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Agency Q & A: Finance and Administration

3/20/2012

Editor’s Note: As the 2012 General Conference approaches, United Methodist News Service is looking at details of legislation and offering information to help readers better understand how the church works. A number of proposals are aimed at restructuring the denomination and its general ministries, so UMNS asked the top executives of each agency to answer five questions about their agency's role in the church. This is the response from the General Council on Finance and Administration. To view...


Agency Q & A: Higher Education and Ministry

3/19/2012

Editor’s Note: As the 2012 General Conference approaches, United Methodist News Service is looking at details of legislation and offering information to help readers better understand how the church works. A number of proposals are aimed at restructuring the denomination and its general ministries, so UMNS asked the top executives of each agency to answer five questions about their agency's role in the church. This is the response from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry. To view more ...


Group offers 'Plan B' for church structure

3/19/2012

A UMNS Report By Heather Hahn Joe Whittemore, a Connectional Table member and General Conference delegate from North Georgia, discusses “Plan B,” an alternative proposed restructuring of the church. A UMNS photo by Vicki Brown, GBHEM. A group of church leaders is calling for an alternative to the proposed reorganization of The United Methodist Church’s general agencies. An international ad hoc group of laity and clergy has put together a restructuring proposal they call “UMC Plan B,” combining...


UMCOR Walks With East Kentuckians on the Road to Tornado Recovery

3/13/2012

'Our Town Has Lost Its Obscurity' UMCOR Walks With East Kentuckians on the Road to Tornado Recovery By Susan Kim* A town in prayer. Five days after a tornado devastated their community, hundreds of residents from West Liberty, KY, gathered at a town meeting, where they bowed their heads and prayed for strength together.  Photo by Susan Kim. March 13, 2012 — Whenever she stepped out of her house in West Liberty, KY, Lori Keeton could always count on a view of the West Liberty United Methodist ...


Japan's Christians active in quake relief

3/9/2012

A UMNS REPORT By Linda Bloom* Workers tear down the main building of the Asian Rural Institute, which was damaged during Japan’s March 11, 2011, earthquake. UMNS photo courtesy of Jonathan McCurley, ARI. When Noriko Lao left her elderly mother’s home in Tokyo after a visit last March, she was unaware of the devastating earthquake that would strike her native country just a day later. Centered some 230 miles northeast of Tokyo in the Tohoku region, the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred ...


UMCOR Response to Tornadoes (updated)

3/9/2012

UMCOR has been in contact with conference Disaster Response personnel in hard-hit areas, including Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and received initial early assessments of the damages caused by the severe weather that struck 12 states. We are posting updates to the website (www.umcor.org) and to the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/UMCOR) on a regular basis.  Tom Hazelwood is also reporting from the field on Twitter (@TomUMCOR). UMCOR requests prayers for all who have been affected by these ...


Connectional Table splits on petition

3/8/2012

A UMNS Report By Heather Hahn* East Ohio Area Bishop John L. Hopkins chairs a meeting of the Connectional Table on March 5 in Nashville, Tenn. Hopkins chose an image of a galaxy to illustrate the “chaos” of The United Methodist Church before General Conference. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry. The 2012 United Methodist General Conference will take up legislation this spring that would allow the redistribution of up to $60 million in general church funds. The money is intended for three efforts: ...


Community's trash is church's treasure

3/5/2012

How churches transform problems into opportunities for vital ministry The Vital Congregations project was authorized by the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table in response to Call to Action research, which indicated a lack of measures and accountability within The United Methodist Church. Congregations that need help, encouragement and support in moving towards health and vitality have resources available to assist them in achieving these goals. Best practices are offered that ...


Clergy band plays to fight malaria

3/2/2012

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Sex abuse suit names TX conference, pastor

3/2/2012

a class="lightbox" title=" Graham Kendall. A web-only photo. " href="http://www.umc.org/atf/cf/%7BDB6A45E4-C446-4248-82C8-E131B6424741%7D/umns12_077_1_lightbox.jpg" style="color: rgb(85,117,161); text-decoration: none"> Graham Kendall A web-only photo. A UMNS Report By Kathy L. Gilbert* A woman who alleges she was sexually abused by a pastor in the United Methodist Texas Annual (regional) Conference filed a lawsuit Feb. 23 in Houston. The conference as well as the pastor, Kendall Graham, and ...


NYAC Joins with Mission Insite

2/24/2012

Dear Colleagues, The New York Annual Conference has just joined more than 40 other annual conferences as a partner with Mission Insite. This company specializes in helping churches better know the people in their community and resourcing evangelism and mission. You can check out their website at  http://missioninsite.com/.  On Friday March 23rd, Peter Wernett from Mission Insite will offer a training session on how to use this online resource. The first meeting will be from 9 to 12 noon at the ...


Lent and Easter Resources

2/22/2012

DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES Find devotions and meditations to help you during this season of preparation. Devotions and meditations Journey to Hope Upper Room Online Daily Devotional Lenten and Easter meditations from UMW Reflections and features from Global Ministries Upper Room Daily Reflections Bread on the Way to the Cross (UMC.org meditation series) Words Matter: Lenten Devotions Articles 7 awesome ideas for Holy Week and Easter Be alcohol free for Lent When keeping Sabbath, simply rest Got ...


Could you go alcohol-free for Lent?

2/21/2012

A UMNS Report By Kathy L. Gilbert*   Creating a Lenten “spirit fund” by donating funds usually spent on alcohol is one approach to creating a Lenten challenge. A UMNS photo illustration by Kathleen Barry. A glass of wine with dinner, a beer while watching the big game, a sip of bourbon before going to bed — all pretty harmless activities if you watch television, go to movies, browse the Internet or talk to most folks. You might be shocked to know that the world’s worst killer — more than AIDS,...


Mixed blessings in new U.S. church numbers

2/21/2012

A UMNS Report By Rich Peck* a class="lightbox" title=" Melissa Crutchfield of the United Methodist Committee on Relief helps distribute water-treatment supplies to people living in a makeshift camp in Gresier, Haiti, in January 2010. UMNS file photos by Mike DuBose. " href="http://www.umc.org/atf/cf/%7BDB6A45E4-C446-4248-82C8-E131B6424741%7D/umns12_063_1_lightbox.jpg" jquery1330348720147="34">img border="0" alt=" Melissa Crutchfield of the United Methodist Committee on Relief helps distribute ...


Many U.S. presidents have Methodist ties

2/20/2012

A UMNS Report By Courtney Aldrich* Stained-glass windows were given to President McKinley’s Methodist church, Church of the Savior, in Canton, Ohio, as a memorial from his wife. Images courtesy of Church of the Savior and Wikipedia Creative Commons. They escorted Abraham Lincoln’s body to his burial in Illinois. They served lemonade to guests at the White House in an age of temperance. They had roles in inaugurations and extended spiritual advice to presidents on justice issues, ranging from ...


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