Daily Digest - October 31, 2018

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“Ryan always said, ‘I want to make AIDS a disease, not a dirty word.’ ”Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of the late Ryan White, the teenager who became an international voice for those living with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s.


Message at HIV/AIDS event: ‘Say the words’

INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) — Some 140 people gathered at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church to discuss strategies to help the church and the community save lives, increase awareness and reduce stigma about HIV/AIDS. Crystal Caviness reports.
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Ask The UMC
What is the church's view of Halloween?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cultural celebrations for Halloween have evolved alongside church celebrations for All Saints’ Day. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, takes a look at the history of these special occasions and what they mean to United Methodists today.
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AU on track despite challenges in Zimbabwe
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Africa University has strategies for continued growth despite the economic struggles facing Zimbabwe, the United Methodist school’s vice chancellor said. Eveline Chikwanah reports.
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Texas Conference
ʽScrapdaddy’ sculptor finds support at church

HOUSTON — Mark “Scrapdaddy” Bradford makes giant, inspiring sculptures from materials he finds at the scrap yard. A recovering alcoholic, he attends St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston and says it has given him crucial support. Sherri Gragg has the story.
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South Carolina Conference
Florence cleanup continues in S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — While South Carolina “dodged a bullet” when Hurricane Michael struck, cleanup efforts from Hurricane Florence continue. Some of the worst hit were in rural, poor communities in Dillon, Horry and Marlboro counties. Jessica Brodie reports.
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Commission on General Conference
Pre-registration for GC2019 now available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Guests and observers to the 2019 special General Conference can now pre-register online. Registration is required to attend the General Conference sessions, which will be held Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis. Early registration is available through Jan. 31.
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Outreach Magazine 
United Methodist churches on fastest-growing list

THE VILLAGES, Fla. — New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages is 71st on Outreach Magazine’s list of 100 fastest-growing churches. Other United Methodist churches on this year’s list include Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois, at 54, and Providence Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, at 62. A previous digest item did not include New Covenant. 
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Summit concentrates on mass incarceration

Video series helps guide talk among those who disagree


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