October 15, 2013

"Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in Anchorage, and faith communities have a critical role in responding to victims and their children and ensuring that the church is a true sanctuary of non-judgment and safety." - Suzi Pearson, executive director of Abused Women's Aid in Crisis, Anchorage, Alaska.

Anchorage church 'sheds light' on abuse

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States, and three women perish at the hands of abusers daily. First United Methodist Church Anchorage is showing people of faith what they can do.
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'Faithful Filibuster' addresses government shutdown

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Religious leaders have been standing across from the U.S. Capitol this week in front of the United Methodist Building to read the more than 2,000 verses of Holy Scripture charging humanity to care for hungry and poor. This "Faithful Filibuster" began Oct. 9. Sponsors said it will continue at the beginning of each day's session of Congress. The United Methodist Board of Church and Society, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, the Salvation Army, Bread for the World and Sojourners are among the participants.
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Migration challenged as development tool

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Migrants are human beings who cannot be reduced to mere commodities to be traded and exchanged in the global market. This declaration was in a 17-point advocacy paper from about 100 representatives of some 60 churches, ecumenical groups and migrant organizations from around the world. The Rev. Liberato Bautista, who directs the United Methodist Board of Church and Society's U.N. and International Affairs office, has the story.
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Churches witnessing with migrants

Couple accused of stealing $444,000 from church

MANLIUS, N.Y. (UMNS) - A former treasurer of the United Methodist Church of Manlius and her husband have been indicted on charges of embezzling $444,000 from the church. Syracuse.com reported church officials said the endowment of the church - much of it from people who left the money in their wills - was wiped out.
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History of Hymns: 'Be Still, My Soul'

DALLAS (UMNS) - C. Michael Hawn writes about the well-known, stirring hymn, "Be Still, My Soul," explaining how it resulted from the work of four people in three countries over three centuries. Hawn's History of Hymns, a weekly column, is a joint effort with the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
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