NEWS AND FEATURES
Groups approve plan to divvy up slashed budget
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — After almost a week of sometimes tense conversation, the Connectional Table and General Council on Finance and Administration each approved allocations in a slashed budget. A big sticking point was the 35 percent budget cut for United Methodist Communications, which includes UMNews. Heather Hahn reports.
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Zimbabwe farming project empowers women, girls
MARANGE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — A United Methodist program is helping women and girls generate income in an area struggling with drought and dying crops. Funded by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the farming project provides chicks, supplies and training to the women, allowing them to care for their families and plough money back into the program. Kudzai Chingwe has the story.
Murfreesboro Daily News Journal
No longer left behind, tower bell to ring again
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — When First United Methodist Church moved to a new building in 2003, its bell stayed behind in the decommissioned tower. Finally, a crew from the church rescued it and placed the bell in storage for nearly a decade. On Palm Sunday, the refurbished 147-year-old bell will ring again. Nancy De Gennaro reports.
Watching out for domestic workers
HONG KONG — When migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong have problems with their employers — ranging from unwarranted pay deductions to physical abuse — United Methodist Women-supported organizations such as Bethune House and the Mission for Migrant Workers take their side. Paul Jeffrey has the story.
Higher Education and Ministry
Scholarships for African doctoral students
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thirteen students from Africa will receive doctoral program scholarships offered by Africa University in Zimbabwe and Wesley House in Cambridge, England. The project will receive $100,000 this year from The United Methodist Church’s Central Conference Theological Education Fund.
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Relationships key for churches to help addicts
Grant challenge leads to new ministry with Native students
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Resilience for activists retreat