Video Contest Final Four Set for Viewing
The Final Four of United Methodist Women’s Assembly 2010 video contest is on, and a panel of communicators and United Methodist Women judges will select a winner. Assembly participants will get to view the winner's video during Saturday morning’s plenary. The winner will participate in an Ubuntu Explorer journey to Brazil, Mexico or Russia.
Assembly 2010 is full of firsts, including the video contest challenging United Methodist Women members to have their say on the organization’s new slogan: Faith • Hope • Love in Action. United Methodist Women members produced and posted their 30-second to 3-minute videos on that theme in organization’s online community, where viewers voted for their favorites. Four finalists were announced in February and each received an all-expense paid trip to Assembly.
The finalists are:
- Paulette “Polly” Caudle of Clemmons, N.C.
- Deaconess Ann W. Farris from West Bend, Wis.
- Chloe Heidt, 15, of Canton, Ga.
- Deaconess Becky Warnock and her son Jess Warnock of Toledo, Ohio.
The finalists used still photos and video footage to share personal mission experiences and situations that exemplified Faith • Hope • Love in Action.
Paulette Polly Caudle
Ms. Caudle’s “Faith • Hope • Love in Action” video highlights an ecumenical effort to build community with families and children of the Navajo Indian Reservation in Ganado, Ariz. For more than 10 years, churches from her area have traveled to the reservation for the program. “We teach vacation Bible school [VBS] for a week,” Ms. Caudle said, explaining that in the Navajo community, VBS includes everyone from babies to adults. “Each day we give the children a goody bag that includes a book, a toy and a candy. Our women all make the bags. The kids love it. I hope the video shows the faith, hope and love we have for the children and that they’ve given us.” Ms. Caudle is a member of Pine Grove United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., and secretary of its United Methodist Women unit.
Ann W. Farris
Ms. Farris’ “As Little Children” video shares some of what she saw during a three-week cultural immersion experience that Washington, D.C.’s Wesley Seminary required of students like Ms. Farris in 2004 and 2005. “I went to South Africa for two weeks and Zimbabwe for one week,” Ms. Farris said. “The goal was to be immersed in how music was an integral part of people’s lives during apartheid and after. It gave me a profound appreciation for how powerful music can be. I witnessed music as a social justice marker, as awakening people to what’s going on around them and helping people get through very difficult times. It changed how I perceived music. Part of my ministry is to use music to wake people up.”
Ms. Heidt videotaped footage for her “Water Walk Short” during a June 2009 youth mission trip to Tanzania, where she got a taste of what young girls and women in that country do daily to provide water for their families. “Girls in Tanzania walk four miles to get water and four miles to take it back to their homes,” Ms. Heidt explained. “We only walked back with the water; we rode there. We started out carrying the water on our heads, but we couldn’t do that. After a few minutes, we had to take it off. I don’t know how the women in Tanzania do it. It was pretty heavy – about five pounds of water in each container.” Ms. Heidt said she made the video to spread awareness about the need for access to clean water in Tanzania and many other parts of the world. She has shown her video in her local church and community. Ms. Heidt is in the ninth grade.
Becky and Jess Warnock
Ms. Warnock and her adult son, Jess, made “The Joy Southfield Health Care Center” to show how a clinic supported by local churches and volunteers is helping an economically devastated community in Detroit, Mich. “My sister is one of the center’s volunteer nurse practitioners; my mother does inventory and registration,” Ms. Warnock said. “We chose to do the video about this clinic because of them. Jess lived with my parents when he was in school in Detroit, and so a good part of his desire to do this piece was to help bring to light the situation and the determination of the people who are still in the city.”
*Yvette Moore is staff writer for Women’s Division and editor of United Methodist Women News.