Daily Digest: August 22, 2014

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“That was just heartbreaking to me … I felt like we were abandoning our nurses, we were abandoning our patients.” – Vicki Morris, a United Methodist doctor who just returned from volunteering in Liberia.

Doctor’s daily prayer for Liberia: ‘God, send help’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — A United Methodist doctor from Raleigh, North Carolina, talks about volunteering at an Ebola center in Liberia for Samaritan’s Purse. Dr. Vicki Morris says the situation is much worse than current news reports. “There just aren’t enough public health people to respond.”

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Commentary: Culture, politics stall Ebola response
DABOU, Côte d’Ivoire (UMNS) — Information is key in public health crises such as the Ebola outbreak, and misinformation is often the line between life and death. But precautionary measures for Ebola violate West African cultural norms, Nyamah Dunbar writes after a recent visit to Côte d’Ivoire. Dunbar, founder of Sankofa Inc. Agribusiness and the former program manager in West Africa for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is based in Liberia.

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By the numbers: deacons as delegates
CHICAGO (UMNS) — An analysis of clergy delegates elected so far for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference also considers the role of deacon, which some consider to be “women’s work.” Erin Kane looks at the statistics in “Women by the Numbers” for the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women.

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Healthcare foundation to honor UMCOR work
NEW YORK (UMNS) — The Methodist Healthcare Foundation will honor the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief and five other U.S.-based and international health leaders Aug. 28 in Memphis, Tennessee. UMCOR will receive the foundation’s “Living Award” for its role in the denomination’s Imagine No Malaria initiative.

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WCC notes interfaith efforts in Ferguson aftermath
GENEVA  (UMNS) — The World Council of Churches has praised St. Louis area churches and religious communities for their efforts to provide prayer, support for peaceful protests and an “open and honest dialogue on racism and issues of class” following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Resources to observe Labor Day
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Labor Day honors the contributions and sacrifices of workers. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship has liturgies to help your congregation celebrate workers as well as remember those seeking work.

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Resources for National Hunger Action Month
BIG ISLAND, Va. (UMNS) — Nearly 50 million people in the United States today are hungry or food insecure, says the Society of St. Andrew, at the same time some 133 billion pounds of good food will be wasted this year. The society is inviting congregations to change those

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