“Because of its proximity to the U.N. — across the street — the Church Center may be the closest that the world leaders get to hearing authentic voices of pain and anguish about poverty and hunger.” - The Rev. Liberato (Levi) Bautista
U.N. ‘has its hands full,’ says United Methodist observer
NEW YORK (UMNS) — As world leaders flock to the United Nations this week, the Rev. Liberato (Levi) Bautista, head of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society’s United Nations office, reflects on the new U.N. session in a Q&A.
Watch sexuality discussion live on Nov. 1
CHICAGO (UMNS) — The Connectional Table’s Human Sexuality Task Force plans to hold the second of three live stream events from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. CT Saturday, Nov. 1. The panelists are members of the Council of Bishops who contributed to the book “Finding Our Way: Love and Law in The United Methodist Church,” as well as the publisher and president of United Methodist Publishing House.
Young adults can apply for 2015 mission program
NEW YORK (UMNS) — Generation Transformation applications are now available for 2015 mission opportunities for young adults aged 18-30. The program is an initiative of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
Social Principles consultations get underway
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo (UMNS) — The second of 16 meetings to consider a process about how to make the United Methodist Social Principles more succinct, theologically founded and globally relevant is scheduled for Sept. 26-27. The Board of Church and Society’s Wayne Rhodes writes about the planned conferences.
Pastor: Leaders believe things can happen
HERNDON, Va. (UMNS) — “One of the most important contributions a leader can make is to believe that things can happen,” writes the Rev. Tom Berlin, senior pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in a commentary for United Methodist-related Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Berlin cites as an example Sierra Leone’s Bishop John Yambasu.