General Conference 2008: UMC Expands Global Health Campaign
(UMNS) The UMC "ramped up" its commitment to fight malaria – by agreeing to enter into a capital campaign to raise $75 million to $100 million for global health.
"This is a milestone in the church's long history of caring for the poor and the whole person," said Bishop Janice Riggle Huie on May 1, in announcing the 2008 General Conference's approval of the Global Health Initiative. Agencies and boards of the church will join with the United Nations Foundation and other organizations to combat the diseases of poverty: HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
The initiative represents an expanded global partnership, Huie said. Two years ago, the UMC joined with the U.N. Foundation to form Nothing But Nets, an anti-malaria campaign to purchase and distribute insecticide-treated bed nets in
The capital campaign will provide financial support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Huie said the church will work on raising the funds "as long as it takes."
• The 700,000-member
• The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, dean of Cannon Chapel and religious life at
• General Conference elected four people to the University Senate, which determines the relationship of academic and theological institutions to the denomination. Elected to a four-year term were: Maxine Clark Beach, vice president and dean of Drew Theological School, Madison, N.J.; David L. Beckley, president of Rust College, Holly Springs, Miss.; Charlene Black, retired university president and academic vice president at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga.; and the Rev. Maxie Dunnam, former president of Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, Ky.
• All petitions advocating divestment as a peacemaking strategy in Israeli-Palestinian conflicts were rejected May 1 and 2 by General Conference delegates, as they voted on special consent calendars. April 29 General Conference did adopt a petition on the
• Four bishops and a top agency executive spoke passionately about the human cost of war April 29, calling for an end to the war in