September 11, 2013
"Where adults have been in conflict for a long time, working with future adults may be one of the best means of disaster prevention." - The Rev. Jack Amick, UMCOR executive.
United Methodists seek to expand scouting ministry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The number of Scout troops and other youth-serving agencies sponsored by United Methodist congregations is likely to increase over the next 12 months. Rich Peck reports from a recent meeting of the Commission on United Methodist Men.
Gaza kids get a break from conflict
JERUSALEM (UMNS) - In the narrow and desperately overcrowded 140-square miles of Gaza, everyday life goes on in a kind of perpetual emergency, whatever the discussions of the territory's status in international corridors of power. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is supporting a program that will help the children of that perilous territory to enjoy fuller and more stable lives.
Pan-Africa Summit empowers health workers
ACCRA, Ghana (UMNS) - United Methodist leaders from around Africa are here for the fourth annual Pan-Africa Health Summit, sponsored by the denomination's Imagine No Malaria campaign and the United Methodist Committee on Relief, with support from United Methodist Communications.
Film follows new clergy on Wesleyan pilgrimage
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Six newly ordained United Methodist clergy, who find themselves in the midst of a changing denomination, share in a new film how a 10-day pilgrimage to follow in the footsteps of the Methodist movement's founder John Wesley helped shape their ministries. The film, "Pastor or Savior? A Wesley Pilgrimage," was made by GodFilms, a production unit of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, in England during the fall of 2012. DVDs will be available to purchase this fall from https://store.gbod.org.
District opens thrift store
MOBILE, Ala. (UMNS) - The Mobile District of Alabama-West Florida Annual (regional) Conference has launched the Open Doors Resale and Thrift Store. The store was established to financially support United Methodist mission endeavors in the Mobile area. The ministry aims to help deal with the impact of the economic downturn.
Documentary to be part of 2014 mission studies
NEW YORK (UMNS) - Diva Communications' Emmy-nominated documentary "A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities" will be featured in United Methodist Women's 2014 Mission Studies. Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy Johnson, who is a part of the film, noted that the goal for any religious group "is to help people see with new eyes that people with disabilities are truly valuable and have skills and abilities that enhance the faith community."