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Daily Digest: May 14, 2014

“The basis for our growing and intensified partnership is a desire to be more effective in mission together. Today represents a unique and historic moment, bringing the mission passion of the Korean American churches and Global Ministries to serve together in God’s mission.” –– Thomas Kemper, top executive of the mission board, speaking of a meeting with Korean church leaders.

Torah scroll owned by SMU on exhibit at Vatican

DALLAS (UMNS) –– A rare Torah scroll owned by Bridwell Library of Southern Methodist University is on exhibit at the Vatican. The scroll, the first Bridwell item to be on display at the Vatican, dates to the mid-17th century, and was prepared by Jews living in Kaifeng, China.

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Korean church members connect with mission staff

NEW YORK (UMNS) — An estimated 250 members of Korean United Methodist churches recently visited the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries headquarters in a relationship-building effort to help align their global outreach ministries both inside and outside the United States.

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Agency names 77 exemplary teachers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry selected 77 professors and instructors at United Methodist-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools to receive Exemplary Teacher Awards.

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Commission compares church and secular parental leaves 

CHICAGO (UMNS) –– The United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women finds that denominational parental leave standards are generous by U.S. standards but less than those offered by other nations.

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Video explores painful subject of suicide

CHICAGO (UMNS) — A video on suicide prevention and ministry with those who may be considering suicide has been produced through a creative ministries grant from the United Methodist Northern Illinois Annual (regional) Conference. Retired chaplain and United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Kent Svendsen, draws from his 15 years of teaching suicide prevention for the U.S. Army in this video produced by Tim Frakes.

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