October 09, 2013
"We are filled with holy outrage because this dangerous and unnecessary impasse is but the logical bitter fruit of politics that is petty and too willing to overlook the common good." - Excerpt from United Methodist Women statement on the government shutdown.
United Methodist Women condemn shutdown
NEW YORK (UMNS) - The leadership of United Methodist Women has issued a statement condemning the impact of the U.S. government's shutdown on those who are hungry and marginalized. The statement urges members to call their congressional representatives.
Warning: Scammers still using bishop names
PIEDMONT, S.C. (UMNS) - The scammers using the names of United Methodist bishops are still in action. United Methodist leaders will never call you over the phone to ask for help, even in an emergency. Scams have been reported using the names of Bishops Bledsoe, Cho, Holston, King, Matthews and Swanson. Jessica Connor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate has the story.
15 new missionaries to be commissioned
NEW YORK (UMNS) - United Methodist missionaries from six countries are preparing for service. A missionary commissioning worship celebration is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, Oct. 11 at Christ Church United Methodist in New York.
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President credits pastor for White House run
DALLAS (UMNS) - Former President George W. Bush credits his decision to run for the White House to a 1998 sermon he heard from the Rev. Mark Craig, recently retired from Highland Park United Methodist Church here. "There were no mysterious voices whispering in my ears, just Mark Craig's high-pitched Texas twang coming from the pulpit," Bush said at an event honoring Craig and raising funds for a new trauma center at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
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A working group for women in migration
NEW YORK (UMNS) - Women in migration - those who travel to find work and those who stay home while their family members attempt to find work - are vulnerable to trafficking, swindling, rape, starvation, and other devastating consequences. Christie R. House of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries reports how United Methodists and other faith groups are working to address these women's needs.
Texas congregations working to increase Hispanic outreach
HOUSTON (UMNS) - Fulshear United Methodist Church is just one of the congregations in the Texas Annual (regional) Conference that are using Hispanic Heritage Month as an opportunity to developHispanic ministry.