Daily Digest - April 25, 2013

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"I believe God has put me in this position for a reason. The death rate due to malaria calls me to participate with enthusiasm and passion to the call of saving lives because mine has been saved, and I am thankful." - Adlene Kufarimai, who is working with theImagine No Malaria campaign in Alabama.

United Methodists mark World Malaria Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - April 25 is World Malaria Day, and United Methodists around the world will engage in prayer and special activities that focus on eliminating deaths and suffering from malaria. Two field coordinators for the denomination-wide Imagine No Malaria campaign share their stories.
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Bishops, mission agency reps on 'historic' China trip

NANJING, China (UMNS) - In what is considered an "historic moment," a United Methodist delegation is in China this week to renew old friendships and forge deeper relationships with Chinese Christians. The trip is a joint effort of the United Methodist Council of Bishops and the Board of Global Ministries.
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Women making history: Sandra Steiner Ball

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (UMNS) - "I had some learning challenges in my early years, ... the church was where I found sanctuary, peace and encouragement," says West Virginia Area Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball in a Q&A with United Methodist News Service.
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Remembering Bob Edgar and his impact

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - "Through his ministry, legislation and public witness, Bob (Edgar)'s legacy will continue," writes the Rev. Larry Hollon, the top executive of United Methodist Communications. Edgar was executive director of Common Cause and a United Methodist pastor. Hollon offers a tribute to his longtime friend, who died April 23.
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United Methodists to Change the World in May

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - On May 18-19, United Methodists around the globe will unite in service with their local communities for the fourth annual Change the World weekend. Change the World was observed in more than 1,500 locations internationally in 2012. United Methodist Communications has created several free planning resources including a sermon series and ideas for service projects. To locate an event in your area, go to RethinkChurch.org. Join the Change the World conversation online on Facebook, or on Twitter and Instagram using #changetheworld and #rethinkchurch.
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Emory & Henry College names new president

EMORY, Va. (UMNS) - The board of United Methodist-related Emory& Henry College announced April 22 that it has selected Jake B. Schrum to serve as president of the institution. Schrum, who retires as president of United Methodist-related Southwestern University in Texas on June 30, will begin work at Emory & Henry on Aug. 1. Schrum replaces Rosalind Reichard, who announced last fall her plans to retire as president of Emory& Henry.
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Clergy peer groups offer support, education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Interaction with other clergy from diverse backgrounds, support for taking risks and a better understanding of current trends in worship and church attendance were among the benefits of clergy continuing-education peer groups. Three groups in three annual (regional) conferences - Virginia, New York and West Michigan - formed as part of the Nurturing Innovative Clergy Leadership program. Vicki Brown of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has the story.
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Finance agency to study bishop salaries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Moses Kumar, the top executive of the General Council on Finance and Administration, told his board on April 22 that the denomination's finance agency plans to study bishop compensation packages this year. The agency will have consultants conduct two studies - one for bishopsin the United States and one for bishops in the central conference regions of Africa, Europe and Asia. The plan is for the studies to be complete in November. The aim is to provide a basis for bishop compensation, which includes salary and housing, starting in 2014.

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