Table, an open dialogue forum that gives students, professors and community members the opportunity to begin the healing process of wounds left open more than a century ago during slavery.

    Read story at UMC Giving

Young Clergy Initiative grants deadline

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Wednesday, Feb. 5, is the deadline for the Young Clergy Initiative grants, which will be awarded to applicants who develop innovative projects that could attract young people to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church.

Apply

WCC seeks young adults as stewards

GENEVA (UMNS) - Christian young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 are invited to apply to the World Council of Churches Stewards Programme to learn and assist at the June 26-July 10 WCC Central Committee meeting. Application deadline is Feb. 21.

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Global AIDS Fund hosts free Atlanta event

ATLANTA (UMNS) - North Georgia Annual (regional) Conference Bishop Michael Watson and retired Bishops Woodie White and Ann Sherer-Simpson will be special guests at Just Save One Atlanta, Feb. 25. The free event hosted by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund will help attendees learn how they can be a part of eradicating HIV and AIDS around the globe.

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