Daily Digest - November 12, 2019


“With God, we can leap over walls.” — Germany's Bishop Harald Rückert at service celebrating the 30th anniversary of the toppling of the Berlin Wall.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Bishops encouraged to break down barriers
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UM News) — United Methodist bishops celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall and agreed to work toward helping refugees overcome modern-day roadblocks to settling in the U.S. Heather Hahn has the story.
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Funeral chaplain puts faith to work
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — United Methodist Elison Kamupira has a way of brightening even the darkest rooms. With his calming presence and unique sense of humor, he has been winning hearts in his role as a funeral chaplain for the past 15 years. Kudzai Chingwe reports.
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Ask The UMC
How does the church view cremation, organ donation?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — What are The United Methodist Church’s views on cremation and organ donation? Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, explains where the church stands on these issues.
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North Georgia Conference
Old buildings resurrected for new ministries

ATLANTA — Church buildings that outlive their first purpose are being reimagined as contemporary outreach and community centers, showing that the demise of a church also can be the birth of a vital ministry. Sybil Davidson reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

Global Ministries, Upper Room
Buenos Aires regional office restructured

BUENOS AIRES — An office shared by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and The Upper Room for the past three years will be restructured at the end of the three-year pilot. Global Ministries will continue its ministry in the region with a regional office based out of two operational centers in Brazil and Honduras. The Upper Room will continue its work with part-time staff working in the same building as the Argentinean Evangelical Methodist Church offices.
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SBC21
Allen retiring from Strengthening the Black Church

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Rev. Fred A. Allen, the national executive director of the United Methodist Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, is retiring Dec. 31. The group announced Allen’s planned retirement during the SBC21 annual coordinating committee meeting. The committee will conduct a national search for a new executive director.
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