“The act of generosity that you have shown us will forever be remembered, and we will continue to treasure it.” — Neo Paul Negado, student at newly built school and evacuation shelter in the Philippines.
UMCOR typhoon project yields new homes, school
SAN JOSE, Philippines (UMNS) —Two years after a deadly typhoon hit the Leyte province, a United Methodist Committee on Relief project completed its fifth public evacuation shelter and 134 new homes. The shelter, which also will serve as an elementary school and multipurpose hall, was formally handed over to the community in a Feb. 8 ceremony. David Tereshchuk has the story for UMCOR.
Liberia divorce rule and connectionalism
LANCASTER, Pa. (UMNS) — What does Liberia’s ban on divorced candidates for bishop mean for the worldwide nature of The United Methodist Church? The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens, director of United Methodist studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary, considers this question.
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Conference, UMCOR provide water
DALLAS (UMNS) — The North Texas Conference, with a grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, has been providing emergency water supplies to a low-income area that has no running water. Dallas County commissioners have expressed appreciation to the conference while pledging a long-term solution for residents of the Sandbranch community. The Rev. Sheron C. Patterson reports.
Clergy, leaders protest immigration legislation
MADISON, Wis. (UMNS) — United Methodist leaders, pastors and members from across the state participated in the “Dia Sin Latinos/A Day without Latinos” rally at the Wisconsin Capitol, protesting several proposed bills that would affect immigrants living in the state.
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Ecumenical AIDS/HIV partnership to fight discrimination
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s HIV and AIDS Ministry have forged a partnership to collaborate on strategy and projects intended to reduce discrimination of people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
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Ministry provides bed for children
FLORENCE, S.C. (UMNS) — Art Justice was shocked to learn from teachers and guidance counselors that hundreds of children in his community were sleeping on the floor. The Central United Methodist Church member was inspired to start a new ministry, which built 26 beds last autumn and plans another build day this spring with a goal of 35 new beds. Jessica Brodie reports for the Advocate.
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Tuesday, March 1
Deadline to register for Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer ─ The gathering will be 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST Saturday, March 5. “Changing the Way We Do Church: Praying for Discernment” will be the focus of the Bishop Young Jin Cho’s Convocation on Prayer at Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave., Richmond, Virginia. Frederick W. Schmidt Jr., Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at United Methodist Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will be the main speaker. Details