"Social justice ministry is difficult, no argument there. It is a daily struggle. As followers of Jesus Christ we cannot withdraw from the battle, though. Instead, we must draw on his compassion for the least, the last and the lost to re-energize us each time we may falter." — Jim Winkler, general secretary of United Methodist Board of
Church and Society.
Leader calls U.S. a ‘welfare state for rich’
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Jim Winkler, general secretary for the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, counters the claim the poverty rate is exaggerated and advocacy for the poor supports an unlimited welfare state. In his article in Faith in Action, a publication of the Board of Church & Society, Winkler talks about what The United Methodist Church is doing to fight poverty. “As Christians, we desire and insist on fairness and justice for those who need it most.”
Six reasons young Christians leave church
VENTURA, Calif. (UMNS) — More than half of active churchgoers disconnect from the church by age 15, according to a new study by the Barna Group, a research company that focuses on the intersection of faith and culture. The study, part of a five-year project to learn why young adults leave church, compiled research from eight national studies and interviews with young adults, parents and pastors. The research revealed six main reasons why almost 60 percent of young people disconnect from the church after their teenage years.
Oct. 16 project for World Food Day
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Church and Society is partnering with Church World Service and Oxfam America in a World Food Day project, "Share the Table with a World Farmer." The project encourages people of faith to organize a dinner on Oct. 16, or a nearby Sunday, during which they discuss the situations of small-holder farmers in developing countries. Bread for the World also is encouraging local congregations to mark World Food Day by providing free materials, including a reflection on Matthew 22 by the Rev. Donald Senior, CP, editor of The Bible Today; a new litany by the Rev. Michelle Baker-Wright of Fuller Seminary, bulletin inserts, and offering envelopes.
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Young adults want ministry with poor
NEW YORK (UMNS) – The ability to engage in ministry with the poor – one of four focus areas for The United Methodist Church– was a motivating factor for many of the 26 young adults recently commissioned for mission service and destined for assignments within the United States and around the world.
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Clark Atlanta fights domestic violence
ATLANTA (UMNS) — Clark Atlanta University, a United Methodist-related school, will begin its annual campaign against dating and domestic violence on Oct. 16 in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “The Call to True Beauty 2011,” the university’s advocacy, education and prevention campaign, will continue to Oct. 21. A schedule of the week’s events is on the University’s web site. For more information, call 404-880-8337.
UMCOR equips ministry for mentally ill
NEW YORK (UMNS) — The United Methodist Task Force on Disability Ministries, a program of UMCOR Health, is offering churches resources in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 2-8. In any given year, more than a quarter of adults will experience some form of mental illness. The resources are designed to help churches recognize and respond to this often-hidden disability.
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