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September 19, 2012

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"My life can touch in the morning someone from Nicaragua. In the afternoon, I can find a person from Mexico. At night, I can finish it up with a person from southern Mexico. The outreach is tremendous every day." - The Rev. Corazon Escarzaga on the migrant ministry she conducts with her husband.

UMTV: Hispanic clergy couple's migrant ministry

CENTRAL VALLEY, Calif. (UMNS) - In the United States, 2.5 million farm laborers work long days and seasonal crops. Life on the move makes it hard for farm hands to have much quality of life. A husband and wife team of United Methodist pastors is making sure migrant workers get some support from the outside world.
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From Mexico to church in Abilene

ABILENE, Texas (UMNS) - Members of St. Paul United Methodist Church could have searched the country and not found a more qualified person to speak on unauthorized immigration than their own pastor, the Rev. Eduardo "Eddie" Rivera, says the Abilene Reporter News. The journey for Rivera, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, includes mastering the English language, earning a doctorate from a prestigious school of theology, gaining his U.S. citizenship and ministering in migrant camps.
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Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United States marks Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the contributions of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, to Mexico and to the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship offers preaching and worship resources for congregations interested in joining in the celebration.
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Camp provides hope for Liberian refugees

BUDUBURAM, Ghana (UMNS) -"The most listened to woman on radio in North America" is using her big voice to speak for voiceless children and adults living in a Liberian refugee camp.
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Letter to Council of Bishops on Bishop Talbert

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (UMNS) - Bishop Melvin G. Talbert "should be celebrated" not censured for calling on clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages, writes the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell, a retired elder, in an open letter to the Council of Bishops. His letter responds to another letter to the council signed by more than 70 people.
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Response to BMCR statement on Bishop Talbert

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (UMNS) - Signers of a letter calling for Bishop Melvin G. Talbert's censure support civil rights but do not see Talbert's stance on homosexuality as a civil rights issue, writes the Rev. Thomas A. Lambrecht, one of the letter signers and vice president and general manager of Good News. Lambrecht's commentary responds to a statement by Black Methodists for Church Renewal in support of Talbert.
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