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Today is World AIDS Day!

On this World AIDS Day, the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee wants to thank each of you for your commitment to creating an AIDS-free world and for all the good work you do to eradicate stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV or AIDS.  Bravo to each of you!

According to UNAIDS, 36.7 million people globally are living with HIV.

The good news is around 20.9 million people have access to the life-saving medicines. The challenge is ensuring the 15.8 million people in need of treatment secure it! 

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Native American Creates an Oasis for Troubled Teens

By the time students end up at Rougher Alternative Academy in Muskogee, Oklahoma, they are near the end of their academic rope. That was true for Bailee Allen who ran away from home and participated in gang activities in high school. Helping Bailee and her brother, Blayne, get back on track after difficulties in home and family life was Phillip Barnoski, 43, family and community coordinator at the academy and a member of Fife Indian United Methodist Church.

 

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AU Campus, Students Safe Amid Zimbabwe Unrest

Students and faculty at the United Methodist university in Zimbabwe held classes as usual Nov. 15 as the military took control of the capital city of Harare and held President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest. United Methodist conference staff reported church members are safe, too. Africa University in Mutare is about a four-hour drive from the capital city of Harare.

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UMC #GivingTuesday is November 28

Now is the time to start thinking about where you want your UMC #GivingTuesday gift to go on November 28. There are more than 600 church-related Advance projects and more than 300 United Methodist missionaries to choose from.

One of the great things about The Advance is that it allows you to invest your resources where your passion answers specific needs in the world, said Thomas Kemper, top executive with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

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Pandora UMC Provides Sleeping Bags to the Homeless

What began as a single act of good will and compassion for one Pandora woman has grown into an enduring program of generosity and kindness, fostered by a church and a community.  On Sunday, October 22, parishioners at Pandora United Methodist church gave praise, thanks, and a well-deserved pat on the back to Rev. Carolyn Scott and themselves for their efforts to help the homeless by providing, to date, 500 sleeping bags to the forgotten.

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Backstory, Rediscovering the Advent Season Resources

FREE ADVENT RESOURCES FOR YOU!

Our series is called “Backstory: Rediscovering the Advent Season” and includes 4 weeks of resources. (A related Christmas Eve set will be released in the coming days). 

See the video here:  https://vimeo.com/240285177

There are two options now to download the resources.

Option 1 – The Complete set:

To download the complete set in one file, use this link (Note: This is a 1.75GB download):