Daily Digest - September 19, 2013

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"Dear Lord, as You have made water a sign of your kingdom, cleansing and rebirth, grant us vision to see new life on the other side of disaster." - Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky, Mountain Sky Episcopal Area.

Bishop reflects on 'amazing' ways of people in disasters

GREENWOOD, Colo. (UMNS) - Sunday was a day for Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky of the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area to visit churches in the midst of the Colorado floods. "People are amazing in disaster," she says.
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Pastor writes of carrying on in 'hard-hit' Longmont

LONGMONT, Colo. (UMNS) - "The response from our congregation has been amazing. We had volunteer teams out Tuesday helping to muck out basements and houses for our members and others in some of the hardest hit areas," says the Rev. Carol Lillie, co-pastor with her husband, Dave, of The Heart of Longmont at First United Methodist Church.
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Saint Paul relocation brings cheers and tears

LEAWOOD, Kan. (UMNS) - Dropping enrollment and financial problems forced Saint Paul School of Theology to relocate from its large, rambling campus in the Kansas City, Mo., area to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, one of the largest United Methodist churches in the United States. Leaving its previous location was not easy, said Daniel Aleshire, director of the Association of Theological Schools, but it gives the denomination "an amazing creative possibility."
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NCC expresses grief over Navy Yard shootings

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - National Council of Churches officers have expressed shock and grief over the Washington Navy Yard tragedy in which 12 died at the hands of a gunman. "Our hearts and prayers go out for the families of the victims," said NCC President Kathryn Lohre. "We shudder at the suddenness with which so many innocent lives were taken from us."
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Efforts underway to boost rural Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UMNS) - A new school building, a completely re-modeled school building and 16 community toilets represent the first results of a collaborative United Methodist effort to improve rural life in this West African nation. The United Methodist Church in Norway, with support from the Norwegian government, is funding the partnership with the Sierra Leone Annual (regional) Conference.
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Stepping up to the SNAP Challenge

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UMNS) - Skyler E. Nimmons is "a self-proclaimed foodie," who estimates he usually spends about $25 a day on food. Despite that title, he is one of the United Methodists taking the SNAP Challenge - to live on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program allowance for an entire week and be in solidarity with people who rely on food stamps. This amounts to about $4.50 per person per day. Interpreter OnLine has the story.
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Religion and Race to award $98,000 in grants

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race will award nearly $98,000 in grants to seven church projects that will support or replicate culturally diverse, relevant and vital congregations, develop culturally competent leadership and ministries or promote institutional equity.
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Pritchett named MFSA executive director

WASHINGTON (UMNS) -Chett Pritchett is the new executive director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, an unofficial progressive caucus. Pritchett joined MFSA in the fall of 2011 and was development and communications associate before becoming the interim executive director in late 2012.

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