March 26, 2013

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"I'm really intrigued by the stories of women in the Old Testament, particularly ones who are kind of wild." - The Rev. Sherry Cothran Woolsey, former lead singer for The Evinrudes, now a United Methodist pastor.

The right rockin' Rev. Sherry Cothran

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - "When I was a child, I was either going to be a missionary in Africa, in a rock band or on Broadway," said the Rev. Sherry Cothran Woolsey. "The rock band won out." But after a hit song, years of touring and a busted record deal, this rocker went back to her childhood wish list, and it led her to seminary.
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Ancient traditions still influence Easter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Christians journeying through Holy Week may be surprised to learn how some Easter traditions have evolved over the centuries. Find out the origins of some Easter traditions, including the holiday's name in the Western church.
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High school senior spearheads 5K for UMCOR

URBANA, Ohio (UMNS) - Christy Finney, a busy high school senior in Urbana, is making time to organize her community for a 5K race this spring to support Hurricane Sandy survivors through the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Linda Unger has the story.
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Restoration Generation launches website

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Restoration Generation began in 2012 as a conversation among young adult leaders in the northeastern United States to discern how they could support, strengthen and empower one another in ministry. Then Hurricane Sandy struck. Now the initiative also seeks to recruit young people to help in Sandy recovery while living in intentional community. The initiative of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship has launched a new websitewith information about how to get involved in the ministry.
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African women mobilize to build peace

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) - Distanced physically from the conflicts and challenges that plague their nations, United Methodist women from Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Mozambique recently explored their roles aspeace-builders. Yvette Moore, editor of United Methodist Women's response magazine, shares what these women learned.
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Thousands of men to gather under banner of Christ

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - United Methodist leaders expect 4,000 men to attend the 11th national gathering of United Methodist Men on July 12-14 at Belmont University in Nashville. The event is titled "Inside Out for the Glory of God."
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Special session helps churches refinance mortgages

ELGIN, Ill. (UMNS) - Since the financial crisis in 2008, many banks have been unwilling to renew or refinance existing loan agreements with churches and other nonprofits. Congregations like Cornerstone United Methodist Church are dealing with highly variable, interest-only mortgages. However, the Northern Illinois Annual (regional) Conference has found a way to help churches relieve their debt that could be a model for other conferences.
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