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Daily Digest - November 30, 2015

“Our experience in ministry around the world confirms what science tells us about our changing Earth: Our brothers and sisters are being impacted by extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and the effects of climate-related disease and hunger.” — United Methodist letter to climate summit participants.

Calling for ‘an ambitious agreement’ on climate change

PARIS (UMNS) — United Methodist agencies have written an open letter to participants gathering Nov. 30-Dec. 11 in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The letter is “in support of an ambitious agreement to address the climate crisis.”
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Seeking climate justice in Paris
 

On #GivingTuesday, think United Methodist Church

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist agencies and ministries are taking part in #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1, offering an opportunity to make a difference. United Methodist News Service compiled a list of some ways to give through the denomination.
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Multi-site church goes multi-state

LAKELAND, Minn. (UMNS) — Embrace Church, one of the fastest-growing congregations in the United States, launched a Twin Cities campus this month with two worship services attended by 438 people. Christa Meland of the Minnesota Conference has the story of the United Methodist congregation that started in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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Responding to refugees with care, not fear

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Scripture makes it clear that Christians have a responsibility to care for refugees, says the National Council of Churches, including those fleeing the turmoil and violence of recent years in Syria. “We urge (U.S.) governors and others in positions of responsibility not to pander to fear,” the council said in a statement.
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Advent Quiz: Test your knowledge!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — See how much you know about the traditions and symbols of the Advent season by taking our daily Advent quiz.
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Pension board honors two South Carolinians

GLENVIEW, Ill. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits has given leadership awards to two South Carolina United Methodists. The Rev. David L. Anderson, benefits officer for the South Carolina Conference, received the Charles L. Calkins Award.  Joseph Heyward, a pension board member, received the Clay F. Lee Award.
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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.

Friday, Dec. 4
Workshop "Becoming a Multiethnic Church" — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MST at Brentwood United Methodist Church, 1899 S. Irving St., Denver. Learn how and why your church needs to embrace the new diversity in which it finds itself. Speakers include the Rev. Cleve May, a church planter in Durham, Colorado, at CityWell, a thriving multiethnic and economically diverse congregation in the heart of the city. Another speaker, Sam Rodriguez, directs Hispanic/Latino New Church Starts for Discipleship Ministries and Path 1. Gathering is free. Registration is requested with the Rev. Jeremy Scott at jeremy@yacumc.org. Details.