Ebola at the border (Page 2)

A poster detailing the signs of Ebola is taped to a door at Dabou Methodist Hospital in Dabou, hub of the church's healthcare system in this West African nation.

A poster detailing the signs of Ebola is taped to a door at Dabou Methodist Hospital in Dabou, hub of the church's healthcare system in this West African nation. 

 

Frequent hand washing has become the norm in Côte d'Ivoire as church and public health officials raise warnings about the Ebola virus.

Frequent hand washing has become the norm in Côte d'Ivoire as church and public health officials raise warnings about the Ebola virus.

 

Fishermen walk past their boats in Monogaga.Fishermen walk past their boats in Monogaga.

 

A young girl shares the road with passing goats in the fishing community of Monogaga.

A young girl shares the road with passing goats in the fishing community of Monogaga.

 

Chief André Djirika Djeli (center) and village elders walk through the fishing community of Monogaga.

Chief André Djirika Djeli (center) and village elders walk through the fishing community of Monogaga.

 

Boh Lion, a fisherman and village elder, walks up the steps of the abandoned health clinic in Monogaga. Lion says the clinic has not been used since the doctor left some years ago.

Boh Lion, a fisherman and village elder, walks up the steps of the abandoned health clinic in Monogaga. Lion says the clinic has not been used since the doctor left some years ago. 

 

Boh Lion, a fisherman and village elder, walks through the abandoned health clinic in Monogaga. Lion says the clinic has not been used since the doctor left some years ago. The village chief says he hopes The United Methodist Church will reopen the clinic.

Boh Lion, a fisherman and village elder, walks through the abandoned health clinic in Monogaga. Lion says the clinic has not been used since the doctor left some years ago. The village chief says he hopes The United Methodist Church will reopen the clinic.

 

Henry Jöel Koman, 8, recites his lesson at The United Methodist Church's primary school in Kounouko. The village chief praised the church's success in raising the literacy rate.

Henry Jöel Koman, 8, recites his lesson at The United Methodist Church's primary school in Kounouko. The village chief praised the church's success in raising the literacy rate. 

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Daily Digest - August 19, 2019

UMCNext plan would end LGBTQ restrictions; Energy crisis takes toll on Zimbabwe church; Bishops, agency respond to GC2019 vote probe
General Conference
The Commission on General Conference meets in August at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky. Both the denomination’s bishops and finance agency are following up on commission requests. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Bishops, agency respond to GC2019 vote probe

Both bishops and the finance agency have agreed to take action following findings of voting irregularities.
Social Concerns
UMCNext, a coalition that includes Reconciling Ministries Network, Uniting Methodists and Mainstream UMC, has offered a plan that would end The United Methodist Church's restrictions against same-sex weddings and LGBTQ ordination and offer a gracious exit to local churches that disagree with those changes.

UMCNext plan would end LGBTQ restrictions

Coalition of centrists and progressives favors removing restrictions on LGBTQ ordination and same-sex weddings, allowing exit plan for churches that disagree.