Daily Digest - August 1, 2017

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"Agriculture is life. We have the resources around us; all we have to do is commit ourselves." — The Rev. Joseph Theoway, director, United Methodist Rural and Agricultural Development Program in Monrovia, Liberia.

'Agriculture is life' for Liberian United Methodists

MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS) — At the Liberia Conference’s agricultural center, hundreds of acres of overgrown land surround buildings in various stages of ruin. The Rev. Joseph Theoway doesn’t see what’s there now; he sees what will be there in the future. Joey Butler has the story, Mike DuBose has photos.
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Protesting a 'culture of silence' in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — Expressing their frustration with a “culture of silence,” women of the Sierra Leone Conference took to the streets of central Freetown to protest the growing violence against women and girls in the country. Phileas Jusu has the story. 
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Interfaith effort on North Carolina rebuild

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Islamic Relief USA and the United Methodist North Carolina Conference are working together on an extensive recovery project for volunteers to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Matthew last year in the Tarboro, North Carolina, area. 
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Communicating value of spiritual care

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Learning to communicate the needs of ministry and the value of spiritual care was the focus of a Leadership Development Return on Investment workshop at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. The event was hosted by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, part of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. 
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Global Ministries plans Day of Health

ATLANTA — The United Methodist Church has committed to promoting abundant health around the world. To further that aim, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and the North Georgia Conference have planned the “UMC Day of Health” on Sept. 15 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Atlanta. 
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Sunday, Aug. 13

Room at the Table: Celebrating People of All Abilities — This gathering, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT at United Methodist Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, offers workshops on ways to be in ministry with people with mental health, sensory, intellectual and other disabilities. Sponsors include the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, North Georgia Conference and the DisAbility Ministries Committee. $10. Details

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