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Special Announcement from the Sumatanga Board of Trustees


Dear Friends, During a meeting of the Board of Trustees of Camp Sumatanga, we received and accepted Lee Padgett’s resignation as Executive Director of Camp Sumatanga. As most of you know, Lee has served for the past four years in this capacity, without accepting the salary, and we are deeply appreciative for the positive contributions of his service. Our prayers are with him as he moves forward. During the same meeting, Daphane Orr, Acting Interim Manager of Camp Operations, was named Manager of...

BSC takes lead in reducing tuition “sticker shock”


Taking decisive action to reverse the trend of skyrocketing college costs, Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) will decrease its published price for tuition and mandatory fees by more than 50 percent for the 2018-19 academic year, to $17,650. Known as a “tuition reset,” Birmingham-Southern’s new pricing initiative reverts tuition and mandatory fees back to the level they were more than 15 years ago. BSC will also hold room and board charges steady at this year’s rate for 2018-19. The result is a ...

Fair Haven begins construction on new independent living homes for Birmingham seniors


The final phase of Fair Haven’s $42 million renovation and construction project expected to open in fall 2017. Over the course of the last 18 months, the team at Fair Haven, Birmingham’s largest continuing care retirement community, has been hard at work to complete a $42 million renovation and construction project. Fair Haven has opened new assisted living, rehabilitation, and long-term care accommodations, renovated existing units, and transitioned to the Household Model, all to better serve ...

North Alabama congregations invited to celebrate Sumatanga Sunday on August 13


On Sunday, August 13, 2017, North Alabama Conference congregations are invited to celebrate Sumatanga Sunday and receive a special offering for camp. There are resources you can use to celebrate the ministry of Sumatanga during worship, on the Sumatanga website at Below is the list of suggested ways he Sumatanga website offers for your congregation to participate: How can YOUR church participate? Option 1 – Show our video to your congregation on ...

New gift endows Candler School of Theology deanship


A gift from the estate of Mary Lee Hardin Willard of Gadsden, Alabama, has created a permanently funded endowment to support the position of the dean of Emory's Candler School of Theology. Emory’s Board of Trustees acknowledged the gift during its June meeting and approved naming the deanship at Candler after its honoree. Jan Love will be installed as the inaugural Mary Lee Hardin Willard Dean of Candler School of Theology during the school’s fall convocation on August 24. “It is a unique and ...

Fairhaven employs new Executive Director


Fair Haven recruits business leader with ministerial background as the faith-based nonprofit’s expansion nears completion.   On June 26, 2017, Methodist Homes of Alabama & Northwest Florida announced the hire of Daniel H. March, a licensed nursing home administrator and former minister, as the new Executive Director of Fair Haven, its oldest and largest retirement community located on Montclair Road in Birmingham. The leadership change comes as Fair Haven is just three months away from the ...

Sumatanga Trustees invite churches to support the future of Camp


To: Churches of North Alabama Conference UMC From: Board of Trustees – Camp Sumatanga   Dear Friends in Christ, For decades, Camp Sumatanga has been about the business of “Discovering, Developing, and Deploying Spiritual Leaders” throughout our conference. Many of our pulpits have been filled over the years by those who heard and clarified God’s call on their life at Camp Sumatanga. Summer Camps have served as incubators of faith for generations of Methodist leaders. Over 35,000 people have ...

BSC, Cumberland sign agreement to form joint undergraduate and law program


Students at Birmingham-Southern College will be able to complete an undergraduate degree from BSC and a law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in six years under a new program the two schools are creating. BSC and Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law have signed a memorandum of understanding to build an accelerated degree program, in which students will earn a bachelor’s from BSC and a juris doctorate from Cumberland. Participating BSC students will effectively start law school in...

Free materials now available for Methodist Homes' Fountain of Love offering


A mother’s love is as precious as a rare jewel. As we approach Mother’s Day, Methodist Homes hope that your church will celebrate that priceless love through the taking of a Mother’s Day Offering for the Fountain of Love. The Fountain of Love Fund provides financial assistance to older adults living at Fair Haven (a Methodist Home retirement community) who find that they can no longer pay for their entire care. Because of the support of the North Alabama Conference and its churches, no resident...

UMCH's third annual Steeple to Steeple Event set for April 22


The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) is pleased to announce the third Annual Steeple to Steeple Event will be Saturday, April 22, 2017. This year includes multiple ways to participate and support the ministry of UMCH. The 5K and 10K point-to-point events will begin at 8 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church and will take participants through the hearts of both Homewood and Mountain Brook before ending at Canterbury United Methodist Church. The 5K begins at Trinity UMC's Oxmoor campus ...

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