Mission team witnesses miracle of children hearing for the first time

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During the week of Oct. 6, a six-member Hope of Hearing mission team tested 351 children and fit 97 with hearing aids.

Mission Agency will match $1 million on UMC #GivingTuesday

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The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries announced that on Dec. 2, 2014, it will match up to $1 million in gifts made online to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday.

Orphans abandoned, shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis

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“I went to my relatives after my mother died, but they chased me away, even after I told them that I didn’t have Ebola,” said Frank, 12, who tested negative for Ebola at the hospital where his mother died.

Mark Driscoll resigns from Mars Hill Church

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Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who has been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego that alienated his most devoted followers, resigned from his Seattle church Tuesday (Oct. 14), according to a document obtained by RNS.

GCFA Board of Directors Elect Two New Members

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The board of directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) elected two new members for the remainder of the 2013 – 2016 quadrennium.

Stanley Hauerwas drops out of General Theological Seminary lecture series after controversy

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Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has declined a series of lectures he was scheduled to give at New York’s General Theological Seminary in November in the wake of the crisis roiling the school.

Recently Read: Students ask Harvard to cut ties with Teach for America

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Citing concerns about undue corporate influence, Harvard students request that President Faust end the institution’s relationship with Teach for America.

United Methodist agency to reshape Its global mission and ministries

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The United Methodist Church’s global mission agency will create a network of offices around the world linked and accountable to headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, beginning in late 2016.

Supreme Court allows gay marriage to expand to 30 states

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The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage on Monday (Oct. 6), leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize the practice in 11 additional states.

Atheists tweet more often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, study shows

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A new study of Twitter finds that self-identified religious users are more likely to tweet to members of their own faith than to members of a different one.

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