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|Monday, September 24, 2012|
"An issue is controversial precisely because there are all types of thinking. Reasonable and committed Christians can make a case for every side of any issue." - The Rev. Adam Hamilton.
Advice for preaching on tough issues
LEAWOOD, Kan. (UMNS) - Controversial issues need God's light, not Hollywood or political spin. The Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, one of the denomination's largest U.S. congregations, offers tips for tackling complex moral issues without fear and without dividing a congregation.
Ebony ranks UM colleges among top schools
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Six United Methodist-related schools were among the top-ranked historically black colleges and universities included in the September issue of Ebony magazine. Making the list were Bethune-Cookman University, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Philander Smith College and Rust College.
Mississippi Conference seeks in-state VIM teams only
JACKSON, Miss. (UMNS) - Mississippi Annual (regional) Conference requests for disaster-response teams already have yielded calls from several out-of-state teams. However, Steve Casteel, conference director of communication and connection, said: "We are only in the process of preparing for in-state teams. We will let the jurisdictional offices know when we need other conferences to join us in this effort. It is a pleasure to serve such an incredible connection."
Woman shackled giving birth wins case
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The metropolitan government of Nashville and Davidson County was ordered to pay $1.1 million for three years of attorney fees and other expenses for Juana Villegas, who in 2008 was shackled to a hospital bed hours before giving birth. The Tennessean reports that U.S. District Judge William Haynes Jr. also certified Villegas' application for a special visa. The city may appeal the award. The Tennessee Annual (regional) Conference's Justice for our Neighbors has stood by Villegas since her arrest.
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