Daily Digest - June 30, 2022

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“With accurate information and Christian compassion, pastors and spouses can prevent HIV and overcome fear, stigma and discrimination in their churches and communities.” — The Rev. Marc Baliyanga, speaking at the HIV and AIDS Conference in Kilgali, Rwanda.


NEWS AND FEATURES

HIV and AIDS event encourages acceptance, not fear

KILGALI, Rwanda (UM News) — The church in Rwanda should no longer fear people living with HIV and AIDS as if they were lions in the jungle, said the Rev. Marc Baliyanga, dean of the Rwanda United Methodist Provisional Conference. Baliyanga spoke in early June at the HIV and AIDS Conference, sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee and the Center for Health and Hope. The Rev. Donald E. Messer has the story.
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Central and Southern Europe Central Conference
Church faces obstacles to help war-displaced

ZURICH — United Methodists continue to scramble to provide aid to war-battered people in Ukraine and surrounding countries. One recent challenge: finding new housing for displaced people in western Ukraine who had been using a school as shelter. Urs Schweizer reports. 
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Great Plains Conference 
Copper thieves `broke our hearts’

WICHITA, Kan. — Thieves stripped copper from all 10 air-conditioning units at Dellrose United Methodist, causing the church to put on hold a celebration of the Rev. Kevass Harding’s 25th year as pastor there. “They broke our hearts,” Harding said of the thieves. David Burke reports.
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The Dallas Morning News
Dallas church’s outreach extends to migrants

DALLAS — Oak Lawn United Methodist Church offers a warm welcome and practical help to migrants from such countries as Haiti, Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador. On June 22, about 50 such people, who had already been processed by immigration officials in El Paso, Texas, arrived by bus at the church. Dianne Solis and Michael Williams report.
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New 2022 annual conference reports posted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting 2022 annual conference reports. New this week are the East Ohio, Great Plains, New England, North Carolina, Susquehanna, Virginia and Western Pennsylvania conferences.
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RESOURCES

Status and Role of Women
Agency unveils e-newsletter

CHICAGO — The United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women has introduced “Wisdom Talks,” an e-newsletter that communicates information to facilitate the advancement of women at all levels of the life and mission of The United Methodist Church. The agency has also released a video celebrating its 50th anniversary.
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