"We are right there in the mix with everyone else in the country. One measurement of the success of a medical school is the degree to which its graduates are able to earn their preferred choices in the match."—Dr. Billy R. Ballard, interim senior vice president for health affairs and dean of Meharry Medical College.
Meharry grads match with top hospitals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)—More than 80 impeccably dressed young men and women—and their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, spouses, children, friends—filled the auditorium at Meharry Medical College March 18 to find out where they will spend the next several years. Match Day is a rite of passage for those who have completed four years of medical school and applied for residency program in a teaching hospital around the country. "This is a day you will never forget," said Dr. Wayne J. Riley, president of the United Methodist-related, historically black medical college. "I still remember mine like it was yesterday."
Conference boosts Sudan ministries
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (UMNS)—After signing a 2008 covenant with The United Methodist Church's East Africa Conference, members of the Holston Conference raised more than $627,000 for clean water, medical care, pastoral training, education, supplies and leadership development in Yei, Sudan. Holston leaders got a chance to see and chat with Sudan leaders at a video conference as they hosted a March 11-12 Sudan Summit for 100 participants from six other annual conferences in the United States.
Debate raises questions about church’s voice
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)—As Congress grappled with the legislation during the weekend of March 20-21, many United Methodists were surprised to hear U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cite the church as a supporter of reform. In the days that followed, United Methodist leaders fielded calls and e-mails from church members who were either elated or angry about the church's role. Many were confused. The controversy creates a timely opportunity for answering questions about who speaks for the church.
Churches urged to 'Sleep Out to End Malaria'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)—The United Methodist Church will mark this World Malaria Day, April 25, with a call to local churches to "Sleep Out to End Malaria" on the weekend of April 24-25. The sleep out events—in which individuals sleep overnight under imitation bed nets—coincide with the denomination's official launch of Imagine No Malaria, an initiative that seeks to raise $75 million to eliminate death and suffering from malaria in Africa by 2015. The United Methodist Church is encouraging local churches to participate in the Sleep Out to End Malaria as part of a unified action for World Malaria Day in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and the global malaria community. Directions for holding a sleep out are available online at www.ImagineNoMalaria.com.
YouTube Video: Youth Groups Imagine No Malaria
Young adult voices sought
NASHVILLE, Tenn.(UMNS)—The United Methodist Council of Bishops recently approved a letter to the church, called "God's Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action," which addresses the church¹s response to three important issues of our day: pandemic poverty and disease, environmental degradation, and a world awash with weapons of violence. The letter is available at HopeandAction.org. The task force on hope and action is soliciting young adults to write a short reaction to the letter. Anyone interested in contributing or seeking more information can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Into the Fire: Death and Resurrection in Haiti
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)—For more than two days after the Haiti earthquake, United Methodist mission workers lay buried underneath the rubble of the Hotel Montana. On the third day, they were found. In a three-part narrative beginning March 30, United Methodist News Service tells the dramatic stories of those mission workers and others from the moment the earthquake struck until today. The faith amid suffering even to the point of death, and the commitment of survivors to the resurrection of Haiti, brings the Easter story into The United Methodist Church in a new and compelling way. On Good Friday, April 2, as the faithful meditate on the sacrifice of Jesus, we offer profiles of contemporary women and men who gave their lives for others in Haiti.