November 08, 2013
"Politics is politics, but people are people. Many family members have been separated, deprived of the chance to see or visit one another." - Nazar Yatsyshyn, organizer of the "Peace Train" to Busan, Korea.
6,435-mile journey of peace
BUSAN, Korea (UMNS) - The assignment for Nazar Yatsyshyn from L'Viv, Ukraine, was to organize a trans-continental "Peace Train" and advocate for reunification of the Korean peninsula as part of his commission serving the National Council of Churches in Korea. The initiative involved 130 activists from 15 nations, a pilgrimage from the Berlin Wall to Busan, Korea, for the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches and navigating passage through North Korea.
Young adults lament lack of WCC representation
BUSAN, Korea (UMNS) - As the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly moved into its final days, some youth have expressed dismay over their continued lack of representation in decision-making for the ecumenical body. The percentage of young adults elected to the new 150-member WCC Central Committee, which will help set the direction of the council over the next seven years, is 13 percent or 19 members.
Join with Global AIDS fund to 'Just Save One'
NEW YORK (UMNS) - If you could save just one person's life, would you do it? You have the opportunity to "Just Save One" person living with HIV and AIDS. For the next year, the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund is intensifying its work to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and AIDS. Even a small gift can make a big difference.
Give the gift of love through organ donation
NEW YORK (UMNS) - Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday, a United Methodist special Sunday observed as part of the National Donor Sabbath, is observed the second Sunday in November, this year on Nov. 10. The United Methodist Church supports organ and tissue donation and believes that organ transplantation and organ donation are acts of charity, agape love and self-sacrifice.
Super typhoon bears down on Philippines
NEW YORK (UMNS) - The United Methodist Committee on Relief is preparing to respond through local contacts in the Philippines to respond to Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 storm expected to hit the islands nation Friday, Nov. 8. Winds of up to 170 miles an hour are expected with impact to be felt in many areas including Bohol, the region badly damaged by a recent earthquake.
Council of Bishops to meet Nov. 10-15
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) - United Methodist bishops from around the globe will gather in North Carolina at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center for the Council of Bishops meeting, Nov. 10-15. "The clear priority for the Council of Bishops is to increase vitality in our congregations in all the regions where we are present," said Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, the council's president. The United Methodist News Service will provide coverage throughout the meeting.
Pastor receives recognition, $50,000 in funds
NEW ORLEANS (UMNS) -The Rev. Lisa Fitzpatrick, the United Methodist co-founder of the APEX Youth Center in New Orleans and recently named as a 2013 CNN Hero, has been recognized again for her groundbreaking work with decreasing violence among youth in a city that ranks third among the deadliest in the nation. The Louisiana Annual (regional) Conference has the story.
Churches reach to poor through Henderson Settlement
WHITE OAK, Tenn. (UMNS) - Annette Spence, editor of the Call in the Holston Annual (regional) Conference, reports the difference the Hendersonville Settlement is making in its pocket of Appalachia. Many of the 2,800 volunteers that come through Henderson Settlement each year are dispatched to repair dilapidated homes within a 20-mile radius of Frakes, Ky. "These are the people the scripture tells us to take care of," said the Rev. Mark Fuerstenau, pastor of Kossuth Zion United Methodist Church in Spencerville, Ohio.
Church urged to be 'robust in charity and love'
DES MOINES, Wash. (UMNS) - "There is so much to love about this church but we work so hard to undermine it and hasten its demise," writes Patrick Scriven, director of communcations and young people's ministries for the Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference. He suggests the church should strive to be "robust enough in charity and love" to hold its members' many different opinions.
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