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Daily Digest: September 18, 2014

“There is no future. Da'ish (ISIS) destroyed our future. We are scared to go back.” - Christian girl, 14, from a village on the Nineveh Plain, Iraq.

Displaced Iraqis appeal for security and tolerance

GENEVA (UMNS) — Few people who escaped to northern Iraq after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria began what Amnesty International calls a genocide against non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslim groups think they will be able to return to their homes, reports Gregg Brekke for the World Council of Churches.

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‘Africa happens at Africa University everyday’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Since July 1, Munashe Furusa has served as vice chancellor of United Methodist-related Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. It is a role similar to a university president in the United States. He recently spoke to United Methodist News Service about his plans for the university.

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Faith, community leaders pray for immigration action

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 17, more than 50 faith and community leaders and immigration lawyers gathered to pray outside the White House, calling on President Obama to stop delaying action on immigration and fully protect unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America.

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Long-ago summer set course for many United Methodists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Hundreds of young students went to Mississippi in 1964 to focus the nation’s attention on racial inequality. Among them were many United Methodists who see that summer as pivotal to their lives. United Methodist News Service collected their reflections in a series in honor of the 50th anniversary of that historic summer.

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Indiana Conference gets boost to clergy wellness

INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) — The Indiana Conference will receive $3 million from Indiana University Health to address and promote clergy psychological and spiritual wellness. The funds also will be used to help clergy better deliver counseling to parishioners. Skyler Nimmons of the Indiana Conference reports.

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Resources for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Liturgies, hymns, and a Spanish translation of the Lord’s Prayer honor those who trace their roots to Spanish-speaking countries. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship offers resources.

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