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Daily Digest - November 26, 2014

“We must begin to look inward and ask the tough questions about our people and our communities as much as or while we ask similar questions about our nation.” — The Rev. Cedrick D. Bridgeforth.

United Methodists to observe Sand Creek 150th

NEW YORK (UMNS) — When United Methodists join with Native Americans and others in Colorado this weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, their participation will mark another step in a denominational process of “setting the historical record straight.” Linda Bloom reports.

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BMCR response to Missouri grand jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. (UMNS) — In the wake of the violence that followed the grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the Rev. Cedrick D. Bridgeforth, chairperson of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, writes about what can be done now.

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Pastor in Ferguson, writes about responding in faith.

NCC: ‘Deep disappointment’ in Missouri decision

Kassig remembered for humanitarian service

INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) — During an interfaith memorial service at Butler University, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig was remembered for his dedication to serving others. The 26-year-old Indianapolis native lost his life while providing humanitarian aid in Syria. Skyler E. Nimmons has the story for the Indiana Conference.

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UMNS story on Kassig

Take part in #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — On Dec. 2, United Methodists will be part of #GivingTuesday, a growing global movement focusing on giving to help others to begin the holiday season. United Methodist entities – local churches, annual conference-related missions, general agencies and others – encourage using the day as a time to extend the spirit of Thanksgiving into Advent. Several denominational agencies are seeking support for projects and ministries on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 2.

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‘My Carolina Today’ features church’s malaria fight

RALEIGH, N.C. (UMNS) — Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, who leads the North Carolina Conference, shared with a television audience the work the denomination is doing through Imagine No Malaria. The conference also is airing 30-second commercials to promote Imagine No Malaria through Dec. 2.

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Happy Thanksgiving! United Methodist News Service will not publish a Daily Digest on Thanksgiving Day or Friday, Nov. 26. The Daily Digest will return on Monday, Dec. 1.

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.

Advent

Sunday, Nov. 30- Wednesday Dec. 24
Celebrate the start of the Christian year and prepare for Christ's birth with:

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