December 19, 2012

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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"When one meets some members of Congress, you tend to question their sincerity because their conversation with you seems so artificial. Not Sen. Inouye. When you met him, he looked you in the eye and there was a sense of true engagement and integrity. In a town full of hyperbole, his impact cannot be understated - there are not many like him, and his death leaves a void. We need more elected leaders like him."
- The Rev. Cynthia J. Abrams, United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

United Methodists honor Inouye's service

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - United Methodists are remembering Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, not just as a World War II hero and longtime U.S. senator, but also as a fellow church member respected for his integrity and commitment to fairness.
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Spark12 First Fellows, Orientation Week

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Spark12, a catalyst program for young entrepreneurs seeking to transform the world, has announced fellows for its pilot session. Two projects were selected after a multi-step application process from an original pool of 47 applicants. The Spark12 fellows will gather in Washington for an orientation week early in January.
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Honoring those who serve

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The call to assist veterans and military families will be heard nationally Jan. 21, 2013, as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Dayof Service. Rethink Church is assisting congregations with resources and marketing support around this effort.
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Gift of hope flying into Congo

NEW YORK (UMNS) - A Cessna Caravan from Norway soon will deliver lifesaving help to the people of North Katanga, Congo, thanks to $2.1 million raised by United Methodists from around the world. Gaston Ntambo, one of three missionary pilots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will take a flight-training course in preparation for the plane's arrival at the end of the rainy season this spring.
Learn more about United Methodist aviation ministries
To support these ministries, donate to UMCOR Advance #3019626
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New Africa conference theological projects

NAIROBI, Kenya (UMNS) - The All Africa Conference of Churches launched new projects during a Dec. 3-7 international symposium to encourage theological education initiatives throughout the African continent. One project was the establishment of the All Africa Academy for Theology and Religious Studies, which will have its first session before the conference's 50th Assembly in Kampala, Uganda, in 2013.
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Latvian United Methodists face challenges

ALCOA, Tenn. (UMNS) -The United Methodist Church in Latvia and its 13 congregations face funding cuts and financial challenges at a time when the resident bishop says it's crucial to start new churches.
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Interview with Latvian pastor

Departing women's leader focused on work

CHICAGO (UMNS) - M. Garlinda Burton is proud of the accomplishments of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women during her nine years as its staff leader. She has spent her last weeks in the job focusing on the work still ahead.
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Will we move beyond mourning?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many are asking how to prevent such incidents. Interpreter columnist Ray Waddle reflects on how the prophet Isaiah might use shame to motivate each of us to "Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean, remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes." (Isaiah 1:16).
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