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Ethnic Young Adult Summer Internship application deadline is Feb. 1


Applicants, age 18-22, will work in social justice placements in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Deadline to apply for an Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in Washington, D.C., is Feb. 1. The EYA program is for young adults, ages 18-22, who have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change. Sponsored by the Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group and administered by the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church & Society ...

Missionary-Immigration Lawyers Needed for Michigan and Tennessee


The United Methodist mission agency needs two immigration lawyers to provide legal counsel at up to three congregation-based immigration clinics in Michigan and Tennessee. The clinics are part of Justice for our Neighbors (JFON), a national network that expresses the church's concern for "sojourners in our midst." More than legal skills are required of JFON attorneys. The legal advisor needs to be counselor, activist, and missionary with a strong Christian faith. He or she would become a Church ...

United Methodist Ministry with the Marginalized gathering planned for February


The Wesleyan movement has a historic and far flung commitment to ministry.  The North Alabama and Mississippi Annual conferences have been partnering with the Susanna Wesley Society to start new churches and to explore creative ministries among the poor and the marginalized.  On Thursday, February 19, a “Bishop’s Summit on Ministry with the Marginalized,” will be held at the United Methodist Center in Birmingham from 9 a.m. until noon to discuss challenges and new directions in ministry with the...

Bishop leads conversations on Iraq war


Practicing Christian conferencing in the Wesley tradition, Bishop William H. Willimon led Conversations on the War in Iraq in three North Alabama Conference churches this month. The format of these conversations included comments by Bishop Willimon, small group discussions led by facilitators chosen in advance, a worship service, and prayers offered by all participants. In his opening statement, Bishop Willimon said that thinking about war is a challenge to Christians. Referencing Matthew ...

Birmingham-Southern student chosen to attend poverty seminar at General Board of Global Ministries


Birmingham-Southern College student Haley Mills, a Spanish major from Fayette, has been selected as one of 15 young adults from across the U.S. to attend the 2008 Living Justice seminar of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in New York, N.Y. Mills, who will be a junior at BSC in the fall, will attend the conference from June 28-July 2 in New York City.  The purpose of the four-day seminar program, organized by the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner of the ...

Churches invited to help with Employee Appreciation Day at St. Clair Correctional Facility


It was only twenty-five short years ago that staff began being assigned to the St. Clair Correctional Facility.  To commemorate this event, the administration of the facility is supporting an Employee Appreciation day.  Churches can help with this event and be in ministry with these dedicated employees. The plan is to have a cook-out in the park across from the institutional parking lot on Friday, May 23, 2008 beginning at 10 a.m.  If you or your church or ministry would be able to donate food ...

Canterbury UMC reaches out to greater Birmingham area with forum on faith and society


Four Birmingham area leading ministers met at Canterbury United Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon, April 13, to share their diverse views on a wide variety of social issues at a two-hour public forum entitled "The Intersection of Faith & Society." An audience of approximately 300 from throughout the Birmingham area attended the event as panel moderator Dr. Neal Berte (President Emeritus, Birmingham Southern College) directed questions to four of the areas leading clergy: The Very Reverend ...

Dead Man Walking author shares her story during Birmingham visit speaking on "Questioning the Death Penalty"


On Monday, March 31, 2008, Sister Helen Prejean, best known for her best selling book and the award-winning movie Dead Man Walking, came to Birmingham to speak on "Questioning the Death Penalty." She presented the second annual Bishop's Faith and Ethics Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College. This annual lecture series, which began last year, was established and endowed by Bishop William Willimon and his wife, Patsy Willimon. She spoke again at another public event that evening at Highlands ...

Canterbury UMC to host Forum on the Intersection of Church and Society


Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions?  What should be the relationship between State and Church in a democratic society like ours?  Should the church address specific laws dealing with justice issues, or deal only with the general principles such as: segregation should be abolished, poverty should be alleviated, all children should have adequate health care?  How can the church avoid seeming to be partisan when it takes a stand on a societal issue supported by one political ...

Dead Man Walking author to visit Birmingham and speak on "Questioning the Death Penalty"


On Monday, March 31, 2008, Sister Helen Prejean, a tireless advocate against the death penalty best known for her best selling book and the award-winning movie Dead Man Walking, will visit Birmingham to speak on “Questioning the Death Penalty.” She will present the Bishop’s Faith and Ethics Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College at 4 p.m.  This annual lecture series, which began last year, was established and endowed by Bishop William Willimon and his wife, Patsy Willimon. The lecture is open to...

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