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March 22, 2013

"We have staff coming in here (the guesthouse) and working hard every day without a home to go to at the end of the day."- Tom Vencuss, project coordinator for the Haiti Response Plan.

Haiti 2013: Methodist staff rebuild homes

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (UMNS) - Jean Claude Degazon and 15 members of his family live in a house with no doors, no electricity and no water. However, Degazon knows he has been blessed. He is one of 17 longtime staff members of the Methodist Guest House who lost their homes in the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake and qualified for a project created to help guesthouse staff.
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Haiti: The Church responds

Women making history: Jocelyn Briddell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - "It is critical that our history is highlighted through Women's 'Herstory' Month," says Jocelyn Briddell, "so we can envision a bright future for ourselves and our dreams are fully realized." Meet the new director of the Scarritt-Bennett Center, one of the United Methodist women featured during Women's History Month.
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Women making history

ABC to broadcast United Methodist Easter service

NEW YORK (UMNS) - ABC-TV will broadcast an Easter Sunday service on March 31 taped at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. Check local listings for broadcast time. The service, featuring the church's choir and orchestra, includes a message, "Your Defining Story," by the Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor. Hamilton, a denominational leader and the author of 13 books, delivered the 2013 National Prayer Service message following the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
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UMCOR training helped when earthquake struck

SANTIAGO, Chile (UMNS) - The training sessions that the United Methodist Committee on Relief was organizing for the Methodist Church in Chile provided "basic tools" when a devastating earthquake struck in 2010.
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Board of Discipleship seeks new top executive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) -The board of directors of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship has authorized a committee to search for a new top executive to succeed the Rev. Karen Greenwaldt, who will retire on Dec. 31 after 13 years. In other business, the board approved nine Christian curriculum proposals.
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$24,000 awarded in Human Relations Day grants

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Directors of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society awarded nearly $24,000 in Human Relations Day grants during their spring meeting here. Human Relations Day is one of The United Methodist Church's six Special Sundays with offerings. Human Relations Day strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.
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Society of St. Andrew offers VBS resources

BIG ISLAND, Va. (UMNS) - The Society of St. Andrew, a United Methodist partner that feeds the hungry in the United States, offers free vacation Bible school material to teach young people the importance of mission. The program is called "Superheroes of the Faith."
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Alcoholics Anonymous wrestles with spiritual roots

BEVERLY, Mass. (UMNS) - For Alcoholics Anonymous to continue helping addicts find freedom in sobriety, the 75-year-old organization must reclaim its spiritual roots. That is the message coming from reformers who say the group has drifted from core principles. G. Jeffrey MacDonald of the Religion News Service shares how AA is grappling with diversity on spiritual matters.
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