“I’ve learned from experience, our program is really our staff. I believe we have to do everything possible to maintain the staff size that we have now.” — Jim Winkler, top executive of the Board of Church and Society
Church agencies respond to need for change
NEW YORK (UMNS) — A plan for an overall church restructure failed at the 2012 General Conference, but United Methodist agencies are responding to the need for change by streamlining, setting new priorities and renewing commitments to work together on shared services and common mission goals.
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Church and Society announces directors
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The 2013-2016 Board of Directors for the United Methodist Board of Church and Society has been announced.
Forrester named Vanderbilt’s top chaplain
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Rev. Mark Forrester, an 18-year veteran of Vanderbilt University and a United Methodist pastor, is the new university chaplain and director of the Office of Religious Life. He will begin serving in this top post on Sept. 1.
New director of women’s advocacy
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The Rev. Amee Paparella, a provisional elder in the West Michigan Annual (regional) Conference, will take over Aug. 27 as the director and organizer for Women’s Advocacy at the Board of Church and Society.
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Wespath investment managers embrace UN principles
GLENVIEW, Ill. (UMNS) — Two additional United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits’ Wespath investment managers have signed on to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. All the investment managers follow the Pension Board's policies for avoiding investments in six areas that go against church teachings. Now these signatories also will follow international principles that recognize the importance of environmental, social and governance factors in corporate decision-making. Twenty of the pension board’s 47 investment managers have become signatories to the U.N. principles, collectively overseeing 70 percent of the board’s $17 billion in assets under management.
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