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Patrick Friday to take General Board of Global Ministries staff position in January


 North Alabama’s Director of Mission and Advocacy Rev. Patrick Friday has been named the new Director of Special Mission Initiatives at the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM). Rev. Friday will assume his new role in January 2007.   One of the areas this new position will focus on is Evangelism and Church Growth in Eastern Europe where Patrick has spent years working with Methodist Churches.  Additional geographical areas he will focus on are Asia, Africa and South America.   "I am gratful...

Earthquake in Indonesia: UMCOR's Response


New York, May 30, 2006-The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with partner agencies to provide immediate relief and assistance following a major earthquake that shook the city of Yogykarta and surrounding areas in the early morning hours of May 27. The tremor took more than 5,000 lives and left over 200,000 people homeless in a highly-populated area on the Indonesian island of Java.   “We are deeply saddened by this latest disaster to strike Indonesia, a nation that has ...

United Methodist Mission Agency Issues Call for New Missionaries


Stamford, CT, April 3, 2006—The United Methodist Church needs at least 20 new international missionaries over two years. A recruitment effort—“The Next Missionary May be YOU”—was launched here at the semi-annual meeting of the directors of the General Board of Global Ministries. “We are extremely pleased to be able to again actively recruit missionaries for international service,” said the Rev. R. Randy Day, chief executive of the international mission agency. Dramatic revenue shortfalls, ...

United Methodists Pushing Power of Prayer in TV Commercial


New Ad Campaign Kicks Off March 29 NASHVILLE – A brand new television campaign by The United Methodist Church encourages people to “believe again” in the power of prayer. The denomination will launch a $1.7 million national advertising purchase on March 29 which continues through April 15.  An additional $750,000 will be spent on local campaigns utilizing a variety of advertising mediums. In the television spot, a boy carefully writes a note on a piece of paper, then grabs a kite and heads ...

Tampa, not Richmond, to host 2012 General Conference


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly won't be meeting in Richmond, Va., in 2012, as announced last fall, but will convene in Tampa, Fla., instead. In making the change, the United Methodist Commission on the General Conference cited a church policy regarding meeting in cities that are home to professional sports teams with Native American names. The 2012 General Conference will be held April 25 to May 4 in the 600,000-square-foot Tampa Convention ...

Record Giving by United Methodists


Nashville, TN-- United Methodists gave more generously than ever before, surpassing the previous years total giving by more than 50%. This assessment of 2005 giving was reported today by Sandra K. Lackore, general secretary and treasurer of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church.   Lackore stated, In a year that brought much natural devastation to so many of our local congregations around the globe, we have a great deal to celebrate. We celebrate ...

United Methodist Women launching online communities


by Julia R. Tulloch and Jorge R. Obando* United Methodist Women has always been at the forefront of innovation and the use of technology. This year is no exception! The October 2005 Board of Directors meeting authorized the Women's Division to launch the first, official UMW Online Community. The primary purpose is to enhance the ways our members communicate with each other. By harnessing the power of new technologies, it will be possible for women around the world to participate in online Bible...

Bishops announce ratification of constitutional amendments


WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced that all eight amendments to the church's constitution passed by the 2004 General Conference have been ratified by the annual conferences.  The new amendments are effective immediately, the council said. The process for amending the Constitution of the United Methodist Church requires a two-thirds majority vote of delegates to the General Conference, the denomination's top lawmaking assembly. Annual (regional) conferences ...

Church marks 50th anniversary of full clergy rights for women


A UMNS Feature by Vicki Brown* On May 4, 1956, in Minneapolis, the General Conference of the Methodist Church approved full clergy rights for women. Half a century later, the fruits of that action are the nearly 12,000 United Methodist clergywomen who serve the church at every level, from bishops to local pastors. A yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary includes worship services, books celebrating the lives of pioneering clergywomen and writings of other clergywomen, special ...

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