Daily digest - December 3, 2018

“We are to try our best to live out the laws of the land, but we know that the laws of the land change. We also know that the laws of the land can be unjust.”The Rev. Crystal DesVignes, whose church has provided sanctuary for a now-deported immigrant.


NEWS AND FEATURES


Church extends support to deported man

DURHAM, N.C. (UMNS) — Samuel Oliver-Bruno, who found sanctuary in a United Methodist church for nearly a year, has been deported to Mexico. But the congregation of CityWell United Methodist Church continues to support his family and hold out hope for his return. Heather Hahn reports.
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Church steps up after Alaska earthquake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (UMNS) — Alaska’s most powerful earthquake since 1964 caused major road and property damage. It also knocked out power and water at an Anchorage home for people who have struggled with chronic alcoholism and homelessness. St. John United Methodist Church became the 46 residents’ temporary shelter, with volunteers quickly rounding up cots and serving donated food. Sam Hodges reports.
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Bishops explore war-torn region
BANGUI, Central Africa Republic (UMNS) — United Methodist church leaders were challenged to be intentional about making peace in conflict areas in Africa during a visit to Kenya and the Central Africa Republic, where The United Methodist Church has its newest mission stations. E Julu Swen and Isaac Broune report on the mission trip, which included meetings with the president and prime minister of the Central Africa Republic.
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PRESS RELEASES

Council of Bishops
Bishops mourn death of President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON — The death of George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st president, was mourned by the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church in a letter to his son, 43rd President George W. Bush, and his wife, Laura. The elder Bush died on Nov. 30.
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United Methodist Publishing House
Committee seeks liturgical resources

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The liturgical resources subgroup of the Hymnal Revision Committee seeks the submission of new materials for possible inclusion in the next United Methodist Hymnal. The committee particularly seeks worship resources for baptism, confirmation, renewal of baptism and days and seasons of the church year. Resources are requested through June 30.
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COMMENTARIES

The power of pencils in Cameroon

LEBAMZIP, Cameroon (UMNS) — In Cameroon, if a child arrives at school without basic supplies, he or she may be turned away. Often, as many as five children share a single pencil. Collette Ndobe writes about how the United Methodist Women Association in Cameroon is seeking to combat the problem.
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