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Daily Digest January 29, 2016

"Seems bleak, but God is bigger than this problem and God will get us through." – Peter Plum, Crossroads District water crisis coordinator about Flint, Michigan.

Water crisis coordinator: Filtration is priority

FLINT, Mich. (UMNS) — Two months before the water crisis in Flint made international headlines, the Crossroads District of the Detroit Conference hired Peter Plum as an emergency water crisis coordinator. "The pastors in Flint got together last fall, convinced it was time to offer people whatever relief was possible," Plum said. Since then, filtration has been his priority. Kay DeMoss reports for the conference.

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The Ten Commandments of Food

GENEVA (WCC) — The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit believes every plate of food can remind us of challenges and opportunities for justice. The top executive of the World Council of Churches presented the "Ten Commandments" of food recently to business and political leaders at a World Economic Forum session.

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Promoting food security in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana (UMNS) — Nearly 60 women and men from three communities near Accra, the capital of Ghana, participated in trainings last fall, sponsored by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, to build their capacities for sustainable agriculture and nutrition awareness. Alice Mar, UMCOR executive secretary for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, has the story.

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Church shooting survivor to speak at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. (UMNS) — Jennifer Pinckney, widow of the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, who was among nine killed last year in the shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, will take part in a roundtable conversation Tuesday, Feb. 9, at United Methodist-related Duke University. The free event, "Reflections on Charleston: A Conversation on Faith and Race," takes place at 7 p.m. EST at Page Auditorium.

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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 newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

Monday, Feb. 1

Deadline for submissions to men's ministry contest –– The Commission on United Methodist Men is inviting submissions to the second annual U.S. contest for the most outstanding local church, district and conference ministries to men. Details

Thursday, Feb. 4

Webinar "2016 VBS Preview" — 6 to 7 p.m. CST. Debbie Kolacki, a United Methodist Christian educator, will lead an overview of vacation Bible school curricula in this webinar offered by Practical Resources for Churches. Details

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