NEWS AND FEATURES
Moving ministries from idea to fruition
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — Good ideas are hard to find, but taking an idea and turning it into a fleshed-out ministry can be just as difficult. In the Mountain Sky Conference, a two-and-a-half-day workshop dubbed Hatchathon seeks to fill the gap. Jim Patterson reports.
Florida Conference asks: How can we help you?
LAKELAND, Fla. — Florida Conference phone bank volunteers are taking calls from people whose lives were turned upside down by Hurricane Ian. The volunteers are a vital part of the conference’s response to the catastrophe, the first link in a chain that could start the flow of assistance. Joe Henderson has the story.
South Georgia Conference
Cooks Union church cooks up meal ministry
COLQUITT, Ga. — Kaye B. Cook, a member of Cooks Union United Methodist Church, lives up to both her name and her church’s name. Every Wednesday, the former caterer and the Rev. Jean Watson, the church’s pastor, dedicate their entire day to cooking, baking, packing and delivering meals for Cooks Union’s Meals of Love ministry. Kara Witherow has the story.
Pastor’s path from Korea to Egypt to New England
GALES FERRY, Conn. — Through his childhood and into young adulthood, the Rev. Yunki Kim identified how society labeled him: He was a Korean immigrant living in Egypt, the pastor’s kid. Eventually his faith journey took him from serving as a chaplain’s assistant in the Korean military to a United Methodist pastor in the New England Conference. Erica Moser has a profile of the pastor.
Religion and Race
Resource available to avoid accent bias
WASHINGTON — When people born and reared in the United States refer to difficulty with another person’s “accent,” they could be showing implicit bias toward a person whose first language is not U.S. English. The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race has crafted a list of helpful ways to avoid accidental bias toward how others speak.
West Ohio Conference
Learn about forging an inclusive culture
WORTHINGTON, Ohio — Former undersecretary of energy and Ohio State University President Kristina M. Johnson will discuss how to create an inclusive culture Oct. 18 with Bishop Gregory Palmer during Palmer’s leadership clinic on Zoom. The cost to attend is $30 for Ohio leaders and $40 for non-Ohio leaders.
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Spotlight shines on Jovita Idár, Methodist reformer
Grassroots groups talk up The United Methodist Church
Monday, Oct. 17-Friday, Nov. 11
Online course: Spiritual Practices for Personal Transformation
Monday, Oct. 24-Friday, Nov. 18
Online course: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs
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