Daily Digest: August 6, 2014

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“As we work, we talk Ebola; as we go to our homes, we talk Ebola; as we go into the market, we talk Ebola, but some even educated people don’t want to face facts.”
– Veronica Karoma, a nurse at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone, said of her work with Ebola patients.




Nurses, doctors save lives but lose their own
KENEMA, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — Mbalu Fonnie and Veronica Karoma, sweat beading on their faces, squinted into the hot afternoon sun on June 8 and talked about the panic they were feeling as nurses treating the first confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone at Kenema Government Hospital. Both Fonnie and Karoma also became Ebola patients.

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Seven sites every United Methodist should see
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — World travelers may seek out pyramids, cathedrals and safari parks, but United Methodists have destinations across the globe that hold their own allure. Here are suggestions for seven fascinating places to visit.

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Saint Paul selects new president
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (UMNS) — The board of United Methodist-related Saint Paul School of Theology elected the Rev. H. Sharon Howell as the school’s president, effective Aug. 1. Howell has been the school’s interim president. The seminary has campuses at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, and Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma.

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United Methodists push South Carolina education law toward passage
COLUMBIA, S.C. (UMNS) — United Methodists championed a new South Carolina law designed to make taking the high school equivalency exam fairer and more accessible. Jessica Connor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate explains the High School Equivalency Diploma Accessibility Act and how United Methodists contributed to its passage.

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Ring it, sing it, but don’t try to wing it
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (UMNS) — The choir house rules aren’t formally listed on a wall, but participants learn them pretty fast in one of Carol Krueger’s clinics. Among the lessons: Moving an audience to a closer relationship with Jesus takes more than getting the words and notes right. Susan Green of the Florida Annual (regional) Conference reports on a weeklong United Methodist-sponsored workshop that drew musicians from multiple states and multiple denominations.

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Discipleship board offers back-to-school resources
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — A collection of back-to-school resources to help congregations and families prepare for the new school year — from prayers and litanies to articles about bullying — are now available at the United Methodist Board of Discipleship website.

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Young People’s Ministries Staffer Reflects on Global Convocation amid Typhoon
MANILLA, Philippines (UMNS) —The Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly is over. Mighty Raising, a staff member for the Young People’s Ministries, United Methodist Board of Discipleship, reflects on pulling through the logistical nightmare that it became, thanks to a Category 3 typhoon.

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