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|Monday, December 3, 2012|
"Egyptian journalists face tremendous challenges in trying to cover what's happening here. The truth is a dangerous thing, and telling the truth, in whatever way, obviously entails certain risks."- Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist photographer.
Finance agency lowers salary of East Africa bishop
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The General Council on Finance and Administration, meeting Nov. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla., set the salary of East Africa Bishop Daniel Wandabulaat $1,000 per month. Other bishops outside the United States will receive about $5,500 per month for 2013. The unprecedented action follows three audits conducted by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Finance agency executive John Goolsbey said Wandabula's salary will be reset when he and the East Africa Annual Conference are in full compliance with issues raised by the audits.
Yemba to lead meeting of Central African church leaders
NAIROBI, Kenya (UMNS) - United Methodist Bishop David Yemba, Central Congo Episcopal Area, will chair an ecumenical meeting of church leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda Dec. 3-5 to explore ways to help restore lasting peace in the Great Lakes Region. Yemba is one of five vice presidents of the All Africa Conference of Churches, which is hosting the meeting.
Egypt: Advent in Tahrir Square
CAIRO (UMNS) - United Methodist photographer Paul Jeffrey reflects on Advent, a visit with Coptic Christians and the continuing protests in Tahrir Square, where Egyptian police both protected and beat him.
Christians affirm call for 'summit' with Jews
WASHINGTON (UMNS) -The United Methodist Church is among 13 Christian religious groups that sent a letter Nov. 21 to Jewish leaders who criticized the former's letter to Congress last month requesting a review of whether military aid to Israel violates U.S. law.
Don't push poor off 'fiscal cliff,' religious leaders say
WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Religious officials from 16 states joined the heads of some of the nation's most prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations, including Church World Service, Nov. 29 to tell the Obama Administration and Congress, "Don't push the poor and most vulnerable off the 'fiscal cliff.'"
Guide to Advent resources
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - We are now in the season of Advent. To help you understand and fully participate in this life of the church, United Methodist Communications has put together a guide to help you find what you need throughout this season.
'Y' so many 'nones'?
MINNEAPOLIS (UMNS) - "United Methodist organizations should find millenials where we are: online," writes Amanda Yanchury, of the Minnesota Annual (regional) Conference. "Millenials crave community and collaboration for the greater good. They are more likely to join up and keep up with the church if they believe the church is both doing good in the community and the world and is open to 'people like them.'"
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