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Twitter Adds Value to General Conference Experience

2/8/2016
By Natalie Bannon* Created in 2006, Twitter gained worldwide popularity by 2012 with more than 100 million users worldwide posting 340 million tweets per day. Thousands of those tweets contained information about the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida.  Never before had United Methodists around the world been able to communicate so openly and in real time about the proceedings at this quadrennial meeting, opening dialogue between those in attendance and home observers. ...



Action Ministries to Relocate Two Offices to United Methodist Center Building

2/4/2016
The North Georgia Conference will soon welcome Action Ministries staff to 1700 Century Center. A related-agency of the Conference, Action Ministries mobilizes communities to address the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger relief, housing and education.    The organization will sub-lease the lower floor of the building which houses the United Methodist Center and Bishop's Office on the upper level.    The lower level of the building is currently empty and office space will be constructed ...

App Update: Improved North Georgia Conference App is Available

2/4/2016
The North Georgia Conference app, available free for iPhone and Android devices, has been updated and improved. If you already use the app, update for improved functunality and updates. If you haven't already downloaded the app, now is the perfect time. Search "NGUMC" in the Apple App Store or in Google Play. Be sure to allow for push notifications so you can be among the first to know important information. The app offers quick access to church, clergy, conference, and district directories, ...



Emory Receives $600,000 Grant for Youth Theological Education

2/4/2016
A $600,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will make way for a new program at Emory University geared toward connecting high school students to theology and faith. Emory’s Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) will partner with Candler School of Theology to facilitate Emory IMPACT (Immersion in Meaningful Practices of Action, Community and Theology), a four-pronged approach designed to invite a wide range of Christian high school youth to deepen their spiritual lives and embody their ...

LaGrange College Launches $21 Million Science Building Project

2/4/2016
LaGrange College announced Thursday the new construction of a 43,000-square-foot laboratory science facility to be located on the corner of Vernon Street and Park Avenue, across the street from the existing Cason J. Callaway Science Building. The $21 million project will include renovations to the current structure and is scheduled to be completed in January 2017.   Devoted entirely to laboratories, the new facility will house state-of-the-art spaces for instruction in biology, ecology, ...



New Research: United Methodist Pastors, Leaders Ahead of the Tech Game

2/4/2016
Nashville, Tenn.: United Methodist pastors and church leaders match or exceed the average U.S. technology adoption rates, according to new research from United Methodist Communications. “The purpose of the United Methodist Emerging Technology Survey was to assess penetration of new types of digital communication within the church to aid agency communications and messaging,” said Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. Krause said the study also helps the agency determine ...

North Georgia United Methodists Contribute to CEB Student Bible

2/4/2016
North Georgia Conference’s own Beth Corrie, Director of Emory University’s Youth Theological Institute, served as editor of new CEB Student Bible. This edition, published in fall of 2015, is described as “a Bible by and for young people that invites them into deeper forms of both personal holiness and social holiness, helping them make connections between the world of the Bible and their own world.” Youth ministers and biblical scholars have all come together with today’s youth in order to ...

Beth LaRocca-Pitts to preach on ‘Day 1’

1/28/2016
The Rev. Dr. Beth LaRocca-Pitts, senior pastor of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Atlanta, is the featured preacher Feb. 28 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.   LaRocca-Pitts has been senior pastor of St. Mark since 2010. She has been a member of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church since 1983. A graduate of Duke University, she earned an M.Div. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological ...



North Georgia Conference Wins Awards from Communicators Association

1/28/2016
Booklets from the Walk In It Children's Retreat The North Georgia Conference won multiple awards at the recent gathering of the United Methodist Association of Communicators in Portland, Ore., including Best in Class for Visual Design for original materials designed by staff member Ansley Brackin for the Conference's first children's retreat last fall. The feedback from judges was summed up with the line: "Extraordinarily well done." "Monday Morning in North Georgia" was honored with a second ...



On Writing and the Unexpected: Glenn Memorial UMC Offers Writing Group

1/22/2016
By Ann Rushing Writing is a great way to process so many things that we deal with in our lives. Yet, the age of digital communications, such as Twitter, Facebook and emails, and the emphasis on concise speech with bullet points and time limits reduces the benefits the written word gives us. Honestly, how much processing can one really do in 140 characters? I missed writing. I know no one stopped me from writing in a journal or keeping a diary, but I just could not seem to start. Luckily for me,...



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