Daily Digest — September 2, 2015

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As a doctor and a United Methodist, my role in this Ebola trial vaccines process has been and still is one of encouragement.” – Dr. Francis Karteh on taking part in a trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine.

Ebola vaccine participant happy with results

MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS) – A United Methodist doctor who took an experimental Ebola vaccine said he is healthy and has no signs of complications.  Julu Swen reports on Dr. Francis Karteh’s experience.
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Children lead malaria fight

COLUMBIA, S.C. (UMNS) – Children are leading an Imagine No Malaria initiative in South Carolina, said the Rev. Jeri Katherine Warden Sipes, Imagine No Malaria field coordinator for the conference. She said the most significant amount of money right now is being raised by children and youth of local congregations. Jessica Brodie reports for the South Carolina Advocate.
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Ferrum holds Stop Hunger Now event

FERRUM, Va. (UMNS) – More than 500 students at United Methodist-related Ferrum College joined with hundreds of local church and community members Aug. 30 to package nutritious meals for Stop Hunger Now, a denominational partner. The 55,512 meals packaged during the event will be shipped to the Philippines this week.
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Seeing a way to immigration reform

HOUSTON (UMNS) – A United Methodist immigration law expert will speak at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church here on Sept. 19.  Charles Foster’s address is titled “Where There’s No Path: Re-imagining Immigration Reform.” It’s sponsored by Project CURATE in Houston. Foster leads the Greater Houston Partnership Task Force on Immigration Reform.
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New resource: ‘Developing Your Operating Budget’

WASHINGTON (UMNS) – The Lewis Center for Church Leadership, part of United Methodist Wesley Theological Seminary, is offering a new video series with church budgeting advice. The cost is $39.
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History of Hymns: ‘Leave it There’

DALLAS (UMNS) – The Rev. Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933) was one of the eminent preachers of Methodism at the turn of the 20th century. C. Michael Hawn of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology shares a bit about the man called the “father of African-American Hymnody” and “the prince of preachers.”
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What Instagram taught me about God

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – How many times have we put God in a box — or a square if you will — for simplicity’s sake? Shane Raynor of United Methodist Ministry Matters shares this and other lessons from the social networking platform Instagram.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.

Sunday, Sept. 6 
Day of Confession, Repentance, Prayer, and Commitment to End Racism – The African Methodist Episcopal Church, a full-communion partner of The United Methodist Church, asks every church, temple, synagogue, mosque and place of worship to focus on race and asks every worship leader to preach on race and remind congregations that God created all of us to dwell together in unity. Details

Tuesday, Sept. 8 
Deadline to register for four online courses offered by United Methodist Communications – United Methodist Communications will offer the following courses Sept. 9-21: “Communicating Faith in the 21st Century,” “Connectional Giving," "Moodle 100: Basic Training" and “Welcoming Ministry 100.” Costs vary. Connectional Giving is free. Details

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.

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