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Change the World event mobilizes churches

United Methodist Communications
Office of Public Information
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9,2011

Nashville, Tenn.: Cleaning. Building. Painting. Repairing homes. Landscaping. Fundraising for worthy causes. Distributing food. Visiting shut-ins. Praying. Tutoring. Planting gardens. Serving meals. These are just a dozen of the many ways that thousands of United Methodists will team up to make a positive difference-locally and globally-during the second annual Change the World event on May 14-15, 2011.

During last year's inaugural Change the World event, more than 100,000 people from over 1,000 churches hosted events and undertook projects to help others.

"We've already received registrations for nearly 1,500 events and projects in 14 different countries," said the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. "Some churches are building on existing ministries and others are initiating new events. Many churches are having multiple events. The variety of projects is amazing."

"One of the great things about this project is not just how easy it is to participate, but that we are using our connectional system to make a positive difference," said the Rev. Laura Speiran of First United Methodist Church of Saline (Mich.). "I love that about the United Methodist Church!"

From 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on May 14,RethinkChurch.org/changetheworld will broadcast live streaming interviews with participants from around the world, including Japan, Mozambique, Uganda, Germany, Ukraine, Philippines, and the U.S. The interviews will also be available on theRethink Church You Tube channel so that churches can use the video clips during worship services and study settings.

Change the World was created byUnited Methodist Communications as part of an effort to "Rethink Church" by utilizing outreach events to make a positive difference in the world beyond the church doors. The event is based on a concept originated by the Rev. Mike Slaughter, author of Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus. Other partners in the event include the United Methodist Publishing House, the General Board of Discipleship (Worship Division), United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, and the General Board of Global Ministries.

For more information about Change the World or to find an event near you, go to rethinkchurch.org/changetheworld.

Media contact:
Diane Degnan
ddegnan@umcom.org
615-742-5406 (w)
615-483-1765 (c)