Cal-Nev District Lay Leader Elected President of National Caucus

July 27, 2009

Group throws support to Philippines chief justice


DALLAS (UMNS) - Solidarity with missionaries and support for an embattled court justice in the Philippines were on the agenda at the recent biennial convocation of the National Association of Filipino American United Methodists, held at Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church in Dallas.


Some 200 adult and youth delegates from 17 states, the Philippines, and Canada approved resolutions to be in solidarity with former missionaries who are experiencing benefit cuts at the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, and to support Philippines Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno, a United Methodist, who is under heavy criticism by the current administration for his moral crusade.


The convocation also elected Ruby Bago, a layperson from Fresno, California, president for 2009-2011. Bago is a member of Fresno Christian Fellowship and serves as lay leader for the Fresno District of the California-Nevada Annual Conference. A certified lay speaker, she also serves on the Fresno Committee on Superintendency and as an alternate member to Annual Conference Session.


Bago is the first woman to be elected president of NAFAUM.


The other elected officers include the Rev. Reuel Talapian of Oak Park, Illinois, vice president; Helen Requilman of Chicago, secretary; and Susan De Guzman of Chesapeake, Virginia, treasurer.


In other action, the caucus affirmed the initiatives of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference to reach out to Filipino United Methodists in Canada.