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Peace depends on "courageous remnant"

12/9/2011

A UMNS Report By Annette Spence* Dec. 9, 2011 | LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) The Rev. Bob Edgar (center) walks to the U.S. Capitol to raise his voice on behalf of the poor and vulnerable as Congress debates budget cuts. A web-only photo courtesy of Common Cause. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. used nonviolent civil disobedience to change the world and society, but the church is too afraid of what others will think to take the same risks, says the Rev. Bob Edgar. “How sad it is now that our ...


United Methodists score high in survey

12/9/2011

A UMNS Report By Joey Butler* Dec. 9, 2011 Jordan Bond and Laura Royer (foreground) of Lowman United Methodist Church in Topeka, Kan., work in Gage Park during a day of service organized by the Rethink Church campaign in April 2010. A UMNS file photo by Britt Bradley. United Methodists rank highest in favorability among five different faith groups in a new survey conducted by the Southern Baptist Convention’s research arm. The research shows United Methodists are held in more favorable regard ...


FAQ: What is an Advent wreath?

12/5/2011

Wreaths used during the observation of Advent. Advent wreaths are of two basic types. The first is a circle, generally of evergreens, which is hung in the sanctuary of the church as part of the special decorations for the Advent season. Wreaths of evergreen and other materials are increasingly used during Advent to decorate the exterior doors of churches and people's homes. The other basic form of the Advent wreath is that of a circle holding four candles. Generally the color of all four ...


Bishop Park to serve as the first presiding bishop of the Mongolian Mission

12/1/2011

“All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing…” (Colossians 1:6) December 1, 2011 Dear United Methodists of the New York Annual Conference: Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer, the Prince of shalom, Healer of our brokenness, and Hope of the world! I am writing to share with you that I have been assigned by the Council of Bishops to serve as the first presiding bishop of the Mongolian Mission of The United Methodist Church. As you may know, bishops of our...


Occupy "astonishing opportunity for clergy"

11/18/2011

By Sandy Brands* Nov. 18, 2011 The Rev. Monica Corsaro (left), pastor of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church, talks with participants in an Occupy Seattle encampment at Seattle Central Community College. Corsaro is one of many clergy who has volunteered to serve as a chaplain to the movement, which opposes corporate corruption and greed. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. He saw it as an opportunity to be present as a pastor and a peacemaker and went appropriately garbed in his clerical robes, ...


$90 million budget advised for bishops

11/17/2011

A UMNS Report By Heather Hahn* Nov. 17, 2011 Missouri Area Bishop Robert Schnase consecrates Communion elements at a worship service at Exploration 2011, a young adult event in St. Louis. A UMNS photo by Kathy Gilbert. The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body next spring will take up a recommended 2013-16 budget of more than $90 million to support the denomination’s 157 active and retired bishops. The Episcopal Fund, paid for by congregational giving, supports the salaries, housing, ...


Lazarus Project offers military families refuge

11/15/2011

At ease, soldier! Update: With troops returning to Fort Campbell Army Post from Iraq almost daily, the demand for counseling through The Lazarus Project has "exploded," says the Rev. Jodi McCullah. The ministry continues to expand, seeking to be a place "where every door is the right door" for returning soldiers and veterans needing the services of counselors, pastors and social workers.  The Lazarus Project will resume support groups this spring as two brigades are deployed to Afghanistan from ...


United Methodists give flood survivors hope

11/11/2011

By Barbara Dunlap-Berg* Nov. 11, 2011 | OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (UMNS) Lloyd Kaufman (right) and Steve Barnum renovate the kitchen at the Williams home in Old Hickory, Tenn. They are part of a Volunteers in Mission team from Lakewood United Methodist Church in Lake Odessa, Mich. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose. As the skies opened and the rain let loose on Friday, April 30, 2010, the Williams family settled in for the night. The next morning, they awakened to find their furniture and other belongings ...


Council of Bishops' Letter to The Church

11/10/2011

Lire cette lettre en français>> Leia esta carta em Português>> November 10, 2011 Dear United Methodist Sisters and Brothers in Christ: Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ who calls us to faithfulness during a time of great and unsettling change around the world that God loves so deeply and also within the Body of Christ where Jesus is both head and redeemer. We give thanks for each one of you as you seek to be faithful witnesses and fruitful disciples wherever God has called you...


Wenner, Brown win election to lead bishops

11/4/2011

By Heather Hahn* November 4, 2011 | LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) Bishop Rosemarie Wenner is elected president of the Council of Bishops. Wenner is the first woman from outside the United States to preside over the council. UMNS photos by Ronny Perry. Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of Germany will be the next president of the Council of Bishops, marking the first time a woman from outside the United States will lead the global body. The council on Nov. 2 unanimously elected Wenner president, and ...


$3 million grant boosts malaria campaign

11/3/2011

A UMNS Report By Linda Bloom* Nov. 3, 2011 Sierra Leonian volunteers with The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign hang a mosquito net at a home in Koribondo Village near Bo, Sierra Leone, in December 2010. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation, has given a $3 million grant to the Imagine No Malaria campaign of The United Methodist Church. Pittsburgh Area Bishop Thomas Bickerton, the campaign’...


Southwestern honors first black grad

11/3/2011

A UMNS Report By Emily Snell* November 3, 2011 (UMNS) Brendon Fox, left, and Dawn Pleas-Bailey unveil a headstone for Elijah Pilgrim Geiger. Geiger was the first African-American graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. Photo courtesy of The Wichita Eagle/Jaime Green. The first African-American graduate at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., was a faithful man of God, who gave his life to church ministry. Seven decades after his death, the Rev. Elijah Pilgrim Geiger and his ...


Bishops endorse church restructure proposals

11/2/2011

By Heather Hahn* November 2, 2011 | LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) United Methodist bishops voted overwhelmingly Nov. 1 in favor of proposals to restructure the denomination and redistribute up to $60 million in church funds. The vote specifically endorsed a letter, titled “For the Sake of a New World, We See a New Church: A Call to Action,” detailing changes — some requiring action by General Conference, some not. “We see a new church,” the bishops’ letter says. “It is a church that is clear ...


Volunteers Needed in CT

11/2/2011

Dear Volunteers: The Connecticut District Disaster Response Coordinator, Cassandra Broadus-Garcia is calling for URGENT help in response to the emergency caused by the Nor'easter October snow. Please response if you are able by calling Cassandra at 860-680-6807 or Joseph at 914-615-2233. Volunteers are needed for two primary areas: 1. Chain saw crew – those who own chain saws and have experience with them for tree removal and individuals who do not have chain saws but can work along with chain ...


Maintain connections, top court rules

11/1/2011

By Linda Bloom* Nov. 1, 2011 | SAN DIEGO (UMNS) The United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, issued 10 decisions and five memoranda at its October 2011 meeting in San Diego. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. When annual (regional) conferences of The United Methodist Church decide to change their structures, they are obligated to retain some specific connectional relationships. That message was delivered to the North Texas and South Carolina annual conferences by the Judicial...


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