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"God doesn't call us to love the whole world, that's his job.
But God does call us to love a slice of the world."
—The Rev. Stan Cardwell
United Methodists save one life in Uganda
BEL AIR, Md. (UMNS)—They're called "the invisible children" - a generation of young boys and girls in Uganda who were torn from their villages, brainwashed and used as pack animals and bullet fodder for the Lord's Resistance Army of Joseph Kony. A teen named Lazarus, who also calls himself Joe, lived amid these atrocities, and then on the streets, eating out of garbage pits, after escaping Kony's terrorist army. Only about a year ago did he let himself smile. This fall, if all goes according to plan, Joe will join the Rev. Stan Cardwell, his wife, Michelle, and their three children in Bel Air, welcomed as a blessing from God.
Ecumenical pact does not open door to gay clergy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)—The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's acceptance of pastors in same-sex relationships does not pave the way for noncelibate gay clergy to serve in United Methodist churches, officials from the two denominations said.The Lutheran vote Aug. 21 to drop its ban on gay clergy, coming a day after the denomination approved a full communion pact with The United Methodist Church, raised the question of whether practicing homosexual Lutheran pastors would be permitted in United Methodist pulpits. Leaders from both churches said Aug. 26, however, that The United Methodist Church's ban on noncelibate gay clergy is unchanged.
Walls continue to divide the world, ecumenical leader says
GENEVA (ENI)—Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, churches need to offer a vision to a world divided in more complex ways than at the time of the Iron Curtain, the moderator of the World Council of Churches told its main governing body as it gathered Aug. 26. "It came to symbolize the division of the world into two conflicting systems," said the Rev. Walter Altmann, a Lutheran from Brazil."Yet we do not forget either that many other walls, be they of concrete or of prejudices or of laws which discriminate against foreigners, persist or are being raised, dividing peoples and causing great suffering, in many parts of the world." United Methodists are among the Central Committee members who will elect a new top executive and decide on the venue of the 2013 assembly for the World Council of Churches during eight days of meetings.