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|Monday, December 17, 2012|
"She worked to realize a dream which is destined to change the face of leadership in Africa from now until eternity." - Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa of the Zimbabwe Area remembering Nancy Mikell Carruth, whom many knew as "Mrs. Africa University."
Church reaches out after school shooting
SANDY HOOK, Conn. (UMNS) - Members of Newtown United Methodist Church in Sandy Hook were holding their breath to learn the full impact of the Dec. 14 shooting at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School, said the Rev. Mel Kawakami, the church's senior pastor, hours after the shooting. But, the church already was at work as a site for prayer and respite for Red Cross first responders and families. By late afternoon the death toll had climbed to 27, including at least 20 children, in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.
United Methodists of note who died in 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - In 2012, church members marked the passing of a number of United Methodist leaders who made significant contributions in their Christian walk.
Bishop Juan re-elected
BAYOMBONG, Philippines (UMNS) - Bishop Rodolfo Alfonso Juan, who presently leads the Baguio Episcopal Area in the Philippines, has been re-elected by the Philippines Central Conference. In the Philippines, a United Methodist bishop must be re-elected every four years. The Philippines Central Conference met Dec. 12-16.
Cokesbury announces new market areas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Cokesbury, the retail division of the United Methodist Publishing House, has officially announced the market areas where new Cokesbury sales representatives will be assigned as part of the CokesburyNext initiative. After the closing of Cokesbury brick-and-mortar stores, the publishing house will deploy 48 Cokesbury sales representatives in 46 market areas to help customers learn about, review and examine products in their own churches and other ministry settings.
Director of preaching ministries named
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Rev. Pamela Dawn Chesser, an ordained elder in the Holston Annual (regional) Conference, will become director of preaching ministries at the United Methodist Board of Discipleship on Jan. 1. Chesser currently is chaplain at United Methodist-related Hiwassee College and pastor of the college chapel, Buckner Memorial United Methodist Church in Madisonville, Tenn.
Reconciling Ministries names interim head
CHICAGO (UMNS) - Reconciling Ministries Network, an unofficial United Methodist caucus that advocates for greater inclusion of gays and lesbians, has named Randall Miller as its interim executive director. Miller is assistant professor of United Methodist studies, ethics and leadership and director of the Leadership Institute at the Pacific School of Religion. He is also immediate past chair of the Commission on the United Methodist General Conference.
Tackling poverty difficult but essential
WASHINGTON (UMNS) -Tackling poverty "is incredibly challenging," Jim Winkler, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, said during a recent interagency meeting on ministry with the poor. However, he concluded, if the denomination is not "doing everything we can" for that ministry, "we're not going to grow our church here in the United States."
One city's Christmas story airs on CBS
NEW YORK (UMNS) - A story of hope in Reading, Pa., is the focus of "One Christmas Story: People Rich in Spirit," a new production from Odyssey Networks. CBS will air the one-hour program, without commercials, starting at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Christmas Eve.
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