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Daily Digest - November 20, 2015

Most of all, they gave me an example of courage, of loving their families enough to risk their lives to seek a place where their kids won't be bombed.” — Paul Jeffrey on the refugees he photographed in Greece.

Seeking refuge across the sea

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Photojournalist Paul Jeffrey has heard stories from refugees making their way through Europe in recent months, but the United Methodist missionary wanted to see where many started that arduous journey. So he went to Greece, where a record number arrived by sea in October. Linda Bloom has the story.
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Church leaders decry violence against Lumads

PARAÑAQUE, Philippines (UMNS) — United Methodist leaders in the Philippines decried violence against indigenous people during Lumad Solidarity Day. The Lumads are indigenous people of the southern Philippines. For the past several months, they have been the victims of genocide and human rights violations, caught in the middle of combat between government soldiers and paramilitary rebels. Gladys Mangiduyos reports.
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1 woman, 2 hurricanes equals United Methodist love

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (UMNS) — Claudia Waller knows all about hurricanes and the floods that come with them. After experiencing both Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Superstorm Sandy in Atlantic City, she also knows how much United Methodists care. Jeff Wolfe reports for the Greater New Jersey Conference.
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600 hundred children, youth to attend Methodist assembly

SWINDON, England (UMNS) — Nearly 600 children and young people ages 8-23 will get the chance to have their say on important issues including the conflict in the Middle East, immigration and climate change. They will participate in the Methodist Children’s and Youth Assembly, 3Generate. The annual event includes workshops, activities, worship and more.
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19th-century journal found at Adrian College

ADRIAN, Mich. (UMNS) — In a nondescript cardboard box of miscellaneous items at Adrian College, someone found a journal dated 1839. The journal, which began in 1839 and ended in 1841, contained the writings of the Rev. David Stedman Ingraham, a student of Asa Mahan’s. Mahan helped found Adrian College. Both he and Ingraham were active in the abolitionist movement. Included in the journal were a description and a drawing of a slave ship Ingraham had inspected at Port Royal, Jamaica. David Frownfelder has the story for the Daily Telegram.
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Stay connected to General Conference 2016 with new app

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — A redesigned 2016 General Conference app is now available. A helpful way to stay connected and learn more about all aspects of the conference, the app will feature news, photo and social media feeds, video and audio archives, live-streaming of worship and plenary, the Daily Christian Advocate and petition tracking.
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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.

Tuesday, Dec. 1
#GivingTuesday — The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries offers resources to help church members get involved. Resources.

World AIDS Day — This observance provides an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Details about The United Methodist Church's "Just Save One" campaign.

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.