UMNS Briefs

August 04, 2010

Lutheran-United Methodist Group Meets
CHICAGO (ELCA) - A joint commission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The United Methodist Church developed a three-year plan at its inaugural meeting July 15. The commission is charged with assisting the two denominations in fostering their new full communion relationship. The commission appointed two co-chairs: the Rev. Jonathan W. Linman, assistant to the bishop for formation, ELCA Metropolitan New York Synod, and the Rev. Edgardo Colon-Emerie, professor and director of Hispanic studies, Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C.

Wogaman Named Interim Dean at Claremont
CLAREMONT, Calif. (UMNS) - The Rev. J. Philip Wogaman has been named interim vice president for academic affairs and dean at the Claremont School of Theology beginning Sept. 1. Wogaman is professor emeritus of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington and served as interim president at Iliff School of Theology in Denver from 2004-2006. "With decades of experience in United Methodist theological education, Philip will provide thoughtful leadership for our faculty and students over the next 12 months," said the Rev. Jerry D. Campbell, president of Claremont. The Rev. Susan L. Nelson had served as dean at Claremont since 2006, but resigned this summer for health reasons.
 
Mississippi Marks Katrina Anniversary With Prayer
JACKSON, Miss. (UMNS) - The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall on the Gulf Coast will fall on Aug. 29, a Sunday this year. Mississippi Area Bishop Hope Morgan Ward invites churches to pray for those affected by the hurricane. In mid-August, the Mississippi Annual (regional) Conference will post worship ideas and resources to mark the occasion at www.mississippi-umc.org. Mississippi continues to need volunteers in its recovery and disaster response efforts after tornadoes and flooding this spring.
 
Hygh Takes Mission Communications Post
NEW YORK (UMNS) - Larry R. Hygh, Jr., director of communications of the United Methodist California-Pacific Annual (regional) Conference, will become director of mission communications at the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, effective Sept. 13, succeeding the Rev. Chris Heckert. A native of Marshall, Texas, Hygh serves on the board of United Methodist Communications and, in 1998, was the first recipient of that agency's Judith L. Weidman Racial Ethnic Minority Fellowship in Communication.


Retreat Set for Exploring Ministerial Call

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - A retreat is scheduled for United Methodists exploring the possibility of full-time professional ministry. The 2010 Ministry Discernment & Formation Retreat is planned for Sept. 9-11 at the Scarritt-Bennett Conference and Retreat Center in Nashville. The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry as well as the Board of Global Ministries are sponsoring the event for those who are discerning a call to be an ordained deacon, elder, local pastor, chaplain, deaconess or home missioner. Registration costs $100. More information is available here. 


UMCOR Assists Rehab Efforts in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (UMNS) - The United Methodist Committee on Relief, the church's relief agency, is helping Grace Children's Hospital build a rehabilitation infrastructure that will provide both immediate care and the foundation for a long-term program to meet the rehabilitation needs of adults and children, including earthquake survivors, in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. The agency also will assist the hospital as it develops a professional force of rehabilitation specialists trained in physical and occupational therapies. Donations to support UMCOR's work in Haiti can be made online here.