UMNS Briefs

March 10, 2011

Malawi Youth Offer Lenten Devotional
BLANTYRE, Malawi (UMNS) – More than 30 United Methodist youth from across the country have produced a Lenten Devotional. The devotional is being published by the Malawi United Methodist Publications Committee. Malawi United Methodists suggest donations of $5 from individuals and $100 from churches or groups for the devotionals.

Donations may be made by check to The Advance GCFA, the denomination's designated-giving program, at P.O. Box 9068 / GPO, New York, NY 10087-9068. The Advance number is 00203 – Malawi. Donations also can be made online here.
Student Organization Begins Water-Justice Campaign
GENEVA, Switzerland (UMNS) – The World Student Christian Federation is launching a global campaign on water justice on March 22, which is World Water Day and the Universal Day of Prayer for Students. The federation has challenged student Christian movements worldwide to join the campaign.
"As Christians, we know that water is a powerful symbol of our thirst for justice, of the power of the Holy Spirit, and of the wellspring of life in Jesus Christ. As student activists, we see that – due to human action – water scarcity, water pollution, and water commercialization and privatization are serious threats to the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized, our fellow people of Earth with whom we are called to walk in solidarity."
The two-year campaign will intertwine with the 2011 and 2012 advocacy themes for the World Student Christian Federation of Overcoming Violence and Economic Justice. Apply as a volunteer to the water justice taskforce (email at Find more information here.
'Worship & Song' Blends Old, New Tunes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – From the rousing "Jesus, Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child" to the prayerful "Open the Eyes of My Heart," the newly released "Worship & Song" collection offers something for just about everyone.
Immigration Task Force Meets in Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C. (UMNS) – Members of the United Methodist Interagency Task Force on Immigration met March 4 in Washington, D.C., led by Phoenix Area Bishop Minerva Carcaño and Iowa Area Bishop Julius Trimble. Some of the group attended a White House meeting and visited Senate and House offices to discuss needed changes in detention and deportation policies.
Alert: Bishop Warns of Fraudulent Facebook Page
NEW YORK (UMNS) – New York Area Bishop Jeremiah Park warns that the Facebook page bearing his name is a fake. Several pastors have received an email from what appears to be "Bishop Jeremiah Park's Facebook page," which states that the bishop is willing to lead a revival service and asks money for the travel expenses. Someone else set up the page using the bishop's name and pictures. An investigation is in progress. Anyone receiving such an email should not send money.
NCC Head Denounces Islam Hearings
NEW YORK (UMNS) – The head of the National Council of Churches, Michael Kinnamon, was among the speakers at a March 6 rally in Times Square opposing congressional hearings on Islam being held by U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-NY.
Although King has denied that his inquiries into Islam are "anti-Muslim," others believe that American Muslims are the targets of bigotry in the name of national security. "Today, millions of Muslim Americans are subjected to thoughtless generalizations, open discrimination, and outright hostility because of a tiny minority whose acts of violence deny the teachings of the Quran and are denounced by other Muslims," Kinnamon declared.