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UMCOR Grants to Boost Hurricane Relief Efforts

The United Methodist response to the devastating 2017 hurricane season is getting a boost through new grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

 

During their Oct. 12-14 meeting, directors of the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR approved more than $7 million in grants for hurricane and other disaster-relief work and $1.86 million for global health projects.

 

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UM Bishops Urge Congress to Pass 'Clean Dream Act'

United Methodist bishops are urging the United States Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act that would allow undocumented young people the opportunity to work, receive an education and serve in the U.S. military. In a statement released today, the bishops said they are praying and urging action for the young people affected by the U.S. government's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The young immigrants, also known as Dreamers, had an October 5 deadline to renew their permits one last time.

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Is God Calling You into Mission Locally or Globally?

Years ago, laity began a movement of mutual mission around the globe called United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM). Today, we continue the work of missional partnership with locations where we are invited to serve and with people we call sisters and brothers. UMVIM trainings prepare Mission Team Leaders and Spiritual Guides to lead teams of people called to serve in mission.

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Ten Suggestions for Preaching After a Catastrophe

Preaching takes the time and occasion seriously. The preacher exercises a public ministry; it is expected that the sermon will address common crises, desolation, and grief with the Word of God. Catastrophes come in all sizes; some, like the burning of a church or the wreck of a church-school bus, are local and have a direct impact on the congregation; others, like war or the assassination of a president are national or global.

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Churches Shelter Many as Harvey Damage Spreads

With his rapidly flooding town needing an emergency shelter, the Rev. John Mooney of First United Methodist in Vidor, Texas, opened the church gym on the evening of Aug. 29.When that quickly filled, he kept going. “We had to open up the sanctuary and put them on the pews and everything,” Mooney said. “We’ve got about 150 people here, all walks of life, babies, toddlers. We’re depending on church members and the community for food. We don’t have any power.”

 

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25 Ways to Affirm Diversity

Several years ago, my predominantly white congregation, if not dying, definitely was starting to lose consciousness. However, things began to turn around as church staff and leaders recognized the changing community — predominantly Hispanic and working poor — and decided to be intentional about embracing change. While we're not a standing-room-only congregation yet, we're thriving. Here are some ideas that might help your church as well.

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Hundreds Dead, Missing in Sierra Leone Mudslides, Flooding

United Methodists — including entire families — are among the hundreds killed after torrential rains caused deadly mudslides and flooding near Freetown.

Capt. John Jimmy and his wife and four children, members of Price Memorial United Methodist Church, were buried under rubble in a mudslide, a relative told United Methodist News Service. Jimmy, a military officer, was the son of the late Rev. Edward Jimmy, a United Methodist worker and clergyman.

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