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Daily Digest: September 11, 2014

“We are many cultures, but we are a single family bound by a respect for human rights and dignity for all.” —  U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at a forum on “The Culture of Peace.”

Moving beyond conflict to ‘culture of peace’

UNITED NATIONS (UMNS) — During Liberia’s civil war, Christian and Muslim women learned how to work together to help bring about the war’s end. Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee knows what such cooperation can achieve. She and other speakers talked about the goals for “The Culture of Peace” during a U.N. forum.

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Affordable Care Act’s impact on the uninsured

CHICAGO (UMNS) — The Rev. Gregory Gross, an ordained United Methodist deacon, estimates he has helped hundreds of uninsured people obtain health coverage over the past year. Here are some of the stories of people who now have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Last in a two-part series.

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Humanitarian need grows in Iraq

GENEVA (UMNS) — Agencies assisting the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant attacks warn that the onset of winter will intensify the humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq. Greg Brekke reports for the World Council of Churches.

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Watch videos from WCC team visit to Iraq

Funeral arrangements for Bishop McLee

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Funeral services for Bishop Martin D. McLee will be held at 11 a.m. ET Monday, Sept. 15, at The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, New York. Viewing will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Clergy are requested to wear white robes and white stoles. Expressions of condolence can be sent to: The Family of Bishop Martin D. McLee, c/o The New York Annual Conference, 20 Soundview Ave., White Plains, New York, 10606. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to McLee’s “Young Clergy Debt Assistance Program.” Please make checks payable to “NYAC” and send to the attention of Ross Williams at New York Annual Conference.

Funeral arrangements and tributes to Bishop McLee 

McLee’s obituary by the United Methodist News Service 

Methodist Health System joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

DALLAS (UMNS) — Dallas-based Methodist Health System has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Methodist Health System described the relationship as a “clinical collaboration,” not a merger or acquisition. Methodist’s physicians will be able to consult with Mayo specialists and share treatment protocols. About 1,000 Dallas-area patients went to Mayo for treatment last year. “We think we can keep most of those folks at home now,” said Stephen Mansfield, CEO of Methodist. The Dallas Morning News reports on the collaboration.

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United Methodist Men leader trains 280 people in two countries

BOLINAO, Philippines (UMNS) — Jim Boesch of United Methodist Men  trained more than 250 people how to “Lead like Jesus” in a series of workshops that stretched from the Philippines to California. Rich Peck of United Methodist Men reports.

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