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A contractor in protective gear studies one of the last remaining lots being cleared of hazardous soil in Paradise, Calif., on Nov. 4, 2019. Wildfires have damaged or destroyed at least 198,392 acres in the state. Photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Johnson of the California National Guard. Courtesy Defense Visual Information Distribution Network.

Response to wildfires deepens with experience

Some people dig in while others leave or work to help fire survivors. Responses are evolving as Californians get more experience dealing with wildfires.
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The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church, including its judicial process. A United Methodist clergyman who is prominent in interfaith work is facing that process after four women accused him of sexual misconduct. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Clergyman accused of sexual misconduct, abuse

The West Ohio Conference confirmed that the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman faces the strong likelihood of a church trial.
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Cain Hope Felder, June 9, 1943-Oct. 1, 2019. Photo courtesy of JK Photography, Howard University

Scholar who focused on Bible's diversity dies

The Rev. Cain Hope Felder, a longtime professor at Howard University and groundbreaking scholar on race in the Bible, has died.
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Workers tend to vegetables planted at the Nyadire Mission farm in Nyadire, Zimbabwe. The farm was among six United Methodist properties evaluated during a land audit by the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UM News.

Audit reveals Zimbabwe church's farming potential

The report is the first step toward utilizing church land for large-scale farming projects to make agriculture more profitable in the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area.

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