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 Vol 8, Issue 45
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 November 2 - United Methodist Church Holds Survey on Gender Names for God; Thousands Take Part
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

Thousands of people have taken part in an online survey done by a United Methodist Church commission which was about the issue of gender descriptions and images people use for God. The UMC General Commission on the Status and Role of Women posted the survey online, garnering about 3,700 respondents until it officially closed on Thursday. Of the 3,700+ respondents, 40 percent of them were male and 60 percent female, with 65 percent being laity and 35 percent being clerics or people undergoing the process of becoming clerics.

Audrey J. Krumbach, GCSRW director of Gender Justice and Education, told The Christian Post that the response from the survey was well above the amount expected.  "We believe this overwhelming response indicates a very high level of interest in talking about who God is, how we relate to God, and what it means that humanity is created in God's image."

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 November 4 - Religious leaders highlight significance of water at WCC assembly
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Miscellaneous

A symbolic act of pouring water into one common vessel, carried out by religious leaders representing Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist faiths, marked the significance of water in various religious traditions. This action took place at the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly, currently underway in Busan, Republic of Korea.

The ceremony on 4 November at the "inter-religious space" in the Madang hall of the BEXCO centre, venue of the WCC assembly, featured diverse spiritual reflections on water.

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 November 3 - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
 Article: Emerging Church

With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.

Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it's an exploratory approach to do church differently.

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 November 4 - Tesco uses face detection to target ads in gas stations
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Tesco is set to introduce facial recognition technology at certain gas stations to target ads to its customers standing at the counter to pay.

Reported in BBC, Tesco has contracted the screens from Amscreen. According to the report, the new digital ad screens contain a camera which will estimate age and gender to target its ads.

The company is specific to point out that the systems won't record data and won't specifically identify people - other than by gender and age. This is pretty common for ad targeting systems and is something that is becoming increasingly prevalent in retail settings.

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 November 4 - US 'Will Force' Israel-PA Deal By Mid 2014
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

The United States intends to try and force a peace agreement on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), IDF Radio reported Monday.

The radio station says
the US has informed Israel and the Palestinian Authority that if negotiations between them do not advance, Washington will propose its own solution, that will include a US position on every point that is in contention. In effect, according to the report, this will be an attempt to force the sides to agree on a solution formulated by the US.

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 November 7 - Central Bank of Nigeria teams up with Dermalog for biometric POS, ATMs
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

The Central Bank of Nigeria has contracted Dermalog Identification Systems to deploy a biometric technology throughout the country's banking system.  In particular, this project, worth more than $50 million will see the introduction of biometric ARMs, point of sale machines, as well as biometric fraud detection systems.

"This is not in any way a lack of confidence in the government's identity card process, we will do this and will continue to work with the national identity card team when the time comes, but the central bank has to continue taking the lead in this matter," Sanusi said in the ThisDay report.

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 November 7 - Vatican Congregation Makes DVD About Eucharistic Adoration
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments together with HM Television has just published a new DVD that will help the faithful rediscover the importance of Eucharistic Adoration in the life and mission of the Church. It is the second video in a series of four, entitled: "From the Visible to the Invisible."  The video contains testimonies of conversion thanks to Eucharistic Adoration, as well as its history and the biblical foundations.

Cardinal Antonio Caņizares, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has strongly supported and encouraged the production of this video precisely because he believes that, "the New Evangelization will not be possible if there is no Adoration."

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