"When people sense a need in The United Methodist Church, they have an overwhelming ability to respond." -- Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chairperson of the Global Health Initiative for the United Methodist Council of Bishops
'Imagine something more' to end malaria, bishop says
STAMFORD, Conn. (UMNS) - United Methodist Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chairperson of the Global Health Initiative for the United Methodist Council of Bishops, seeks nothing less than the elimination of malaria - a treatable and preventable disease that still claims a life every 30 seconds -- by 2015. The reality, he told directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief during their Oct. 13 meeting, is that it will take a far greater effort than Nothing But Nets to achieve that goal. A new campaign, Imagine No Malaria, has been formed, with a public launch set for the next World Malaria Day - April 25, 2010.
Upper Room Ministries repositions management team
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – Four key leaders of Upper Room Ministries, a division of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, will assume new roles, effective immediately, to strengthen the organization’s capacity for growth, board officials announced on Oct 16. Sarah Wilke, currently publisher and world editor, will continue as publisher. Lynne Deming, executive director of publishing ministries, will become world editor. The Rev. Jerry Haas will become spiritual director of the Upper Room Center for Spiritual Formation, a new initiative that will consist of both a Nashville-based center and a global interactive presence. The Rev. Tom Albin will become dean of Upper Room Ministries and Ecumenical Relations, reflecting the organization’s increased focus on external relationships.
Methodist leader honored by Chile
GENEVA (UMNS) -- A Methodist pastor from Uruguay was honored Oct.14 by the government of Chile for his defense of human rights in that nation during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet from 1973 to 1990. The Rev. Emilio Castro, who led the World Council of Churches from 1985 to 1992, received the Orden de Bernardo O'Higgins, the country's commendation for non-Chilean citizens. Bernardo O'Higgins, a central figure of Chile's fight for independence in the 19th century, is considered the nation's founding father.
Faith groups tie going green to poverty initiative
WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Thirty-four national faith organizations, including the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, will hold public events through Oct. 21 as part of a weeklong mobilization to encourage government officials to fight poverty while protecting the environment. Entitled "Fighting Poverty with Faith: Good Jobs, Green Jobs," the initiative will include programs such as worker training, home retrofitting fairs, roundtable discussions on how to implement green job training opportunities and tours of green job facilities across the country. More information can be found at www.fightingpovertywithfaith.com and www.nccendpoverty.org.