April 23, 2013

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"We are all responsible for taking care of the Earth. God gave us a great gift. We should do our best to take care of it." - Maria Porto, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist, New York City.

UMTV: Earth Day Green Churches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Churches across the United Methodist connection are finding creative ways to show a commitment to conservation. At Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, city children put their green thumbs to God's use by planting a garden on the church's rooftop. In Detroit, Cass Community United Methodist Church turns old tires into jobs - and volunteers into power producers.
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Washington church takes Earth stewardship as duty

EDMONDS, Wash. (UMNS) - When Edmonds United Methodist needed a new furnace a few years ago, the church leadership put together a committee, hired a consultant, researched the topic and bought a boiler that uses less energy and saves $6,000 per year in heating costs over the old model. Heraldnet.com reports about this church's commitment to be good stewards of the Earth.
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Judicial Council splits East Africa decision

SEATTLE (UMNS) - A 10-year financial dispute between the Western Pennsylvania Annual (regional) Conference and the East Africa Annual Conference that wound up before The United Methodist Church's top court has ended with a split decision that likely will not please everyone. Neill Caldwell, editor of the Virginia United Methodist Advocate and a correspondent for United Methodist News Service, reports on the council meeting.
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United Methodists pledge China earthquake relief

SHANGHAI (UMNS) - A United Methodist delegation visiting Christians in China said the denomination, through its United Methodist Committee on Relief, will assist in providing relief to the earthquake survivors in southwest Sichuan Province. The current toll of the April 20th earthquake, centered in Ya'an, is 188 people reported dead, 25 missing and 11,460 injured. As the delegation met April 22 with officials and staff of the China Christian Council, Thomas Kemper, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, pledged a grant of $10,000 to the council's Social Service Department along as well as a $10,000 grant to the Amity Foundation, a Christian organization and long-time partner.
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Join us in a daily prayer to end malaria

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) -"Many of us will never see the countries where an impact is being made or meet the people whose lives are saved. But your grace makes your presence possible even through us as we serve." Those words of prayer are offered Monday, April 22,as Imagine No Malaria kicks off a week of prayer leading up to World Malaria Day on April 25. Imagine No Malaria is an expression of the United Methodist Global Health Initiative to raise $75 million to fight malaria on the African continent.
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Church and Society advocates on gun bills

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Board of Church and Society, which advocates for the denomination's social positions, is not giving up on U.S. legislative efforts to prevent gun violence, despite last week's filibuster of an amendment to enact background checks. Polls have shown nearly 90 percentof Americans support background checks for gun purchases.
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Survey seeks young clergy leaving ministry

PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) - In his "Hacking Christianity" blog, the Rev. Jeremy Smith shares about learning recently that four young adult colleagues are leaving the ministry. "I decided we needed a way to gather stories of former young clergy, likely-soon-to-leave young clergy and young adults who never finished the process. And after gathering those stories, seeing if there are common threads," he writes. To gather those stories, he has composed a survey and asks young adults in similar situations to participate.
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