UMNS Briefs

October 07, 2010

'10-Fold' Support Could Generate $100,000 for Mission
NEW YORK (UMNS) — Want to help raise up to $100,000 for global United Methodist mission work just by signing in online? Visit to participate. Oct. 10-19, the denomination will have a series of live Internet events to report on its work to combat poverty, disease and social injustice throughout the world. Webcasts, streaming video, online chats and discussions have been developed by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

Hunger Ministry Offers Advent Devotional
BIG ISLAND, Va. (UMNS) — Last year, donations made through the Society of St. Andrew's Advent devotional program provided more than 1.2 million servings of food to the hungry. The society, an official partner of The United Methodist Church, is hoping church members will use this year's booklet, "Preparing the Way," to prayerfully reflect on the Scriptures and join in the ministry of feeding America's hungry during the Advent season. More information is available here.
UMCOR Help Means Successful Chili Crops
LAMBEUGAK, Indonesia (UMNS) — Farmers in the village of Lambeugak in Indonesia, supported by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, have begun to harvest a second round of chili crops for sale in local markets, part of a successful income-generation project. During the first harvest, the farmers made a significant profit and repaid 50 percent of the value of the seed packets they had received from UMCOR to a community development fund, which was used to buy more seeds for the second planting. To help support this project, give to Indonesia Emergency.
A lesson with Candy: 'Reverse Trick-or-Treat'
NEW YORK (UMNS) — This Halloween, your little goblins can treat your neighbors to fair-trade chocolate while also offering them a valuable lesson in human rights and ending poverty, child labor, and environmental abuses in the cocoa industry. The United Methodist Committee on Relief; the denomination's Board of Church and Society; and Global Exchange, a fair-trade organization, invite families to participate in Reverse Trick-or-Treat by distributing fair-trade chocolate and United Methodist informational cards on fair trade. Kits must be ordered by Oct. 8. More information is available here.
Campaign Collects 12 Million Signatures to Redirect Military Spending
NEW YORK (UMNS) — United Methodists are among the young people, ages 18-35, involved in a yearlong campaign sponsored by Religions for Peace that has collected more than 12 million signatures to request the world's governments to redirect a 10 percent reduction in military spending to development work. Arms Down! Campaign for Shared Security culminated in an Oct. 4 ceremony at UN Millennium Hotel in New York. During the event, international young leaders from the world's great religious traditions presented the actions and achievements of the campaign, including collected petitions, to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and others at the United Nations.
Ecumenical Officer Joins Jerusalem Peace Statement
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Bishop Sharon Zimmerman Rader, ecumenical officer for the United Methodist Council of Bishops, was among the Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders who issued a Sept. 29 public statement supporting "a new hope" for the peace of Jerusalem. "We stand united in support of active, fair, and firm U.S. leadership for Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace," the leaders said in the statement, which was coordinated through the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East.
Church World Service Cheers Immigration-Reform Bill
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Church World Service, a partner of The United Methodist Church, has lauded Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for their introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. "This legislation offers concrete policy solutions to fix our broken immigration system," said Erol Kekic, director of the CWS Immigration and Refugee Program. "We urge all senators to co-sponsor this bill and support its enactment." The full statement is available here.
Afro-Brazilian Society Honors Del Pino
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Honors Council of the Society of Afro-Brazilian Socio-Cultural Development in Brazil is honoring the Rev. Jerome King Del Pino, top executive, United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
He will receive the Black Race Trophy 2010 in recognition of his assistance and support – together with Almir Maia of the Methodist University in Piracicaba, Brazil – in establishing Zumbi dos Palmares College, the first minority higher education institution for African Brazilians. A ceremony is planned Nov. 15 in São Paulo, Brazil.
New Leaders Named at Academy for Spiritual Formation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — A lay leader and a clergywoman have been named to lead The Upper Room's Academy for Spiritual Formation. Johnny Sears is the academy's new director, and the Rev. Im Jung is the new regional coordinator. The hires come as the academy responds to the growing need of helping Christian leaders live effective, disciplined spiritual lives in an increasingly multi-cultural, interfaith world. The Upper Room is a division of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Nearly 1,500 lay and clergy have completed the two-year academy since it began in 1983.
Dauway Remains Hospitalized in Scotland
EDINBURGH, Scotland (UMNS) — Lois Dauway, a United Methodist representative on the World Council of Churches' executive committee, remains hospitalized at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh after suffering a stroke on Sept. 15 while attending a WCC meeting there. Dauway, who retired from the Board of Global Ministries this year, is also a former executive with the board's Women's Division and the National Council of Churches. Her family has set up a blog to provide updated information about her condition.
Africa University Press Founder Dies at 85
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (UMNS) — Edward Fry, 85, a United Methodist who developed the University Press at Africa University, died Sept. 2 in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was remembered in a Sept. 18 memorial service at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church.
At age 12, Fry claimed to be the first employee of a Laguna Beach landmark, The Pottery Shack, earning 15 cents an hour. He attended seventh grade in bare feet. At Laguna Beach High, he edited the school newspaper and graduated in 1942. After serving in the Merchant Marine during World War II, he graduated from Occidental College. An expert in teaching reading, Fry taught at Makerere University in Uganda and at the University of Zimbabwe. He wrote more than 31 books and 100 articles.