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Daily Digest - November 14, 2016


"We embrace with love our spiritual family in all our beautiful diversity — particularly our Hispanic brothers and sisters at this time — as well as others who are Asian, African-American, Native American and Anglo." — North Carolina Bishop Hope Morgan Ward on events at Pilgrimage 2016.


'Hostile actions' mar North Carolina youth event

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (UMNS) — A few hundred people walked out of a North Carolina youth event during a session dealing with pain and racism felt by young Hispanic-Latinos who had earlier been victims of intimidation, conference officials said. The Rev. Gustavo Vasquez reports.
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Ebola vaccines declared safe in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS) — Ebola trial vaccines that were first administered in February 2015 have been declared safe and ready for use in an Ebola outbreak as an intervention tool, according to a United Methodist doctor who took the vaccine.

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Church seeks to improve its town's race relations

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Nearly 100 people gathered at Church Street United Methodist Church to begin figuring out ways to encourage the city’s different racial groups to build more authentic relationships. John Shearer reports for the Holston Conference’s The Call.

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Lessons in local church history

DALLAS (UMNS) — Two professors at United Methodist Perkins School of Theology spoke to a recent gathering of local church historians, giving advice on preserving a church’s historical record. They agreed that it’s important to tell the truth, even when it’s painful. Linda S. Johnson reports for the North Texas Conference.

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Church book club marks 50 years of reading

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (UMNS) — In 1966, when Lyndon B. Johnson was president and the Beatles topped the pop charts, a group of women from First Evangelical United Brethren Church formed a book group. Fifty years later, through the breakup of the Beatles and the formation of The United Methodist Church, the book group still thrives. Susan Keaton has the story for the Northern Illinois Conference.
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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 and put Digest in the subject line.


Month of November

Native American Heritage Month — Native Americans have enriched Christian worship and ministry, and indeed Native Americans ministers were the first to bring Methodism to the Oklahoma Territory. United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers worship resources to celebrate this heritage. See resources


Sunday, Nov. 27

United Methodist Student Day — Designated offerings on this Special Sunday support scholarships for United Methodists to graduate from college and seminary. Resources


More United Methodist events