Daily Digest - August 16, 2018

“We haven’t even hit the height of the fire season yet. There’s even some concern that we no longer have a fire season, and that these fires could potentially affect us year-round.”Sonja Edd-Bennett, director of the California-Nevada Conference’s disaster response ministry.



No end in sight for church wildfire response
REDDING, Calif. (UMNS) — United Methodists in California are again responding to deadly wildfires — on top of ongoing recovery efforts from fires in previous years. Mary Jacobs reports. 
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Reflecting on a shared Methodist heritage
LONDON (UMNS) — Representatives of both the United Methodist and British Methodist traditions gathered Aug. 10-12 to mark a 50th anniversary and look ahead together. Priscilla Muzerengwa has the story.
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50th anniversary reflection from Bishop Rosemarie Wenner  

Great Plains Conference
Church responds after immigration raid strands workers
O’NEILL, Neb. — An August immigration raid on a Nebraska community resulted in the arrest of suspected human traffickers, with more than 100 families stranded and First United Methodist Church in O’Neill scrambling to help. David Burke reports.
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VBS offers Native American immersion experience
St. John United Methodist Church’s vacation Bible school offers a different experience. The weeklong curriculum is tailored around the traditional teachings of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape and other
Native American tribes. Many of the children who attend are tribal members.  
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Religious leaders stress churches’ role in peacemaking 
UVIRA, Congo (UMNS) — Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda is encouraging United Methodist pastors to call the faithful to a spirit of peace before, during and after national elections in December. More than 30 religious leaders also issued a joint statement to guide themselves and their colleagues during this crucial period. Philippe Kituka Lolonga reports.
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Higher Education and Ministry
United Methodist board adopts new strategy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The board of directors of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has unanimously approved a new strategy to establish the agency as the resource center for leadership, education and formation to support future and current church leaders.
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Church gets boost from golden oldies station

United Methodists build bridge to keep kids in school



Monday, Aug. 20-Friday, Aug. 31
Online Lay Servant Ministries class: Teach adults

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