UMNS Briefs

September 16, 2010

UMCOR Sets Up Relief Supply Network
BALDWIN, La. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Committee on Relief has formed a relief supply network. Kathy Kraiza, executive director of UMCOR relief supplies, said the collaboration provides different places for U.S. congregations to send or drop off kits and supplies and allows the denomination to respond to disasters from depots located close to the affected areas. The network includes UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La.; UMCOR West Depot, Salt Lake City; Mission Response Center, Terrell, N.C.; Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Chatham, Ill.; Eastbrook Mission Barn, New Castle, Pa.; and the MERCI Center, Goldsboro, N.C.

Observing Sept. 21 With Prayers for Peace
GENEVA (UMNS) – The World Council of Churches is inviting Christians to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace, Sept. 21, with prayers and liturgies and special attention to peace projects in Africa. One of the African projects featured is a "Peace Village" project, initiated by the Uganda Joint Christian Council, which supports the process of healing in Ugandan communities marked by conflict, trauma and pain. More information and resources for the 2010 International Day of Prayers for Peace.
Odyssey Networks, the multifaith media coalition, is continuing a prayer campaign started last year—"A Million Minutes for Peace"—and hopes to secure a million pledges to pray for peace for one minute at noon on Sept. 21. The pledges are made at a dedicated website,
British Methodist Leader to Meet Pope
LONDON (UMNS) - The president of the Methodist Conference, the Rev. Alison Tomlin, will join other church leaders in greeting Pope Benedict XVI during his four-day state visit to the United Kingdom. Tomlin will be presented to the pope Sept. 17 at Westminster Abbey during a celebration of evening prayer with the Archbishop of Canterbury. "The Catholic Church has been more ecumenically engaged in this country than in other countries," Tomlin said. "It would be good if we could build on that." 
Correction: Bishop Mathews' Ministry in New York
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - An obituary of Bishop James K. Mathews posted Sept. 9 gave an incorrect date for his time served leading the Albany (N.Y.) Area. The obituary has been corrected to state that he was called into service from retirement in 1990, leading the newly created Albany Area in upstate New York until 1992. He later served as bishop of the New York Area starting in 1995, when its bishop went on medical leave. UMNS regrets the error.