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Bible Study: What We Can Learn from Daniel by Marva Usher-Kerr
12/09/2013 Daniel is well-known in the scriptures as the leader of a group of young slaves including Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah and himself. His tale is one used over and over to teach young children about faith and strength. If Daniel and his friends lived in this day and time, they would be considered trafficked persons.
Women Face Challenges of South Sudan by Paul Jeffrey
12/01/2013 response senior correspondent Paul Jeffrey gave readers an intimate look at several aspects of life in Sudan, including the Darfur region and the new nation of South Sudan when the area was the focus of United Methodist Women’s geographic mission study in 2009 and 2010. Since then, he has continued to visit the region to report on its progress and its humanitarian crises. This month Mr. Jeffrey introduces us to three women whose very different lives reflect some of the region’s current challenges
Forever Called by Richard Lord
12/01/2013 Passion is the overriding energy that flows from the Brooks-Howell Home, a United Methodist Women-owned facility in Asheville, N.C., for retired United Methodist missionaries and deaconesses. The more than 100 residents are relieved of the responsibilities and schedules of employment but never from their Christian vocation of service.
Climate Change and the Church by David Orr
11/19/2013 We have it on high authority that we were given a choice between life and death; and that we were asked to choose life. Without being overly dramatic or pessimistic, no one looking at the environmental trends could say we have chosen life. So, I want to talk about climate change, the issue of our time, and our obligation as a church. I don’t want to get into all the science, but as church members and as followers of Christ, as people who profess to care for the creation, we have to understand how the creation works and how human actions affect the creation. We’ve got to understand enough earth system science to counter those who seek to confuse the issue.
Meet the United Methodist Women of Cameroon! by Rev. Nkemba Ndjungu
11/15/2013 United Methodist Women are always dynamic, and members in Cameroon are no different. The women of Cameroon are organizing seminars, developing income generating projects and providing scholarships to help ensure that women are equipped to lead, and are empowered to implement lasting change.
Losing One Family and Finding Another: The Story of a Scholarship Student from Africa
11/15/2013 I am from Nimba County in Liberia. I am only 27 years old, but in my lifetime I have lost my parents and two siblings, lived through two wars, roamed three countries as a refugee/displaced person, and slept in streets, parking stations, market places and church yards while struggling to survive.
GenerationNext Earth Advocates by Jennifer McCallum
10/29/2013 United Methodist Women and the Scranton Center for Women’s Leadership of Seoul, Korea, joined with the Wesley Center of Japan to train a new generation of leaders for environmental justice in Tokyo, Feb. 17-23.
Cookson Hills: Where God Changes People by Paul Jeffrey
10/29/2013 When Laurie Rowell started abusing drugs, she knew it was time to quit her job as a nurse. She didn’t want to go to work while high and put her patients’ lives at risk, but quitting work just gave her more time to use drugs. Her life went downhill fast, and soon she was arrested on drug charges.
Responsively Yours: The Double Bind by Harriett Jane Olson
10/29/2013 The Video Music Awards show is not usually on my radar, and this year was no exception even with it in Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center—at least it wasn’t before my Facebook and Twitter feeds blew up with negative comments about one artist’s performance. Criticism of the female performer was fast and vicious. Perhaps it was deserved; I don’t know, I still haven’t watched the video. However, after several days of commentary, I realized a male entertainer was also involved in the performance.
Cordialmente Suya: Dilema Doble by /por Harriett Jane Olson
10/24/2013 El programa televisivo de los Premios de Videos Musicales no suele estar en mi radar de intereses y este año no fue la excepción, ni siquiera por que se celebró en el nuevo Centro Barclay en Brooklyn --por lo menos no lo fue hasta que mi Facebook y Twitter explotó con comentarios negativos acerca de la actuación de una de las artistas. La crítica de la intérprete femenina fue rápida y viciosa. Quizás se lo merecía, no lo sé, ya que todavía no he visto el video. Sin embargo, después de varios días de comentarios, me di cuenta que un artista masculino también había participado en la actuación.
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