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Daily Digest: July 11, 2013


"We've done some pretty unique things."
- Ann Travis, director of connectional ministry for the Holston Annual (regional) Conference, speaking of Imagine No Malaria fundraising efforts, including a district superintendent walking 100 miles.

Meetings yield $1.27 million for Imagine No Malaria

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - United Methodist annual (regional) conferences raised $1.27 million for Imagine No Malaria during sessions in May and June, helping boost the campaign total beyond $40 million. The Holston Conference led the way.
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Audit discovers misuse of Board of Discipleship funds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - A forensic audit related to misuse of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship's Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns grant funds found that a former staff person, the Rev. Sungnam Choi, diverted monies for personal gain from board-approved grants meant to support various ministry projects within the Korean American United Methodist community, the board said in a news release. Choi has subsequently surrendered his credentials and returned some of the funds, the board said. Choi was employed by the agency from Nov. 3, 2003, to June 30, 2010, as director of Korean American and Asian Ministries at the agency. The Board of Discipleship's executive committee has instructed the board's legal counsel to transfer the findings of the forensic investigation to appropriate law enforcement bodies.
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UMW critiques Senate immigration bill

NEW YORK (UMNS) - United Methodist Women says the immigration reform and border security bill passed by the U.S. Senate last month would offer a "grueling pathway" to citizenship while creating an unprecedented military buildup along the border.
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Men's 'Gathering' to be livestreamed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The 11th National Gathering of United Methodist Men begins Friday, July 12, and addresses by featured speakers - including Bishop James Swanson Jr., and the Rev. Shane Bishop - will be livestreamed.
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'Drive-by prayers' offered

EMPORIA, Kan. (UMNS) - The parking lot at Grace United Church in Emporia, Kan., is a busy and spiritual place, thanks to a "drive-by prayers" program offered by church members to anyone passing by.
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Church livestreams firefighters' memorial service

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (UMNS) - Prescott Valley United Methodist Church in Arizona was one of the locations offering remote livestream viewing of a memorial service for 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
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Burton gets new post at Church and Society

WASHINGTON (UMNS) Susan Burton has been named director and organizer for women's and children's advocacy at the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. Burton is a longtime staff member at Church and Society, and in her new position will oversee the work of the Louise and Hugh Moore Population Project.
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An intern reflects on servanthood

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Life as an intern can be a great practice in Christian servanthood, writes Kelli Kosuda in a reflection on the popular Twitter hashtag #internproblems. She is a student at Duke Divinity School, candidate for deacon and intern at the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.
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