Daily Digest: July 29, 2014

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“Now is the time that we must stand firm together as a nation to fight the Ebola scourge if we must survive as a nation.” – United Methodist Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone.


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Sierra Leone task force targets Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — Sierra Leone's two main faith groups — Christians and Muslims — have formed an alliance to join the fight against Ebola amid increasing infection and death rates from the epidemic in the country. The Religious Leaders Task Force on Ebola, chaired by United Methodist Bishop John K. Yambasu, was launched this month.

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‘A dream for peace on the Korean Peninsula’
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Standing behind a banner that read “Pray to End the War; Reunite Families; and Bring Peace to Korea,” the Rev. We Chang, of the United Methodist New England Annual (regional) Conference, echoed the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as he declared, “We too have a dream, a dream for peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

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Bishop Harvey: Pray for the children
BATON ROUGE, La. (UMNS) — Want to do something to help the migrant youngsters fleeing dire circumstances in Central America and coming to the United States? Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, who leads the Louisiana Annual (regional) Conference and is the granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant, suggests something every person can do: pray.

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Church at center of border crisis response
DALLAS (UMNS) — First United Methodist Church of Dallas is playing a lead role in the city's interfaith humanitarian response to the immigration crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Dallas Morning News has the story.

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Native American Youth Leadership Training set
LEBANON, Pa. (UMNS) — The Native American International Caucus of The United Methodist Church will hold “Peg-leg Flamingos: Native American Indian Youth Leadership Training” Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 16-19, at Gretna Glen Camp and Retreat Center. The gathering is for seventh-graders through high school seniors. Registration is $70.

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Why confirmation matters
PRINCETON, N.J. (UMNS) — Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist elder and a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, shares the difference confirmation makes in Christian faith development. “United Methodists value ‘synergy’ in Christian life, meaning: God does not choose to work alone,” she writes. Confirmation marks when many youth realize they can participate in the mission of God.

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History of Hymns: ‘Come, Ye Disconsolate’
DALLAS (UMNS) — Fans of “The Last Rose of Summer,” which is enjoying renewed popularity thanks to the musical group Celtic Woman, might want to check out this hymn. Both “The Last Rose” and “Come, Ye Disconsolate” are the creation of Irish writer Thomas Moore, a friend of poets Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. C. Michael Hawn in his weekly column for the United Methodist Board of Discipleship shares Moore’s story and his role in helping the Irish people.

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Pastor finds spiritual truths in ‘Doctor Who’
PONCHATOULA, La. (UMNS) — God’s love, the Rev. Matt Rawle says, is like the TARDIS. It’s bigger on the inside. Rawle is lead pastor of The Well United Methodist Church and ardent fan of the British science fiction series “Dr. Who.” He shares spiritual lessons from the series with the Baton Rouge Advocate.

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