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Daily Digest - January 10, 2017

“We know Dorothy Height as a strong leader in civil rights and women’s rights, but what people might not know about her is what Thomas captured, her warmth and grace late into life.” — Designer Derry Noyes on Thomas Blackshear II’s portrait of Height for a new postage stamp.

Dorothy Height stamp debuts Feb. 1

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Dorothy Height, a United Methodist who championed civil rights and women’s rights over a long career, is the subject of a U.S. Postal Service stamp that goes on sale Feb. 1. Sam Hodges reports.
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New Liberian bishop looks at pastor salaries

MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS) — During his induction as the new United Methodist bishop of Liberia, Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. said he wants to find ways to augment pastor salaries, especially rural pastors. Julu Swen has the story.
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Agency report: Church and Society

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Church and Society’s ongoing goals are to advocate for issues of peace, justice and equality with both church and national leaders. A highlight for 2016 was hosting a conference on gun violence prevention. Part of a series of reporting on the work each general agency accomplished in 2016.
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Values stressed as part of confirmation hearings

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — In a Jan. 9 letter to U.S. Senators, the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, asked that each nominee for the new Trump Administration be considered using the values of dignity, justice, peace and the common good. The Senate is holding confirmation hearings this week.
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Homeless helped by youth-inspired Blessing Box

PUYALLUP, Wash. (UMNS) — Homeless people can get emergency food, clothing and other items in a take-what-you-need Blessing Box outside Puyallup United Methodist Church. One of the church’s youth, Kheira Bach, had the idea. She writes about her motivation and seeing the Blessing Box become a reality.
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Ministry idea: Try a GaGa Pit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Wesley United Methodist Church is drawing community attention with its octagonal GaGa Pit, which also is a hit with its youth. Steve Pokin of the Springfield News-Leader explains.
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LOOKING AHEAD

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. 

Sunday, Jan. 15

Human Relations Day — United Methodist communities come together on Human Relations Day to invest in those in need of hope and an opportunity to thrive. The offerings from this Special Sunday support after-school programs, prison outreach, gang intervention, youth development and other important ministries. Get reources