Daily digest - August 23, 2019

“It has reduced it into a howling wilderness, where death squads, human rights violation and extreme poverty reign supreme, and principles like respect for human rights, civil liberties and the dignity of man have become totally unheard of."Statement from the Philippines Board of Church and Society about Negros Island killings. 


Filipino United Methodists condemn latest violence

MANILA, Philippines (UM News) — State terrorism prevails on Negros Island, the Philippines Board of Church and Society said in condemning the latest killings. And Manila Area Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco said that the ongoing militarization on Negros is proof of disregard for the sanctity of life. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports. 
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California-Nevada Conference
Church rises from ashes after 2016 wildfire

LOWER LAKE, Calif. — Community United Methodist Church is rising from the ashes of the 2016 Clayton Wildfire. The church broke ground on a new building Aug. 11. Cate Monaghan has the story.
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Northern Illinois Conference
Bishop tours struggling farms

CHICAGO — Bishop Sally Dyck and her cabinet toured farms in the Northern Illinois Conference recently to hear the concerns of farmers. The bishop gathered farmers at each stop to pray for a prosperous harvest and thank those who used earth-friendly farming methods. Anne Marie Gerhardt reports.
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Read bishop’s column about the tour

East Ohio Conference
Cooking classes help families thrive

NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio — Cooking for a family doesn’t come easy to everyone, so the United Methodist Women chapter at Christ United Methodist Church teaches classes on the skill twice a year. Cooking for the Soul seeks to help build cooking skills and confidence running a household. Brett Hetherington has the story.
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Church and Society
Church and Society Fellow applications open

WASHINGTON — The United Methodist Board of Church and Society is taking applications for its fall fellowship program. Alumna Camille Bianca S. “CamCam” Manangan of the Philippines explains why she encourages people to apply by the Sept. 2 deadline.
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To apply

The Foundation for Evangelism
Grants help young adults heed ministry call

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Hannah Smith, who is starting at Duke Divinity School, speaks about the impact of the Foundation for Evangelism’s Grants Impacting Young People. A 2017 grant helped the Wesley campus ministry where she discerned the call to full-time ministry. 
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As Hong Kong protests continue, so do prayers

Sierra Leone church expands eye care services


Monday, Aug. 26-Friday, Oct. 4
Online class: Engaging the Bible in rural ministry 

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