Daily Digest - November 9, 2020

“The church’s desire is that we live in times of peace. When there is war, no one benefits from the life that God gives.” — Bishop Benjamin Boni, on the post-election turmoil in Côte d’Ivoire. 


NEWS AND FEATURES

Côte d’Ivoire church calls for post-election peace

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire (UM News) — More than a week after the presidential elections in Côte d'Ivoire, The United Methodist Church works to ease tensions as uncertainty weighs on Ivorians. Protests and clashes have uprooted church leaders and threatened United Methodist churches and health facilities. Isaac Broune reports.
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Former bishop Hae-Jong Kim dies at 85
FORT LEE, N.J. (UM News) — Former United Methodist bishop Hae-Jong Kim, who served the New York West and Western Pennsylvania conferences between 1992 and his 2004 retirement, passed away Nov. 3 at the age of 85. Kim was considered a pioneer of Korean United Methodism with a zeal for church planting. The Rev. Thomas Kim reports. 
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Global Ministries, UMCOR
Sifting through the ashes after wildfires rage

ATLANTA — After three major wildfires engulfed the Plumas National Forest area, Sonja Edd-Bennett, director of disaster response ministry for the California-Nevada Conference, said her biggest concern is for people who live off the grid. The California-Nevada, Pacific-Northwest and Oregon-Idaho conferences have received multiple grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief to support wildfire responses in 2020. Christie R. House has the story.  
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No Daily Digest on Nov. 11
There will be no UM News Daily Digest on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of U.S. Veteran’s Day. The staff at UM News wishes you a safe and enjoyable holiday.


PRESS RELEASES

Global AIDS Committee
Plans for World AIDS Day service

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee plans to hold an online special service to commemorate World AIDS Day at 1 p.m. U.S. Central time Dec. 1. The worship service can be viewed on the UMC Global AIDS Facebook page and the denomination’s website. 
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Watch service on Facebook
Watch on website

The Upper Room
New leader for The Upper Room

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Rev. Kimberly C. Orr is the new top executive of The Upper Room, replacing the Rev. Stephen Bryant, who is retiring. The Upper Room publishes resources to help believers move to a deeper level of faith and service. 
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RECENT HEADLINES 

Council urges no new US bishops for 4 years


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EVENTS 

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Blessed Are the Poor webinar: Session 2 — Cultural Poverty



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