Daily Digest - November 7, 2019

“The mood of the Haitian people right now is sadness and disappointment.” Brulan Jean-Michel, manager of the Methodist Guest House in Pétion-Ville, Haiti.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Help for Haitians stymied by political unrest

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (UM News) — United Methodists have helped the Haitian people through an earthquake, hurricane and cholera epidemic in the past decade, but political turmoil is sidelining efforts for now. Jim Patterson has the story.
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National Council of Churches
Continuing a commitment to end racism

HAMPTON, Va. — More than 250 religious leaders, including United Methodists, gathered recently at Old Point Comfort to remember the “20 and odd” enslaved Africans brought there over 400 years ago — the beginning of institutionalized slavery in what would become the United States of America. The gathering was part of an ongoing pledge by the National Council of Churches and its 38 member communions to A.C.T. (Awaken, Confront, Transform) Now! to End Racism. Steven Martin reports.
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World Council of Churches
Let Iraqi voices be heard, WCC head says

GENEVA — The top executive of the World Council of Churches has condemned the use of excessive violence against those involved in recent protests in Iraq. The WCC is working “to promote social cohesion in Iraq,” says the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, through inter-religious cooperation among the country’s many different religious communities.
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PRESS RELEASES

United Methodist Women
UMW: U.S. leaving Paris accord will impact poor

NEW YORK — United Methodist Women decried the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, noting that the world’s poor, the majority of whom are women and girls, would be the most affected.
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Steering Committee, GC2020 Orientation for Central Conference Delegates
Planning begins for new GC2020 orientation

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — A nine-member steering committee has started planning the pre-General Conference 2020 Orientation for Central Conference Delegates. The orientation for delegates outside the U.S. was added last September as an official part of The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body, which convenes every four years.
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