“Ryan always said, ‘I want to make AIDS a disease, not a dirty word.’ ” — Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of the late Ryan White, the teenager who became an international voice for those living with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Message at HIV/AIDS event: ‘Say the words’
INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) — Some 140 people gathered at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church to discuss strategies to help the church and the community save lives, increase awareness and reduce stigma about HIV/AIDS. Crystal Caviness reports.
Ask The UMC
What is the church's view of Halloween?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cultural celebrations for Halloween have evolved alongside church celebrations for All Saints’ Day. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, takes a look at the history of these special occasions and what they mean to United Methodists today.
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AU on track despite challenges in Zimbabwe
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Africa University has strategies for continued growth despite the economic struggles facing Zimbabwe, the United Methodist school’s vice chancellor said. Eveline Chikwanah reports.
ʽScrapdaddy’ sculptor finds support at church
HOUSTON — Mark “Scrapdaddy” Bradford makes giant, inspiring sculptures from materials he finds at the scrap yard. A recovering alcoholic, he attends St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston and says it has given him crucial support. Sherri Gragg has the story.
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South Carolina Conference
Florence cleanup continues in S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — While South Carolina “dodged a bullet” when Hurricane Michael struck, cleanup efforts from Hurricane Florence continue. Some of the worst hit were in rural, poor communities in Dillon, Horry and Marlboro counties. Jessica Brodie reports.
Commission on General Conference
Pre-registration for GC2019 now available
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Guests and observers to the 2019 special General Conference can now pre-register online. Registration is required to attend the General Conference sessions, which will be held Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis. Early registration is available through Jan. 31.
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United Methodist churches on fastest-growing list
THE VILLAGES, Fla. — New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages is 71st on Outreach Magazine’s list of 100 fastest-growing churches. Other United Methodist churches on this year’s list include Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois, at 54, and Providence Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, at 62. A previous digest item did not include New Covenant.
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Summit concentrates on mass incarceration
Video series helps guide talk among those who disagree
Monday, Nov. 5-Friday, Nov. 16
Online class: Using Technology in Church Communications