UMNS Briefs

December 02, 2010

Offering Taken for Global AIDS Fund
NEW YORK, N.Y. (UMNS) | Churches are encouraged to collect special offerings for the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund on Dec. 5. The fund supports education, prevention, and care and treatment programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. An estimated 33 million people live with HIV worldwide and women account for half of all HIV infections. Twenty-two million people live with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa – 67 percent of all people living with HIV. Contributions to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund can be made here.

Global Fund Expands Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
GENEVA (UMNS) | The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria – a partner of The United Methodist Church – has expanded its reach to people touched by these diseases. The Global Fund announced Dec. 1 that the programs it financially supports have provided antiretroviral treatment to 3 million HIV/AIDS patients, a 20 percent increase over last year; tuberculosis treatment for 7.7 million people, a 28 percent rise; and have distributed 160 million insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria, a 53 percent jump. The Global Fund is a global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
 
Former Head of Mission Giving Program Dies at 68
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UMNS) | The Rev. William T. Carter, 68, who led the designated mission-giving program of The United Methodist Church for 27 years, died Nov. 22 at a Little Rock hospital after a long illness. Carter, who retired in 2006, was known throughout the denomination for his leadership of the Advance, a fund development unit of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. "William T. Carter left an indelible professional legacy at the board and in the annals of The United Methodist Church," said Thomas Kemper, the agency's chief executive. "Personally, Bill touched many hearts and souls in his years as pastor and as leader of the Advance."
 
Cuban Church Leaders Call for End to Travel Ban
WASHINGTON (UMNS) | Religious leaders in the United States and Cuba are hopeful that U.S.-imposed restrictions on religious travel and financial transfers soon will be eased by the Obama administration. In a Nov. 15-16 visit, a delegation of Protestant leaders from the Cuban Council of Churches – including the Rev. Humberto Fuentes, a Methodist pastor – pressed their concerns about the inhibiting effects of the travel restrictions and financial transfers in meetings with officials of the U.S. Department of State and the National Security Council.