Daily Digest - October 18, 2019

“We used to fetch water from man-made holes in swamps.” Edisa Nailubo, on the water struggles of residents in a village near Buwenge, Uganda.
 

NEWS AND FEATURES

Boreholes bring ‘sigh of relief’ in Uganda

JINJA, Uganda (UM News) — Accessing clean water in some parts of Uganda is difficult, especially for girls and women who are usually responsible for walking long distances to fetch water, often from unsafe sources. The addition of five boreholes near United Methodist churches in the Uganda-South Sudan Conference will alleviate that problem for some. Vivian Agaba has the story.
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KLTV
Historic Texas church burns

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas — The 1910 sanctuary of Wallace United Methodist Church was destroyed by fire on Oct. 15, leaving little besides a historical marker and a monument bearing the Ten Commandments. The congregation has lined up other places to meet. No cause for the blaze has been determined.
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Black Methodists for Church Renewal
Caucus calls for action after shooting

FORT WORTH, Texas — Black Methodists for Church Renewal, a United Methodist caucus, issued a statement of solidarity with the family of Atatiana Jefferson “and the local residents of Fort Worth who demand justice.” The caucus also urges that sessions be organized where black women and men will be heard and equipped to address the damage done to them in the wake of this and other tragedies. 
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Global Ministries
Finding common ground through mission

ATLANTA — Directors of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries remain focused on connecting Methodists around the world and across political and theological spectrums by offering common ground for mission and ministry. Christie R. House reports on the board’s biannual meeting.
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RESOURCES

United Methodist Communications
New resource for discussing giving

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new Generosity Pastor and Leaders’ Kit is now available to help church leaders talk to their congregations about generosity and giving, highlighting the impact their giving makes in the lives of individuals around the world. The kit features customizable bulletin covers, sermon starters and offering slides, which could be especially useful during fall stewardship campaigns.
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COMMENTARIES
UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UM News staff. 

Church and Society
Peace is possible with shared vision 

WASHINGTON — Peace is indeed possible when faith traditions and people of good conscience join together for a shared vision, writes the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. Crowe writes about a group of faith leaders meeting with the Iranian foreign minister to express grave concerns of the possibility of a war between the U.S. and Iran.
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