Daily Digest: September 12, 2014

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“We have our part to play alongside God in this fight to defeat Ebola.” — The Rev. Yatta Young, a United Methodist educator in Liberia.

Liberia needs faith to shake off despair amid Ebola crisis

MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS) – “A feeling of despair” hangs over Liberians in the wake of the Ebola crisis and could keep the country from defeating the epidemic, said the Rev. Yatta R. Young, a dean at United Methodist University. Many still suffering from Liberia’s 14-year civil war are adopting a “defeatist attitude,” she told United Methodist News Service.

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Bishop McLee’s funeral to be streamed live

NEW YORK (UMNS) — The Riverside Church will provide a live Internet stream of the funeral service for Bishop Martin D. McLee on Monday, Sept.15. The stream will begin with the prelude music at 10:30 a.m. ET and continue with the service at 11 a.m. To view the feed, go to the New York Annual Conference live stream page.

Great Plains launches education partnership

LINCOLN, Neb. (UMNS) — United Methodists in Nebraska and Kansas launched a public school partnership with an education caravan designed to bring attention to the importance of public schools. United Methodists in the new Great Plains Annual (regional) Conference, which encompasses Nebraska and Kansas, intend to increase collaborative efforts among United Methodist congregations, schools and community partners to support local schools.

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Ukraine: Support for the uprooted

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Displaced people on both sides of the border are being assisted by the United Methodist Church in Ukraine as the Ukraine-Russia conflict continues. Financial support through the United Methodist Committee on Relief has enabled the church “to purchase meat, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, dry goods and other staple food items, ensuring families receive adequate supplies through the end of October,” reports the Rev. John Calhoun, a missionary stationed in Kyiv.

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Service marks Colorado flood anniversary

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (UMNS) As the one-year anniversary of Colorado’s devastating floods approaches, communities are still hard at work recovering from the disaster. United Methodists in the Rocky Mountain Annual (regional) Conference will join in a statewide day of service to commemorate the 2013 flood.

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Imprisoned former Pennsylvania minister sentenced for wife's murder

HARRISBURG, Pa. (UMNS) — A former United Methodist minister serving life in prison in Pennsylvania for the murder of his second wife was sentenced on Wednesday to up to 40 additional years for killing his first wife as well. David DeKok of Reuters reports on the second sentence.

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