“My faith was always important to me, but it was the Wesleyan theology of grace that has made me a United Methodist because I saw a theology that was accessible to all.” — The Rev. Caiti Utahana Hamilton on her ordination as an elder.
NEWS AND FEATURES
California-Nevada Conference has 6 new LGBTQ clergy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The California-Nevada Conference welcomed six LGBTQ United Methodist clergy members during the June 21 service of commissioning and ordination. Kathy Gilbert reports.
Christian hymn unites Hong Kong protesters
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (UM News) — “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” has become the unofficial anthem for protesters this month at Hong Kong demonstrations against a proposed law. Ben Ho, a Methodist from Hong Kong and a doctoral exchange student at Yale University Divinity School, considers the adoption of the hymn somewhat of a miracle. Linda Bloom has the story. Read story
Police question United Methodists about sanctuary guests
ROXAS, Philippines (UM News) — A district superintendent and pastor say they were intimidated and threatened by police for offering sanctuary to human rights workers at Dangay 3000 United Methodist Church. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports.
Mountain Sky Conference
Outdoor faith community looking for volunteers
AURORA, Colo. — The Land, an outdoor United Methodist faith community, is looking for volunteers willing to build benches and picnic tables, move dirt, install fences and plant trees. The faith community gathers people to learn how small changes can make a big difference in caring for creation. Churches with groups interested in an outdoor mission experience can email the Rev. Stephanie Price at email@example.com, call 720-955-4799 or fill out the Mission Days form.
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Higher Education and Ministry
Emory leader receives ethical leadership award
ATLANTA — Methodist educational leaders honored the achievements of the Rev. James T. Laney, president emeritus of United Methodist-related Emory University, by making him the first recipient of the Global Ethical Leadership Award. The award was jointly presented by the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools, the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church. Read press release
United Methodist Development Fund
Understanding leads to financing for church project
IRWIN, Pa. — Local lenders wanted Community United Methodist Church to scale down its $10 million building and renovation project. The United Methodist Development Fund understood the church’s dream of expanding its mission field and provided the financing, including low initial payments.
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Thursday, June 27