UMNS Briefs

November 04, 2010

WCC condemns attack on church in Iraq
GENEVA, Switzerland (UMNS)—The World Council of Churches has condemned the "criminal act of terror" Oct. 31 in Baghdad, Iraq, when gunmen took hostages in the Sayidat al-Nejat church. The death toll from the hostage standoff rose to some 58 people on Nov. 1, including priests, women, children, and Iraqi security forces who conducted a raid to end the siege.

"The fellowship of the World Council of Churches is deeply troubled by the continuous suffering of Christians in Iraq and continues to stand in solidarity with all churches as they pass through turbulent and challenging times and witness to the love and peace of God in Jesus Christ even amidst hatred and aggression," said the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, the WCC's top executive. "All those responsible need to be brought to justice, and governmental authorities should take their responsibility to bring safety and security to all citizens and particularly to those in vulnerable situations."
 
Gammon Theological Seminary elects Mosley president
ATLANTA (UMNS)—The Rev. Albert D. Mosley has been elected president-dean of United Methodist-related Gammon Theological Seminary, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Bishop Alfred L. Norris Sr., who has served as interim president-dean since March. Mosley, the university chaplain at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, served as senior pastor of two churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual (regional) Conference.
 
Documentary: Faith communities must be accessible
NEW YORK (UMNS)—Making faith communities more accessible to people with disabilities is the topic of an interfaith documentary available to NBC-TV affiliates throughout the United States, beginning November 14. A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities, presented by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, features segments on people of faith with disabilities and interviews with faith leaders, including United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson. A partial list of stations planning to carry the program can be found at www.interfaithbroadcasting.com. View the trailer here.
 
Cokesbury Christmas catalogs available
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)—For those seeking religious-themed Christmas gift ideas, the November/December Cokesbury Christmas catalog is now available. Cokesbury is the retail division of the United Methodist Publishing House. It distributes its profits to Annual Conference pension boards. Catalogs are available at Cokesbury stores or can be requested by calling the Cokesbury Call Center at 800.672.1789. Or get catalog here.