UMNS Briefs

November 12, 2010

Interactive webcast to feature 'Lost in Woonsocket'

NEW YORK (UMNS) – The United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence is inviting United Methodists to participate in an interactive live webcast on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. Pacific time, on the film Lost in Woonsocket. The goal is to raise awareness and inspire congregations to respond compassionately to substance abuse in their church and community.
Participants are invited to submit questions prior to the 30-minute webcast, related to: the film, substance abuse and recovery, or congregational drug and alcohol ministries. Churches could schedule a film screening for before or following the webcast (or on another day). The webcast discussion will feature the film's director, John Chester, and one of its subjects, Normand Cartier. A Bible study resource and film highlights are available on the SPSARV website. The live webcast can be accessed at the time of the event at
Holy Land pilgrimage designed for young clergy
WASHINGTON (UMNS) – The United Methodist Board of Church and Society is organizing a 2011 pilgrimage to the Holy Land just before the beginning of the Lenten season. The trip, Feb. 23-March 5, is designed especially for young clergy, although not limited to them. "A high-quality Holy Land pilgrimage is bound to significantly impact one's ministry for years to come," said the Rev. Neal Christie, a board executive, who can be contacted for more information at   
UMCOR adds three staff in Haiti
NEW YORK (UMNS) – Juan Carlos Real is the new head of mission in Haiti for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. He has more than 10 years of related experiences in countries such as Angola, Afghanistan, Kenya, Pakistan, Somaliland, and Malawi. Also joining the UMCOR Haiti staff are Dinesh Malla and Sasiharan Luzmanan, who will both work in shelter and reconstruction. Learn more and give to UMCOR's work in Haiti.
NCC board calls for end to war in Afghanistan
NEW ORLEANS (UMNS) – The National Council of Churches Governing Board adopted a resolution on Nov. 9 calling upon President Obama to negotiate a withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan "to be completed as soon as possible without further endangerment to the lives and welfare of U.S. and NATO troops, Afghan troops, and Afghan civilians." The board also unanimously re-elected the Rev. Michael Kinnamon as the NCC's top executive for a second four -year term, beginning January 2012. The governing board meeting preceded the Centennial Ecumenical Gathering
Congo bishop receives peace award
NEW YORK (UMNS) – United Methodist Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo, Democratic Republic of Congo, was to receive the 2010 Peacemaker in Action award from the Tanenbaum organization during a Nov. 11 reception in New York. He also was scheduled to speak about his efforts to build sustainable peace in his country's Katanga province.
The bishop has helped reduce the recruitment of child soldiers by organizing care for street children; assisted internally displaced persons; created an agricultural training center; and built brick churches as a physical sign of permanence and commitment. Tanenbaum is a secular organization which promotes interreligious understanding.