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|Monday, October 8, 2012|
"They really like that there's a standard plan laid out for when you start, what you do in each session, and if you follow the plan, you know every step you need to take and when you will finish the process. And they really like the collegiality of doing it together in a group rather than feeling like you're all out there on your own." - The Rev Emily Oliver on the advantages of group mentoring for ordination candidates.
Dos and don'ts in an election season
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The U.S. Election Day is fewer than 30 days away, and some states already have opened early voting and mailing out absentee ballots. To participate in the political process and keep their tax-exempt status, churches must follow certain guidelines. A July 2012 Pew Research Center survey also found two-thirds of Americans say houses of worship should not favor one candidate over another.
Fijian Methodist faces free speech issue
TORONTO (UMNS) - The World Association of Christian Communicators Executive Committee has written an open letter to the government of Fiji expressing concern at the infringement of the right to freedom of opinion and expression by its Pacific president, the Rev. Akuila Yabaki. The Methodist clergyman has been accused of contempt of court for an article published in April.
Conferences begin adding group mentoring
LAKELAND, Fla. (UMNS) - Research has found some consistent challenges across The United Methodist Church for ordination candidates. These challenges include misunderstanding among candidates about the process, too few gifted mentors to guide candidates and inconsistency in the candidacy experience. One possible solution the Florida Annual (regional) Conference has found and other conferences are discovering: group mentoring.
Church discovers history in 100-year-old time capsule
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (UMNS) - Members of Canaan United Methodist Church opened a time capsule from the now demolished Central United Methodist Church after their Sunday service on Sept. 30. The time capsule had been placed under Central's cornerstone in 1913, the Sunday Gazette-Mail reports.
10-Fold features young people in mission
NEW YORK (UMNS) - 10-Fold, webcasts about United Methodist projects around the world supported by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief, will feature young people in mission this week. Each visitor can trigger a $1 donation from sponsors to the week's project by clicking on the BE COUNTED button.
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