February 04, 2013
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"There are so many stories throughout the connection of annual conferences that made significant increases and that also increases the total impact on ministry. That is a testament to the commitment of the Church for local and global ministry." - Moses Kumar, top executive of the General Council on Finance and Administration on the 2012 apportionment payments.
Apportionment payments reach highest level since 2001
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The General Council on Finance and Administration reports 20 annual conferences paid 100 percent of their general church apportioned funds in 2012 and overall apportionment payouts reached 90 percent, the highest payout level the general church has reached since 2001.
Men's leader elaborates on scouting changes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - United Methodist Men's top leader said he has faced criticism, questions and confusion since releasing a statement Jan. 29 affirming how changes proposed by the Boys Scouts of America would be implemented. He made another public statement on Jan. 31 emphasizing two points.
UMCOR planting seeds of growth in Haiti
NEW YORK (UMNS) - When the 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, it destroyed the business that Richmond Gela Pierre Paul had been running for more than a decade. After a dissatisfying period working odd jobs, Paul became a participant in a pilot program of the United Methodist Committee on Relief that focuses on women's business development.
Four chaplains remembered
PHILADELPHIA (UMNS) - Yesterday, as they do each year, on the first Sunday in February, American Legion posts nationwide honored four military chaplains who were aboard the USAT Dorchester, an Army transport ship that was sunk Feb. 3, 1943, by a German submarine. Lt. George L. Fox, a Methodist, and his three chaplain colleagues spread out across the boat as it sank to comfort the men. The chaplains removed their own life preservers and gave them to four men without their own and prayed together as the ship went into the water.
Hispanic caucus urges advocacy on immigration issue
NEW YORK (UMNS) - Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans issued a statement on the recent actions by President Barack Obama and some U.S. senators working on changes to immigration laws. "We call on every United Methodist and on all persons of faith to seize this moment and openly and forcefully advocate before the U.S. Congress for changes that will reunify families, must protect separated children and do recognize the gifts and the contributions that immigrants are making to our nation," said the statement from the Hispanic caucus of The United Methodist Church.
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