March 21, 2013

"I often joke that I married into Methodism, but the reality is The United Methodist Church welcomed me and helped me to live into my call." - The Rev. Roslyn Lee, a licensed local pastor in Dix Hills, N.Y.

Women making history: The Rev. Roslyn Lee

DIX HILLS, N.Y. (UMNS) - "Having experienced cultural dualism, I strive to create an open and encouraging space for all God's people," says the Rev. Roslyn Lee, a licensed local pastor. "Once we step back from the dualism, we experience freedom in the wonder of God and how God continues to lead us." Lee is one of the United Methodist women featured during Women's History Month.
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Women making history

Haiti 2013: Future seen through eyes of a 'kid'

PETIT-GOVE, Haiti (UMNS) - The people of Olivier brought their goats into the church square at the request of Gontran Delgrace, an agricultural technician who oversees the goat project funded by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, working with the Methodist Church of Haiti. The program brings much-needed income and a food source to the rural people in this small community outside of Petit-Gove.
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Haiti: The church responds

Hail hits Mississippi children's home, vehicles

CLINTON, Miss. (UMNS) A March 19 hailstorm damaged a dozen vehicles and some of the 29 buildings on the campus of Methodist Children's Homes, which serves children and youth who have been abused. Volunteers and funds for repairs are needed.
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Music minister to write 40 hymns for Lent

HAMDEN, Conn. (UMNS) - While many people are devoting more time to prayer and reflection during Lent, Eric Buggie will be spending additional hours at the piano. Buggie, music director at Hamden Plains United Methodist Church, has committed to write "40 hymns for 40 days" during Lent. The Rev. Joanne S. Utley, editor of The Vision in the New York Annual (regional) Conference, shares the story,
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Perkins dean: Don't panic about declining numbers

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (UMNS) - The Rev. William B. Lawrence, dean of Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, advised the denomination not to panic in the face of declining U.S. membership numbers. The Rev. Sheron C. Patterson, director of communications in the North Texas Annual (regional) Conference, shares the story.
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'Real ideas' for strengthening congregations

LUTZ, Fla. (UMNS) - For the seventh year, two Florida Annual (regional) Conference churches that have blossomed from dozens to thousands of worshippers and developed highly active ministries, invited others to join them in devising jumpstarts along the road to discipleship. Derek Maul of the Florida Conference shared some of their ideas.
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$110,000 awarded in Ethnic Local Church grants

WASHINGTON, (UMNS)- The board of directors of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society awarded $110,000 in Ethnic Local Church grants during its spring meeting.
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Young Clergy Initiative tops board discussion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Forming partnerships, sharing best practices and creating or supporting pilot programs to test what works are all being discussed for the $7 million Young Clergy Initiative, directors of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry learned during a presentation at their March 13-15 meeting. Vicki Brown shares the story.
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