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|Monday, January 28, 2013|
"I believe God has not given up on The United Methodist Church. I believe God can see and together we can discern other pathways to reformation and reordering and re-energizing the United Methodist movement." - Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough, the new Connectional Table chair, speaking at the first meeting.
Still there, Connectional Table starts anew
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The new Connectional Table - a United Methodist governing body that had expected to be defunct by now - met Jan. 15-17 to organize. The gathering set the tone for the denomination's leadership for the next four years and may have offered a prelude to proposals that will go before the next General Conference in 2016.
'Fresh winds' blowing through connection
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (UMNS) - "What I most appreciated about the first meeting of the Connectional Table was the degree to which I sensed that it is a new day," said the Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, pastor of Kalamazoo Milwood United Methodist Church and a member of the Connectional Table. "It became clear that we would be dealing with central issues for The United Methodist Church but would strive to approach them in new ways. It feels like a fresh wind of the Spirit is moving through our church."
And the disciples asked, 'Teach us to pray'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Join the conversation Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. CT, as the Rev. Tom Albin and other guests talk about prayer, the power of prayer and developing an active prayer life. Melanie Gordon, director of children's ministries at the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, will lead a segment on teaching children to pray.
MLK's words of hope 'needed more than ever'
NEWTOWN, Conn. (UMNS) - On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Rev. James Forbes told grieving residents of Newtown, Conn., that King's words of healing and nonviolence "are needed now more than ever."
New grant helps battle diseases of poverty
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Church's efforts to battle malaria and HIV in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will get a boost, thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The funding will help implement a program to reduce death and suffering from malaria and HIV, two diseases that affect millions of people in the DRC and account for billions of dollars in lost productivity in Africa.
Two Illinois pastors urge gun-violence action
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (UMNS) - Two Illinois Great Rivers Annual (regional) Conference retired pastors have written a letter ongun violence and are part of an effort aimed at legislative action to address recent shootings in the United States.
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