Daily Digest - November 6, 2018

“There are a lot of issues we have to discuss at General Conference because the United States doesn’t have a mechanism for discussing them apart from General Conference.”The Rev. Brian K. Milford on the need for a body that deals exclusively with U.S. matters.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Leaders affirm move toward new U.S. structure

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Denominational leaders unanimously approved a move toward forming a church decision-making body that deals exclusively with U.S. matters. Heather Hahn reports on the Connectional Table action.
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Mexican bishops call for better treatment of migrants
MEXICO CITY (UMNS) — It is important to treat migrants with dignity, said bishops of the Methodist Church of Mexico. A caravan of migrants headed to the southern U.S. border has become a midterm election issue. Jim Patterson has the story.
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Board of Global Ministries
Missionaries connect with one another in Berlin

BERLIN — The Rev. Külli Tõniste reminded 19 missionaries of the Mark 6 account in which Jesus and his apostles wanted to rest but could not do so because of the many people seeking attention. People demand missionaries’ time, said Tõniste, the rector of the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary in Tallinn, Estonia. She spoke at a gathering of United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ missionaries. Reinhold Parrinello reports.
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Church helps people obtain IDs in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique (UMNS) — Malhangalene United Methodist Church recently partnered with the city municipality to help reduce the number of undocumented national citizens. It’s estimated that 15 percent of the country’s 30.8 million people lack proper identification. João Filimone Sambo has the story.
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United Methodist focuses on others with disabilities
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Raphael Bareyi, a member of Harare Innercity United Methodist Church, has made it his mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Over the past five years, Bareyi, who wears leg braces, has helped distribute more than 100 wheelchairs in impoverished communities. Chenayi Kumuterera has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES

Board of Church and Society
Consider shared values, social justice agency says

SAN ANTONIO — During a recent meeting, directors of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society urged all church members “to prayerfully consider the shared values that have informed our life together since the start of the Methodist movement” but declined to endorse a specific plan for the denomination’s future.
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COMMENTARIES

5 ways your church can address violence

CASPER, Wyo. — In the wake of pipe bombs in the mail, an attack at a Kentucky grocery store and a massacre at a Pennsylvania synagogue, the Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter writes about how churches address violence. She reflects on five different approaches congregations often take and the possible drawbacks of each option.
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