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November 05, 2013


"GCFA is embarking on a new way of working collaboratively with the other agencies and annual conferences of The United Methodist Church to better serve the people of the church. &ellipsis; The changes in staffing are focused on restructuring the way we work and facilitating an orderly transition of our staff."
- Moses Kumar, top executive of the United Methodist finance agency.

Top staff at finance agency opt for buyout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The General Council on Finance and Administration will see the departure of much of its top staff over the next months under a voluntary separation program offered as part of the agency's reorganization. The agency is at the center of United Methodist operations, collecting and distributing general church funds, providing financial oversight and reporting key statistics about the denomination.
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Albuquerque church's stained-glass windows attacked

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UMNS) - Leslie Linthicum writes in the Albuquerque Journal that when she encountered Kris Linton at First United Methodist Church, Linton was in the chapel, with light pouring in the baseball-sized hole in the glass where Jesus's left foot was supposed to be. Linton was crying. Linthicum tells the story of the vandalism that has hit the stained-glass windows, the "jewels of Downtown Albuquerque, subject of history tours and a 58-page book published in 1990, The Book of Windows.'"
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Fire guts Brocton, N.Y., church

BROCTON, N.Y. (UMNS) - Erie TV News reports that fire gutted an historic brick church early Sunday morning, Nov. 3. The tri-church parish is called the United Methodist and Lutheran Church. The fire was reported at 1:30 a.m. Fire crews from Brocton needed help from several neighboring companies to keep the fire from spreading to the parsonage next door.
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Church fires: Damage, recovery, prevention

United Methodist Publishing House reports revenue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The board of The United Methodist Publishing House, which encompasses Cokesbury and Abingdon Press, completed its annual meeting on Oct. 30, reporting sales of $2 million over budget projections and better-than-expected net operating revenue of $210,000 in a year of major retooling for the 225-year-old ministry. Abingdon Press announced the planned launch in spring 2014 of Covenant Bible Study. cited a 14 percent increase in sales.

Hendrix College names new president

CONWAY, Ark. (UMNS) - United Methodist-related Hendrix College announced Nov. 1 that William M. Tsutsui will become the college's 11th president, beginning June 2014. Tsutsui comes to Hendrix from United Methodist-related Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he led Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the largest of SMU's seven colleges and schools, as dean and professor of history.
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History of Hymns: 'Hymn of Promise'

DALLAS (UMNS) - One of the top five favorite hymns of United Methodists, "In the Bulb There Is a Flower," also known as "Hymn of Promise," is No. 707 in the United Methodist hymnal. C. Michael Hawn, distinguished professor of church music at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology and director of the seminary's sacred music program, shares the story of the hymn by United Methodist Natalie Sleeth. History of Hymns is a joint project with the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
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Chuck Knows Church: Bishops

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - How much do you really know about the office of bishop of The United Methodist Church? Chuck will tell you the basics as he plays a difficult chess match.
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Ecumenical news agency closes its doors

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (UMNS) - Ecumenical News International will not outlive the drastic financial reductions imposed by its two main sponsors, the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation, reports Michel Kocher for the World Association of Christian Communication. He called it "the end of an adventure" for a recognized, independent press agency "that strengthened the influence of the ecumenical movement."
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Awards honor United Methodist communicators

CHICAGO (UMNS) - The United Methodist Association of Communicators named the Rev. Arthur McClanahan as "Communicator of the Year" and inducted the Rev. Boyce A. Bowdon into its Hall of Fame.
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