Daily Digest - November 8, 2018

"We stand together in demanding that the governments of our countries treat these migrants in ways that recognize and respect their God-given humanity, and with compassion and dignity." Statement by bishops on migrants.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Bishops: Don't villainize migrants
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) — United Methodist bishops have joined other Methodist bishops in calling on their congregations "to be agents of God's mercy to migrants." The United Methodist Council of Bishops, meeting this week, joined with Methodist bishops in Mexico and El Salvador in responding to the caravans of people traveling from Honduras to seek asylum. Heather Hahn reports. Read story

Rio Texas Conference
Showing hospitality on Election Day
AUSTIN, Texas — Many United Methodist churches serve as polling places, and some in the Austin area found creative ways to show hospitality to visitors lined up to vote, including offering cookies and even mosquito spray for people waiting outside. The Rev. Teresa Weborn reports.
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Solar power a game changer for Nigeria center
GOMBE, Nigeria (UMNS) — In the blink of an eye, the Northern Nigeria Conference’s computer training center and conference office became a beacon of light, thanks to a new solar energy program. The solar project is a collaboration between the conference, two churches in North Georgia and United Methodist Communications. Daniel Garba has the story.
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United Methodist Communications
Being United Methodist in Norway
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Karl Anders Ellingsen is passionate about sharing the stories of the church he loves. As the editor of the magazine of The United Methodist Church in Norway, this child of a United Methodist pastor travels around the country listening to the stories of congregations, leaders and members. The Rev. Joe Iovino sat down with Ellingsen for a Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast.
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PRESS RELEASES

Discipleship Ministries  
Churches get ethnic community outreach grants
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Seven churches that are reaching out to ethnically diverse communities in transitional neighborhoods will get up to $10,000, mostly for new programs. United Methodist Discipleship Ministries recently announced the grants.
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RESOURCES

Board of Church and Society  
Curriculum explores intersection of faith, justice

WASHINGTON — A curriculum designed to help junior high students actively engage the intersection of faith and justice is now available from the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.
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