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Daily Digest: July 22, 2014

“(Children) leave because here there is hunger, violence and poverty. But maybe it's good to reflect a little on the causes of poverty in Honduras.” – The Rev. Juan Guerrero, United Methodist superintendent in Honduras.

Commentary: Why Honduran children come to U.S.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (UMNS) — The Rev. Juan Guerrero, superintendent of the United Methodist mission in Honduras, discusses the root causes of why unaccompanied children from his country are attempting the dangerous journey to the U.S. border.

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Pastoral letter from Texas bishops

United Methodist children’s home preparing for migrants
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (UMNS) — Federal officials have asked the United Methodist Home for Children in this central Pennsylvania community to prepare to take in children from Central America. “In staying true to the Home's history and mission, we are committed to providing a safe and caring environment for any children who, through no fault of their own, are in desperate need of help while explorations are being made for their future,” said the home’s head, David Reed, in an email to

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Georgia church does not color inside the lines
ATLANTA (UMNS) — Since Eastside Church’s first Sunday, artists have used the United Methodist church’s worship services to create a visual piece inspired by the sermon. The church’s art ministry also has spread beyond the walls of the church. Ansley Brackin, communications specialist in the North Georgia Annual (regional) Conference, has the story.


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McCord scholar finds purpose in ministry
HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (UMNS)Kevin Kosh Jr. credits his education at United Methodist-related Rust College with cultivating his faith and preparing him to lead others in ministry. As a McCord scholar and ambassador, Kosh continues to travel throughout the denomination to tell his story and to demonstrate the importance of historically black colleges and universities.

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>How young people are shaping the church
TAGAYTAY, Philippines (UMNS) — In a video update from the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly, young people and other church leaders share how they are affecting the church and the world. Among the ways: helping with typhoon recovery.

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Earlier updates from the convocation

United Methodists gathering to tackle AIDS
DENVER (UMNS) —Bishop Cynthia Harvey from Louisiana will provide a clarion call to action to those gathered at the fifth United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Conference, Countdown to Zero: Just Save One, to be held Sept.11-13 in Denver. “HIV/AIDS is an issue with many faces,” says Harvey. “It is an issue that not only belongs to our culture; but even more importantly, it is an issue that belongs to the church.”

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History of Hymns: ‘O Gladsome Light’
DALLAS (UMNS) —When churchgoers ask to sing the “old” hymns, C. Michael Hawn suggests worship leaders consider bringing out “O Gladsome Light.” This hymn was written anonymously in Greek as early as the third century, long before Latin became the favored language of Christian liturgy. Hawn shares how the hymn survived and is now No. 686 in the United Methodist Hymnal.

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