UMNS Briefs:

February 10, 2011

Conference Supports 'Caretakers of Planet Earth'
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) – More than 38 speakers - ranging from the youthful founders of "One More Generation" to the Rev. Sally Bingham, founder of the Regeneration Project, are on the agenda of the March 31-April 3 "Caring for Creation" experience at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. The conference provides biblical and theological support for developing opportunities for faith communities to be caretakers of Planet Earth. A complete list of speakers and workshops is available here.

Clergywomen Set Four Regional Consultations for 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – The first of four regional conferences for United Methodist clergywomen in 2011 is scheduled for Feb. 27 - March 2 in Lancaster, Pa.
"Having regional consultations will provide opportunities for clergywomen from both the Philippines and Africa to have their first historical gatherings," said the Rev. HiRho Park of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, which is providing seed money for each regional meeting.
Seminary Reduces Tuition for Military Chaplains' Degree
WASHINGTON (UMNS) – Wesley Theological Seminary is offering its new doctor of ministry degree program for military chaplains at half the usual tuition rate. Classes for the new "Military Chaplaincy: Religious Leadership in a Complex, Multi-faith Environment" degree will begin in early May with an application deadline of March 18. The program is designed to enhance the ability of chaplains to satisfy both the operational needs of military leaders and the religious needs of soldiers and their families.
Questions may be directed to Lew Parks at 202.885.6481 or Program details also are available by contacting the admissions office at
United Methodist Film Wins Emmy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – A short film funded by a United Methodist Board of Discipleship grant has won a regional Emmy. The Rev. Steve Horswill-Johnston, the producer-director, received the award for "Digital Diary: Christine" on Jan. 29. The Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gave the honor.
Horswill-Johnston, the board's executive director of communications and brand strategy, described the 12-minute story of a woman trying desperately to save her marriage as a "bring-brain" film. It invites "people to think, to explore and to discuss ... to unwrap Jesus' teachings and see their application in our own lives in a whole new way," he said.
The "Digital Diary: Christine" DVD and a 32-page discussion guide may be purchased through Cokesbury or ordered online at
Civil Rights Leader Publishes Book on Racial Equality
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a United Methodist who has committed his life to the fight for racial equality, has written his first book at age 89. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom endured cruel mistreatment as an activist in the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Lowery writes that he could not have made it through without his moral and religious roots.
Lowery said he wrote Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land (Abingdon Press, February 2011) because people must remain vigilant to preserve hard-won freedoms. "We must continue to witness for justice through our institutions and as individuals," he said. "We must continue to sing the Lord's song when justice is denied." He will return to the pulpit of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta on Feb. 13 to deliver a sermon and host a book signing.