“We will be integrating the goal of eradicating AIDS by 2030 into our overall publicity.” — Linda Bales Todd and the Rev. Donald Messer, United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.
Ending AIDS as public health threat
NEW YORK (UMNS) — End AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. That was the pledge made earlier this month at a World Council of Churches-led interfaith prayer service preceding the U.N. High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. In a Q&A with Linda Bloom, the co-chairs of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund offer support for the pledge and discuss goals for the next four years.
Shooting victims mourned at prayer service
ORLANDO, Fla. (AJC) — The tolling of bells mingled with the sound of muffled tears in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Orlando on June 14 as photos of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims were placed on boards in front of the altar. Jennifer Brett reports on the interfaith service for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Resolution in same-sex weddings complaint
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — For more than a year, the Rev. Janet Ellinger has been reflecting and waiting for the outcome of a complaint filed against her by a clergy colleague because she officiated at the same-sex weddings of two couples. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, Wisconsin Conference, announced a resolution had been reached that did not take away Ellinger’s clergy credentials but required her to address the conference clergy session on June 10. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
2016 annual conference reports
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist News Service is posting reports from all the annual conference sessions. New reports this week include Alaska, Missouri, North Alabama, Upper New York, Louisiana, Illinois Great River and Great Plains.
Father’s Day resources available
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Discipleship Ministries has collected prayers, music, liturgical aids and devotionals that your church can use to observe Father's Day.
Staff changes at Church and Society
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Church and Society announces that Jeanie Ree Moore is the agency’s new director of advocacy for civil and human rights, and Tricia Bruckbauer is the new director of communications. Katie Monfortte also joins the staff as communications assistant and internship coordinator.
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Thursday, June 16
Florida Conference prayer vigil — 9:30 p.m. EDT. The conference will hold a prayer vigil for Orlando shooting victims, survivors and their families, the city of Orlando and the nation at the Convention Center Driveway, Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando, Florida. Details