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Daily Digest: June 4, 2014

“I want people to know what transmits malaria, what the malaria mosquito looks like, what they can do to prevent the disease.” — Ernest Jusu, a nurse in Sierra Leone.



Volunteers arming communities against malaria
BO, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — In a small, cramped schoolroom, scores of dedicated volunteers are sitting elbow to elbow, learning how to fight a foe that creeps into their homes in the dead of night, often taking the lives of children under 5. On June 5, they will start swarming every household within the 15 districts and capital city of Bo, handing out vouchers for insecticide-treated bed nets.

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Video Diary: Health team covers Sierra Leone
BO, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — You can see a video diary from each day as The United Methodist Church, in partnership with the Sierra Leone government, prepares for and completes its distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets.

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North Central Jurisdiction holds ride for Imagine No Malaria
OKEMOS, Mich. (UMNS) — Four United Methodist bicyclists have planned a 12-day ride from Brandon, S.D., to Port Clinton, Ohio, to raise funds and awareness of Imagine No Malaria. Kay DeMoss of the Michigan Area has the story of the first United Methodist ride to touch all nine states in the North Central Jurisdiction.

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New pollution rule ‘important step,’ says Church and Society
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Officials of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society called the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed rule “an important step in reducing carbon pollution in the United States,” representing “a much-needed and much-overdue commitment” on climate change.

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Faith leaders urge support for sentencing act
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — More than 1,100 faith leaders urged the U.S. Congress June 3 to support a bipartisan sentencing reform bill to reduce mandatory-minimum sentences for federal drug offenses. The letter about the Smarter Sentencing Act (S 1410/HR 3382) was coordinated by the Faith in Action Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, a coalition of 43 faith organizations chaired by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

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A ‘power lunch’ that empowers mission
SAN FRANCISCO (UMNS) — Each year, Investor Warren Buffett hosts a charity power lunch to help support the programs of Glide United Methodist Church, raising nearly $16 million over the past 15 years. This year’s bidding process opened June 1 on eBay and will close Friday, June 6.

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Updated: North Georgia clergy, laity take stand against schism
ATLANTA (UMNS) — This story has been updated to include responses from the Rev. Steve Wood, a North Georgia Annual (regional) Conference pastor who has been involved in conversation with clergy calling for amicable separation as well as clergy who support the clergy covenant. He hasn’t signed either statement, and he shares why.

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Christian hip-hop artist headlines worship tour
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — GO ON Tour, a worship concert featuring Christian hip-hop artist Tedashii and speakers from the national United Methodist youth event YOUTH 2015, will visit each of the church’s U.S. jurisdictions starting Sept. 13. YOUTH 2015 is sponsored by Young People’s Ministries, a division of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

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Puerto Rican Methodists remember honorary bishop
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (UMNS) — Methodists in Puerto Rico are celebrating the life of the Bishop Emeritus Gildo Figueroa Sánchez, who died May 27 at the age 96. He pastored several congregations in Puerto Rico, New York and Florida and also served as an executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. In 1992, the first General Conference of The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico gave him the title “Bishop Emeritus,” essentially honorary bishop, in recognition of his work as conference superintendent from 1975 to 1981.  The Rev. Lizzette Gabriel-Montalvo, president of the Latin American Evangelical Methodist Churches Council (CIEMAL), said that Sánchez was an outstanding leader of Methodism and ecumenical relations in Puerto Rico. 

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