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Daily Digest: May 22, 2014

“Since my arrival here, Ricks has insisted on feeding their students with organic food grown by their students. Students of agriculture at the institution are using the farm as their practicum after their theoretical lessons” – Camille Cody, a volunteer teacher at the Ricks Institute in Liberia.

Birds, bees, flowers and faith
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (UMNS) — What seem to be simple signs of new life may have deeper meanings for people of faith. The Rev. Mark Price, minister of spiritual formation at Christ United Methodist Church, shares some of the legends surrounding common images of spring including robins, daffodils and honeybees.

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Volunteer boosts agriculture activities at Liberian institute
BREWERVILLE, Liberia (UMNS) — A volunteer of Waco, Texas-based World Hunger Relief, Camille Cody ended a six-months teaching tour to help the Department of Agriculture at the Ricks Institute in Brewerville. One goal was boosting farming, including the use of organic products, to feed the students of the institution. Cody grew up United Methodist. Julu Swen of the Liberia Annual (regional) Conference has the story.

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Oklahoma Conference focuses on Native American influence
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (UMNS) — As part of the denomination’s Act of Repentance with Native Americans, members of the Oklahoma Annual (regional) Conference are engaging through education, hands-on service and joint worship with members of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. On May 27, the conference teaching time will feature six people reading Tash Smith's writings about the Native American influence on Methodism in Oklahoma, alternating with a Native American choir.

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Devotional by Bishop Robert Hayes Jr

United Methodist seminary opens farm
DELAWARE, Ohio (UMNS) — Methodist Theological School in Ohio, a United Methodist seminary, has founded Seminary Hill Farm to be a place of theology, ecology and good food for all. Beginning with this year’s harvest, all produce served in the seminary’s dining hall will come from Seminary Hill Farm. The seminary also plans to reach out to partners who can help make fresh, healthful food available to those who don’t typically have the financial means to access it.

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Student Christian groups looking for organizer
NEW YORK (UMNS) — The World Student Christian Federation and the Student Christian Movement- USA are looking for an organizer for the Student Christian Movement (USA). The application deadline is June 20.

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Church groups get $49,315 in Peace with Justice grants
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Church and Society awarded a total of $49,315 Peace with Justice grants to church groups in five U.S. jurisdictions and the Philippines. Grants went to programs addressing immigration, Korea, the death penalty, community development, and racial discrimination.

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