September 12, 2013
"I've never been to communion before but I love God and I'm hungry." - "Joe," a camper taking communion at Sunshine Camp.
Scout's Eagle project honors 9/11 victims
WINDERMERE, Fla. (UMNS) - With steel from Ground Zero and handmade tiles, Jeff Cox created a unique 9/11 tribute. He was honored by United Methodist Men for his work.
The United Methodist Church and workers' rights
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Whether fighting to stop exploitation or advocating for proper working conditions, The United Methodist Church has a history of protecting and defending worker rights. Rethink Church has collected some examples of how United Methodists have put their beliefs into action.
Communion at Sunshine Camp
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (UMNS) - Sunshine Camp is a camp for adults with special needs run by the Alabama-West Florida annual (regional) conference. Alicia Smith, director of the camp, recalls one camper, "Joe," who went through the communion line twice, simply because he was hungry, and how he helped camp workers remember the gift of an invitation to communion.
'Dream Team' makes plan for grant requests
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Funds from the $7 million Young Clergy Initiative will be used to support projects to attract young people to pulpits in The United Methodist Church. The Dream Team, a group of 12 young clergy, campus ministers, pastors, youth ministers, annual conference and seminary staff with expertise in various areas relating to discernment and young clergy issues, met in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 5-6 to map the plans.
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Connecting with the 'unplugged'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - According to former Mashable writer Alex Fitzpatrick, "While 91 percent of Americans as a whole have access to wired broadband speeds, there is a very different reality if you lack a college education, if you're poor or if you're Hispanic or African American." The same disparity exists in rural and urban areas versus the suburbs. MyCom, a publication of United Methodist Communications, suggests seven ways to improve your communication with those who are "unplugged."
New president of United Methodist Scouters
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Phil Craig has been elected as the new president of the National Association of United Methodist Scouters. Affiliated with United Methodist Men, the scouting association provides resources for scouting and civic, youth-serving ministries like Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Camp Fire USA, 4-H and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Craig has served NAUMS as vice president for a year and is the scouting coordinator for the Memphis Annual (regional) Conference.