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Daily Digest - November 7, 2017


“I am happy because I have rights, I am in a very safe country. I can be a clean man here. I don’t have to lie about anything.” — Kuscha Alipoor, who took sanctuary at a United Methodist church in Germany for three months while he fought deportation in 2013. 

Photo by Mike DuBose



Refugees find community with United Methodists

BREMEN, Germany (UMNS) — United Methodist churches in Germany are helping refugees and migrants — providing sanctuary, classes and help with negotiating bureaucracy. The bishop and other members say the work is benefiting the churches, too. Vicki Brown and Mike DuBose have the story and photos.
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Bishop: Puerto Rico rises with church's help

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — Puerto Rico is rising up from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Bishop Hector Ortiz told the Council of Bishops. He and other bishops of hurricane-ravaged areas offered updates on how the church is helping recovery. Heather Hahn reports.
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Liberians asked to pray for peaceful election

MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS) — United Methodist Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. is calling on fellow Liberians to keep the peace as they prepare to vote in the country’s presidential runoff election. Liberia’s supreme court has put the election temporarily on hold. E. Julu Swen reports.
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Associated Press

Sessions visits Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition

INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with the Ten Point Coalition, an anti-violence group led by black clergy, at Barnes United Methodist Church on Nov. 6, to discuss how faith communities can work with the justice system in crime prevention. The Rev. Charles Harrison, pastor of Barnes, is president of the coalition. Sessions is also a United Methodist.
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World Council of Churches
'Talanoa': Storytelling for climate justice

BONN, Germany (WCC) — The Methodist Church in Fiji is supporting its government, which is using ‘talanoa,’ a process of storytelling and dialogue, while leading the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Rev. James Bhagwan, who has been involved in faith and climate change work for the last decade for Methodists in Fiji, is part of the World Council of Churches delegation to “COP23.”
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UMNS story: Call for ‘bold action’ at Bonn climate summit 




Soccer leads to Roma ministry in Romania

Commentary: Church should be a sanctuary for difficult conversations



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Saturday, Nov. 11

Storytelling for Preachers

Correction: The Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska has changed from Nov. 16-19 to March 1-4, 2018.


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