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  • Emma's Place: Hope and Home for Families by Mary Beth Coudal
    12/26/2008 Emma's Place (in St. Paul, Minnesota) believes in second chances, for which the families who live there are exceedingly grateful.
  • United Methodists Elect Bishop for Sierra Leone by Phileas Jusu*
    12/22/2008 MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS), December 22, 2008--The Rev. John K. Yambasu, 52, has been elected bishop of The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone by delegates of the denomination's West Africa Central Conference.
  • Potential Deaconesses Gather in New York for Discernment Event by Mary Beth Coudal
    05/30/2008 Despite airline delays, 17 out of 18 potential deaconesses attended the New York City Discernment Event from April 11 to 13, 2008, sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries. In Christian lingo, "to discern" means to listen to God's call or spiritual direction.
  • United Methodist Bishop Visits Mission Institution in Fort Worth, Texas by Barbara Wheeler*
    04/25/2008 Fort Worth, Texas, April 25, 2008 -- As an all-church meeting continues in Fort Worth, Texas, one bishop took time on April 24 to attend another important gathering: snack time in the after-school program at United Community Centers, Inc., a local United Methodist mission institution.
  • Mission Study on "Israel-Palestine" Is Consistent with United Methodist Policy
    02/19/2008 A comprehensive 1996 statement on Christian-Jewish relations by The United Methodist Church's legislating General Conference strongly reiterated the denomination's opposition to all forms of anti-Semitism.i Four years later, the quadrennial General Conference, which is the only entity that speaks for the whole church, urged United Methodists to observe Yom HaShoah, the annual Holocaust Memorial Day,ii and also addressed Israeli-Palestinian relations in the Middle East.
  • United Methodist Assembly 2006 Closes with a Renewed Commitment to Further Mission Work by Shanta Bryant Gyan
    05/12/2006 ANAHEIM – Four days of soul-stirring worship and workshops and exhibits on spiritual and justice issues at United Methodist Women’s Assembly came to a finale of music and praise Sunday, May 7. Nearly 7,000 women and some men then headed home from the once-every-four-year event in Anaheim, Calif., inspired to further their mission across the United States and around the world.
  • Love the One Next to Us, Peace Flourishes by Kelly C. Martini*
    03/25/2006 * Kelly Martini is communications director/information officer of the Women’s Division. This meditation is written to help United Methodist Women begin to prayerfully prepare themselves for the United Methodist Women’s Assembly, May 4-7 in Anaheim, Calif., and for the ensuing education, inspiration, and mission work of the organization.
  • Mary’s Song: My Song by L. Dorothy Edmond
    03/25/2006 United Methodist Women and United Methodist Women's Division staff joined tens of thousands in New York City and Washington on April 10 to voice concerns over the potential criminalization of undocumented immigrants and to call for comprehensive immigration reform, including paths to legalization and citizenship.
  • Praise God! God is Good! by Josephine Deere
    03/25/2006 Have groups who are critical of United Methodist Women been a factor on our giving? If so, the affect has been marginal, and it has transferred funds from the idea of undesignated giving to designated giving. The trend in churches and non-profits across the nation is that giving is decreasing and that persons have a desire to designate where their money goes. This is different than the historical understanding of undesignated gifts to mission – known to United Methodist Women and predecessor organizations for over a century. The historical understanding of “undesignated giving” is that gifts are given to mission and the gifts are dispersed to places with the greatest need. This makes us a unique organization, and we want to spread this message so that all women say, “That is an organization I want to join! Thanks be to God!”
  • A Snowy Day by Mary Baldridge
    03/25/2006 Finances, membership, and immigration were among several tough issues addressed by the Women's Division board of directors this March 30-April 3, 2006, in Stamford CT.

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