Daily Digest - July 11, 2017

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Filipino deaconess: 'Resistance is a gift'

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — A Filipino United Methodist deaconess has long fought for justice — most recently by helping to find safe harbors for those targeted in extrajudicial killings. Norma Dollaga also raises money for a school for indigenous people. Gladys Mangiduyos has the story.
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Clergy stand up to Charlottesville KKK rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (UMNS) — The Charlottesville Clergy Collective, which includes United Methodists, was among anti-racism organizations involved in the response to a July 8 rally of Ku Klux Klan members. Richard Lord reports.
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Security for all in Mosul

GENEVA (WCC) — Following news of the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State, the World Council of Churches called on "all people of faith and good will" to pray for the people of Iraq. "We invite all member churches and church-related organizations to join in supporting those who fled Mosul and the liberated areas of the Nineveh Plains, to assist them to return and to rebuild their lives and communities," said the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, the WCC’s top executive.
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Wildfire survivors' homes under construction

ALCOA, Tenn. — Construction has begun on new homes for survivors of last year's wildfires. The new homes are the first of at least 25 that Appalachia Service Project will build in partnership with the Holston Conference. Annette Spence has the story. 
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Music festival helps meet community needs

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The fifth annual MusicFest of Praise, hosted by Christ United Methodist Church, raises awareness and gathers donations for local food pantries. Those attending brought donations of food and many local businesses chipped in with sponsorships and donations. Kamelia Ani reports for the Greater New Jersey Conference. 
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How do we love our enemies?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (InfoServ) — Many Christians struggle with this question. Followers of Christ are called to love our enemies, but agape love is hard. InfoServ, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, looks to Scripture and the writings of John Wesley for guidance in the latest installment of Ask the UMC.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Thursday, July 13

The Annual Campaign Toolbox — 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. CDT. This webinar will help your church with a larger stewardship strategy. The webinar from Discipleship Ministries will explore the annual campaign resources, time-tested tools and a year-round strategy to keep generosity before members all the time. Details

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