"Thank you for the supply of phone cards. They save lives, save marriages, keep children in touch with parents, bring hope to the lonely and support to the frightened. They connect us with the people we love." - Letter from a military chaplain in response to the Phone Cards for Military program.
Technology replaces military phone-card program
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The world back in 2003 was quite different from the world today. No Facebook or Twitter. No one had yet heard of Lady Gaga or "The Situation." People used phones exclusively for placing calls. Plenty of things were not as they are now, but one fact has endured: The people of The United Methodist Church have always reached out those who are in need. Thus, on Veteran's Day 2003, the long-running Phone Cards for Military program began. This year, it will end.
NCC board calls for end to war in Afghanistan
NEW ORLEANS (UMNS) - The National Council of Churches Governing Board adopted a resolution on Nov. 9 calling upon President Obama to negotiate a withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan "to be completed as soon as possible without further endangerment to the lives and welfare of U.S. and NATO troops, Afghan troops and Afghan civilians." The board also unanimously re-elected the Rev. Michael Kinnamon as the NCC's top executive for a second four -year term, beginning January 2012. The governing board meeting preceded the Centennial Ecumenical Gathering.
UMCOR adds three staff in Haiti
NEW YORK (UMNS) - Juan Carlos Real is the new head of mission in Haiti for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. He has more than 10 years of related experiences in countries such as Angola, Afghanistan, Kenya, Pakistan, Somaliland and Malawi. Also joining the UMCOR Haiti staff are Dinesh Malla and Sasiharan Luzmanan who will both work in shelter and reconstruction. Learn more and give to UMCOR's work in Haiti.
Holy Land pilgrimage designed for young clergy
WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Board of Church and Society is organizing a 2011 pilgrimage to the Holy Land just before the beginning of the Lenten season. The trip, Feb. 23-March 5, is designed especially for young clergy, although not limited to them. "A high-quality Holy Land pilgrimage is bound to significantly impact one's ministry for years to come," said the Rev. Neal Christie, a board executive, who can be contacted for more information at email@example.com.
Bill Cosby to speak at Lambuth fundraiser
JACKSON, Tenn. (UMNS) - Lambuth University, a United Methodist-affiliated school, will present "An Evening with Bill Cosby" at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in downtown Jackson. Campus officials say the fundraiser will help launch Architects of Promise, a three-year, $40 million campaign to grow Lambuth's endowment for scholarships, programs and capital improvements. General admission tickets cost $50 and go on sale Nov. 15. More information is available here.