Daily Digest: May 9, 2014

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“My Christian ethics, the values I learned in The United Methodist Church. We always say my work, even as First Lady, is an extension of God’s pulpit in my life.” –– Sia Koroma, first lady of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone works to reduce mother, child deaths

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UMNS) –– Sierra Leone’s first lady Sia Koroma, a former nurse, visits United Methodist Kissy Hospital in Freetown as part of her effort to reduce maternal and child mortality in the West African nation. Imagine No Malaria will be distributing insecticide-treated bed nets in Sierra Leone.

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Pledging solidarity with Christians in Middle East

WASHINGTON (RNS) — More than 180 Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox leaders, including two United Methodist bishops, a seminary president and prominent pastor, joined forces May 7 to call for an end to the silence over persecuted Christian communities in Egypt, Iraq and Syria. Adelle M. Banks of Religion News Service reports.

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Pledge and list of United Methodist and other signers

United Methodist leaders support Claremont seminary action

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) –– United Methodist leaders are expressing support for Claremont School of Theology in the wake of its separation from the Claremont Lincoln University.

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Reminder needed on climate change, social agency says

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The recently released scientific report on climate change is a sobering reminder of the impact overconsumption is having on God’s good creation, says the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

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Bishops and church leaders conclude learning retreat

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) — Active United Methodist Bishops and the top executives of the church’s general agencies joined together this week at Epworth-by-the-Sea for a learning retreat that focused on leadership and living into community. The retreat was closed to the press and outside observers. What follows are press releases from the gathering:

Read Learning retreat begins at St. Simons Island 

Read St. Simons Island learning retreat continues 

Read Leadership retreat includes immersion experience

Read St. Simons learning retreat concludes

Kazakhstan youth testify to their faith

PAVLODAR, Kazakhstan (UMNS) –– Young people from Ushtobe, Kazakhstan, took the train for a three-day visit with youth of Pavlodar United Methodist Church. Ushtobe youth shared in worship, witnessed to their faith, visited the city, watched a 3-D movie, and slept in a dormitory. Pastor Khozhamuratov Kanat provides the details.

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Viera named dean of Drew Theological School

MADISON, N.J. (UMNS) –– Vivian A. Bull, president of Drew University, announced the appointment of the Rev. Javier A. Viera, executive minister of Christ Church in New York City, as the dean of the theological school. His appointment begins July 1.

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A Mother’s Blessing: A Photo Reflection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Real people describe the impact their mothers had on their lives. From Zimbabwe to Mexico to Kansas, these moms modeled Christ for their children, and in doing so, helped their children become the people they are today. The video can be used as a meditation for Mother’s Day or inspiration on any day.

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