Daily Digest: July 11, 2014

“We don’t have a big movement. We won’t have a parade. We’re just asking folks to fast on July 15 to help the world look more like what God wants it to be.”
– The Rev. Ben Trammell, one of two Texas pastors asking Christians to fast for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.



Ebola outbreak closes UMC health center
MANJAMA, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — The United Methodist Health Center in Manjama, near Bo City, was quarantined July 4 following the deaths of two Ebola-infected children who were found at the center.

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Pastors urge fast for Mideast peace
HOUSTON (UMNS) — As violence escalates between Israeli forces and Hamas, two Texas pastors say their fellow United Methodists can do something in response. They are urging fellow Christians to join with a movement of Jews and Muslims who on July 15 plan to fast and pray for peace between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors. The pastors were inspired by news reports that the families of slain Israeli teen Naftali Fraenkel and slain Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir are drawing comfort from each other.

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Can Christian commitment help lead world to peace?
GENEVA (UMNS) — In the midst of global conflict, members of the World Council of Churches are taking seriously a pledge for a “pilgrimage of justice and peace.” United Methodists were among the participants in a July 2-8 meeting as the WCC Central Committee set its agenda.

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Reinhardt student helps Mexico youth soccer team
WALESKA, Ga. (UMNS) — Lindsey White, a student at United Methodist-related Reinhardt University, has two passions: soccer and mission. During a recent spring-break mission trip to Ixmiquilpan, Mexico, with her sociology class, the two came together in what she calls a “God moment.”

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Board of Discipleship launches new website
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — A completely redesigned website, www.gbod.org, is making the resources, training events, webinars, books, best practices and networking opportunities provided by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship available to church leaders with just the click of a mouse.

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Resource considers sex from faith perspective
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — As youth wrestle with what it means to be Christian and a sexual being, a new resource will attempt to open the door for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders for serious conversation, decisions and commitments. “SEX: A Christian Perspective on our Bodies, Decisions, and Relationships” is the first of a series of resources being developed by Young People’s Ministries, a division of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

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Wesley seminary hosts icon exhibit
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The Dadian Gallery of United Methodist-related Wesley Theological Seminary will host the exhibit “Living Tradition: Icons for the Liturgical Year by Davydov & Shalamova” through Sept. 19. An artist talk and reception is planned July 15 and Sept. 16. Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova were born in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, and teach icon painting around the world.

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Clarification: A plea for unity in The United Methodist Church
Two North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference clergy members — the Revs.  Laurie Hays Coffman and Paul T. Stallsworth —  recently wrote a call for unity in The United Methodist Church. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward added that the statement was endorsed by the vast majority of voters at the conference’s annual meeting June 11-14.

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