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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...


PeaceGen 2011 trip motivates teens

11/1/2011

A UMNS Report By Barbara Dunlap-Berg* November 2, 2011 (UMNS) With a familiar Isaiah passage as a backdrop, PeaceGen 2011 youth participants and adult leaders gather for a photo in New York. Web-only photo courtesy of the Rev. Chris Pierson. As a youth in the Virginia Annual (regional) Conference, Lonnie Chafin participated in a United Nations seminar, sponsored by United Methodist Women. He was so impressed with what he learned that he decided to become a mission intern after college. “It was...


Remembering the saints who nurtured me

11/1/2011

A UMNS Commentary By Barbara Dunlap-Berg* Nov. 1, 2011 Gathering for a celebration of Orvis and Joan Berg’s 40th wedding anniversary in 1985 are Thomas Berg (left), Barbara Dunlap-Berg (second from right) and Deb Sypersma (far right). A web-only photo courtesy of Barbara Dunlap-Berg. I have faint recollections of All Saints Day when I was growing up. I was raised LCA, but the Lutheran version of All Saints Day was much the same as the United Methodist faith I adopted as an adult. The pastor ...


Bishops called to reclaim church's mission

10/31/2011

By Heather Hahn* October 31, 2011 | LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster preaches at the opening of the Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C. UMNS photos by Ronny Perry. The Council of Bishops president acknowledged Oct. 31 that he does not yet know all the answers to – or even the questions raised by – The United Methodist Church’s proposed restructuring. But in his morning sermon, Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster told his fellow bishops, “We cannot maintain the ...


Feeding "tummies and souls" of job seekers

10/24/2011

By Kathy Gilbert* October 24, 2011 | ROSWELL, Ga. (UMNS) Emeral Duncan wipes away a tear following the dinner blessing at RUMC Job Networking, Roswell (Ga.) United Methodist Church’s career ministry. Duncan recently lost his job as a software programmer. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry. “I have $800 left. No house, I’m living with a friend. I’m lost. I’m scared.” “I have been without a job for a year. I never thought it would happen to me.” “I’m technically homeless. I travel back and forth ...


Pastor receives civilian medal from Obama

10/21/2011

A UMNS Report By Linda Bloom* Oct. 21, 2011 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) a class="lightbox" title=" The Rev. Roberto Perez, Miami pastor, prepares to embrace President Barack Obama during the White House ceremony honoring him and 12 other Americans receiving the Presidential Citizens medal. UMNS photos by Jay Mallin. " href="http://www.umc.org/atf/cf/%7BDB6A45E4-C446-4248-82C8-E131B6424741%7D/umns11_368_1_lightbox.jpg" jquery1319489077025="48"> The Rev. Roberto Perez, Miami pastor, prepares to ...


'Extreme Makeover' aids United Methodist

10/14/2011

A UMNS Feature By Barbara Dunlap-Berg* Oct. 14, 2011 Volunteers clean the street in front of the Keefer home in Etters, Pa. Photo courtesy of Angie Wert. The story of Brian Keefer, 24, a United Methodist and a college senior, captured the attention of the Emmy Award-winning “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and ABC-TV viewers can tune in on Friday evening, Oct. 21, to hear it. In the summer of 2008, Keefer was a sophomore at Pennsylvania’s Lock Haven University when he broke his neck in a ...


$1 million grant for Alabama tornado relief

10/12/2011

A UMNS Report By Linda Bloom* Oct. 12, 2011 The Rev. Kelly Clem (right) and Christine Kirchberg-Jones clear tornado debris in Harvest, Ala., in May 2011. A UMNS file photo by Reed Galin. At the end of April, Alabama residents were stunned by a record 62 tornadoes that killed 250 people and left homes, businesses and municipalities in tatters. All but two of those tornados touched down somewhere in the United Methodist North Alabama Annual (regional) Conference. This week, directors of the United...


NYAC VIM: The Need for Volunteers is Great

10/4/2011

The communities of the Catskill Hudson District still desperately need our help. Please call 914-615-2226, or email nyacdisaster@gmail.com  to volunteer. Pastor Charlie Gockel, a UMC licensed local pastor, is featured in this video. He is the director of Huntersfield Christian Training Center outside Prattsville, which has become a key outpost in the recovery effort.


'God put the mission in front of me'

9/22/2011

By the Rev. Lourdes Calderón* Sept. 22, 2011 The Rev. Lourdes Calderón (left) visits with Luz Maldonado and her children Yessenia (right) and Charlie at their home and farm in Pajarito Mesa, near Albuquerque, N.M. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose. God called me to serve. God called me to be in mission with my people, God’s people. Since 2001, I have learned about families I met in the markets, parking lots and restaurants of Albuquerque, N.M. Listening to what they said about their community led me ...


Clergy, laity push bishops on gay union ban

9/16/2011

A UMNS Report By Heather Hahn* Sept. 16, 2011 More than 300 United Methodist clergy and 500 laity have signed letters urging the Council of Bishops to take a public stand supporting the denomination’s position on marriage and homosexuality. The letters respond to the pledges to bless same-sex unions signed this summer by more than 900 active and retired clergy across the United States. The clergy’s pledges threaten the future of The United Methodist Church, contend both the clergy and laity ...


My Mother's Prayers and 9/11, by Rev. Constance Pak

9/9/2011

A UMNS Commentary By the Rev. Constance Y. Pak* Sept. 9, 2011 A 45-foot-high billboard in the Wall Street district of Manhattan, just two blocks from ground zero, offers passersby in December 2001 a word of encouragement from United Methodists. A UMNS file photo by John C. Goodwin Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001, was an ordinary, sunshiny day. I went to my office early and read Scripture. I didn’t know what was going on until my assistant came in with urgent news. Actually, no one knew what was ...


Together Through Storm and Flood

9/7/2011

By Linda Unger* Rushing floodwaters in the small town of Prattsville pushed homes off their foundations, uprooted trees, and stole whole chunks of road and sidewalks. Linda Unger/UMCOR "I don’t even know where the food comes from; I turn around and it appears,” said Elfrieda Benjamin of the pans full of meatloaf, bread, and other staples that are constantly refilled to feed Tropical Storm Irene survivors in Windham, New York. Benjamin, a member of Windham-Hensonville United Methodist Church, ...


Bishop's Letter Regarding 9/11

8/23/2011

"May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you." (Psalm 33:22) August 23, 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! As we observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11, our hearts go out to the grieving families and loved ones of the innocent victims for their suffering. They are in our prayers for comfort, strength, and...


Let Us Not Forget September 11, 2001

8/17/2011

      New York Annual Conference, United Methodist Church                                                                    August 17, 2011   Let Us Not Forget  September 11, 2001  9/11 Resources   Provided through GBOD:   9/11 Plus 10:  Between Memory and Hope      Worship, preaching and teaching resources for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 from The United Churchof Christ.  Visit Website   A Native American Litany from the ...


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