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Daily Digest - July 22, 2015

"One thing I wouldn’t like to happen again is when we couldn’t communicate nor seek any help in times of disaster." — The Rev. Iris Picardal Terana, who was isolated during Typhoon Haiyan.

Filipino ‘ham’ radio operators train for disasters

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church is training clergy and laity disaster management teams on the use of amateur, or “ham” radios, as a vital communications tool during typhoons and landslides when the country experiences power outages. Gladys P. Mangiduyos has the story.
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Filipino bishop testifies at U.S. Congressional hearing

WASHINGTON — United Methodist Bishop Solito Toquero, former resident bishop of the Manila Episcopal Area, told a U.S. Congressional hearing that his daughter-in-law was harassed by the Philippine security forces for supporting workers’ rights and a national minimum wage. Jon Melegrito reports for the
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Agency calls for response to police custody death

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Church and Society issued a statement July 21 calling for a public response to questions about the death of Sandra Bland while in police custody in Waller County, Texas. Bland was a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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Emory receives $1 million for religious freedom work

ATLANTA (UMNS) — The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University School of Law has received a $1 million anonymous gift to expand training in religious freedom for law students. The gift will fund "Restoring Religious Freedom: Education, Outreach, and Good Citizenship," a project that will run for four years, starting in September.
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2015 Ministry of Memory Award to Baughman

GREENCASTLE, Ind. — The 2015 Ministry of Memory Award of the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church has been presented to John J. Baughman, professor emeritus of history at DePauw University. The presentation took place July 21 at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, at the annual meeting of the society. The Banner Graphic has the story.
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Nigerian to oversee West Africa mission office

NEW YORK (UMNS) — The Rev. Eunice Iliya, a United Methodist Church leader in Nigeria, has joined the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries, its mission agency.  Iliya, who will be based in Nigeria, will serve as executive for all of West Africa.
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Gathering to look at future of worship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – “Fusion: The Future of Worship in the UMC” is scheduled  Feb. 4-6, 2016, in Raleigh, North Carolina, to bring together practitioners from vital congregations and recognized expert professors to delve into current worlds of worship resources and leadership in the areas of music, worship planning and design, preaching and sacraments. The $149 registration fee will be discounted to $129 for anyone who registers by Dec. 1. Registration for seminary and course of study students is $89.
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