"We are taking a stand, and these are the levers to pull the church in the direction in which we feel the Spirit of God is calling us." - Illinois Area Bishop Gregory V. Palmer.
Haiti, Call to Action top stories in 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - United Methodists began 2010 praying, raising funds and recruiting volunteers to help the people of Haiti recover from a catastrophic earthquake.
The year ended with church members trying to digest two massive surveys and five recommendations from a Call to Action team aimed at revitalizing the denomination.
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Faith leaders march for DREAM Act
WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Dozens of faith leaders from 10 states - including six United Methodist bishops and clergy - and more than 100 students prayed together and marched around the U.S. Senate buildings Dec. 14, calling for passage of the DREAM Act. The bill, which would give young immigrants the opportunity to earn legal status by serving in the military or completing a college education, awaits a vote by the U.S. Senate before it adjourns for the year. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation Dec. 8.
The event drew inspiration from the Old Testament story of Joshua, who led the Israelites around the city of Jericho seven times, sounding trumpets until the walls fell.
"If we fail to convince our political leaders to support this, we fail to be faithful guardians of the children God placed in our care," said Phoenix Area Bishop Minerva Carcaño.
Bishops call for vote on New START treaty
WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Council of Bishops is calling upon the U.S. Senate to take a floor vote on the New START treaty before the holiday recess.
"On behalf of the sixty-nine bishops of The United Methodist Church and over eleven million members in over 40,000 congregations, we pray you will not delay taking this measured, verifiable step to nuclear arms safety," wrote Bishop Larry Goodpaster, council president in a Dec. 14 letter.
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, a United Methodist and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is the leading Republican supporter of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
Minneapolis to be site of bishop's office in 2012
MINNEAPOLIS (UMNS) - When the United Methodist Dakotas and Minnesota conferences join in a new episcopal area in September 2012, Minneapolis will be the main location for the bishop's office, a transition team has determined. The new area is the result of a cost-cutting decision by the 2008 General Conference that each of the denomination's five U.S. jurisdictions should have one fewer bishop. "The conferences are not merging," said current Bishops Deborah Lieder Kiesey (Dakotas) and Sally Dyck (Minnesota).