September 18, 2013

"It's important to preserve the past so those who come after you have some idea where you've come from." - John Campbell, retired pastor visiting the Florida United Methodist Heritage Center.

Helping our neighbors in Colorado

BILLINGS, Mont. (UMNS) - The Yellowstone Annual (regional) Conference is asking for prayers and money for their neighbors in Colorado. "We're in the emergency phase right now and then we will be moving into the response phase in the next few weeks," said the Rev. Nancy Boswell, disaster relief coordinator for the Peaks and Plains District, Rocky Mountain Annual (regional) Conference. "That's when we'll gather people into work teams to clean up and then get people back on their feet."
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Sept. 18 call-in to Congress on poverty-focused foreign aid

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Church World Service is calling on church members to participate in a national call-in day Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 1-800-826-3688 to urge members of Congress to support hunger and poverty-focused foreign aid. That aid represents only one percent of the entire federal budget but the U.S. House of Representatives "wants to cut 25 cents from every dollar the government spends to help to our neediest neighbors," the agency says.
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Missionaries receive World Methodist Peace Award

LONDON (UMNS) - United Methodist missionaries Marion and Anita Way, known for their work in Angola and Brazil, received the 2013 World Methodist Peace Award last week in London.
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Methodist history from saddlebags to soda bottles

LAKELAND, Fla. (UMNS) - Long before projection screens told worshipers what to sing and what to say, Methodists contemplated the word of God through hand-held Bibles and hymnals of all shapes and sizes. Susan Green reports how the Florida Annual (regional) Conference is preserving its history, including the diary of an early 19th-century circuit rider.
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How do Christian ethics shape response to Syrian war?

SEATTLE (UMNS) - The Rev. Darrell Reeck, an elder in the Pacific-Northwest Annual (regional) Conference, argues that idealist rhetoric and realist threat of use of force worked together to achieve the agreement to remove chemical weapons from Syria's arsenal.
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