Daily Digest: August 13, 2013

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"I myself will gain an even greater sense of commitment and inspiration to fulfill the purpose God has for my life to encourage, educate, inspire and advocate to and for others." - Edith Lee-Payne on what she expects from attending the 50th anniversary March on Washington.

Then and now: Marching on Washington

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Edith Lee-Payne, photographed on her 12th birthday at the famed march on Aug. 28, 1963, will return to Washington for the 50th anniversary festivities. The member of Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Mich., said she is bringing her granddaughters so they know "their presence can make a difference." The United Methodist Board of Church and Society shares her story.
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Presidential Medal of Freedom to United Methodists

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - At least two United Methodists will be among the 16 to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, this year. The recipients include the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, D.-Hawaii, and former Sen. Richard Lugar, R.-Ind.
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Visit your neighborhood fire and police stations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - It's ordinary for church leaders to takefor granted that firefighters, police officers and public health workers will respond to an emergency on Sunday or any other day of the week. Rich Peck of United Methodist Men shares why United Methodist clergy and laity should reach out to their community's public servants.
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Doctors serving HIV/AIDS clinics tour Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (UMNS) - Two Congolese physicians who work in HIV/AIDS clinics in Africa recently traveled throughout the Louisiana Annual (regional) Conference. Their visit shed light on the struggles faced in the global fight against the killer disease. Betty Backstrom of the Louisiana Conference shares the story.
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Joining together to reach more disciples

HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (UMNS) - Five United Methodist congregations joined together under the leadership of two full-time and one part-time pastor to try to reach more people in all walks of life. "Our clergy team has something for everyone. Older and younger. Male and female. We have the wisdom of experience as well as the creativity and openness of those who are new in ministry," said the Rev. David Childers, lead pastor.
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McMurry University names first woman president

ABILENE, Texas (UMNS) - Sandra Harper, president of Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, La., has been named the new president of United Methodist-related McMurry University. She becomes the first woman serving as a full-time president of an Abilene university.
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Alex Rodriguez is fighting for his life? Really?

DES MOINES, Wash. (UMNS) - Greater Northwest Area Bishop Grant Hagiya shares his reaction to the provocative statement by the baseball player - and thoughts on a child who really did fight for his life.
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Why I'm United Methodist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Rev. Larry Hollon, top executive of United Methodist Communications, recounts a peripatetic childhood moving among oilfield towns as his dad searched for work. The church offered stability and hospitality.
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