“When we know ourselves as part of creation — of the natural world, as the Fijian church realizes — we will do a better job of caring for and being part of all that God has made.” — Thomas Kemper, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
New World Outlook looks at care for creation
NEW YORK — Climate change is altering the landscape of the Arctic region and threatening indigenous coastal villages in Alaska, writes Christie House, editor of New World Outlook. Her story is among reports on “Care for Creation and Climate Justice” in the May/June edition of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ mission magazine.
Alaska’s disappearing coast communities
Lessons from Fiji
A Call to creation care ministry
Leadership means ‘pushing people to purpose’
AUSTIN, Texas (UMNS) — The Rev. Gil Rendle, a longtime consultant with United Methodist churches, talks about his changing understanding of leadership in a Q&A with Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership.
First woman president for Emory
ATLANTA (UMNS) — Claire E. Sterk has been named president of Emory University, effective Sept. 1. Sterk, current provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory, will be the first female president of the United Methodist-affiliated school.
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Intercessory prayer: How words and actions serve
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — United Methodists attest that intercessory prayer makes a difference for others and in our own spiritual journeys. For John Wesley, acts of both piety and mercy are part of a life of prayer. Joe Iovino has the story.
‘Smartest church’ trivia contest benefits Africa University
CARTERVILLE, Ill. — A couple of trivia enthusiasts decided to see if a contest to find the “smartest church” could raise money for Africa University, the United Methodist university in Zimbabwe. The Rev. Bob Morwell, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Carterville, hopes that the event could be become an annual fundraiser for various causes. Churches will pay $50 to enter a trivia team and can field as many teams as they want. Stephanie Esters reports in the Southern Illinoisan.
Comments on UMNS stories to end July 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist News Service will stop accepting comments on stories beginning July 1. Those who would like to comment on UMNS stories after that date may do so on the UMNS Facebook page or Twitter. UMNS has concluded that with other avenues available for discussion, we can no longer justify the use of scarce staff time to monitor website comments.
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Wednesday, June 15
Early-bird deadline for HopeFest 2016: Building Hope for Humanity — Christian music festival to benefit Habitat for Humanity on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 27-28. Milford United Methodist Church, 327 N. River Road, Milford, New Hampshire, is the host. Overnight wooded camping sites are available. Performers include Mark Schultz, Jonas Woods, Epic Season, Ryan Stevenson and Rock My Soul. $25 for adults until June 15. Children under 12 are free. Details