September 06, 2013

"A strong spiritual life expressed in social contexts is to me the essence of being Methodist." - Thomas Kemper, top executive, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

Call to support negotiations, not attacks on Syria

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - An action alert has been issued by the Peace with Justice unit of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, asking church members to call on Congress to oppose a U.S. military attack on Syria and support "vigorous peace negotiations" instead. The agency, along with United Methodist Women, also is co-sponsoring a Sept. 6 noontime peace vigil at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York. The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, top executive of the World Council of Churches, sent an open letter to the U.N. Security Council, also opposing military intervention.
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Success with child survival in Liberia

GANTA, Liberia (UMNS) - The five-year Nehnwaa Child Survival Project at Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia has served more than 150,000 Liberians, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in child mortality.
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Community health workers bring healing

Kemper: Why I choose the UMC

NEW YORK (UMNS) - In a blog, Thomas Kemper, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, talks about how Methodism prepared him for a life of social action and mission even during his childhood years in Germany.
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Training for cabinets and senior staff

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) - New district superintendents embraced their new role as chief missional strategists while directors of connectional ministries focused on how they can serve as the stewards of vision in annual (regional) conferences. Vicki Brown of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry reports on their training program.
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New Jersey plans special session

OCEAN, N.J. (UMNS) - The Greater New Jersey United Methodist Annual (regional) Conference will convene a special session Nov. 2 to take care of organizational matters and remember the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
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