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Black History Month: Do You Recognize These Names?

2/11/2016
Photo: Bishop Leontine Kelly, who passed away in 2012 at age 92, preaches during an evening worship in College Park, Ga., in 2004. Kelly was the first African-American woman elected bishop in the United Methodist Church. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. The following excerpt is from a reflection on Black History Month by Rev. Dana Everhart, Atlanta-Emory District Superintendent, in the most recent Atlanta-Emory District e-newsletter. Read the full reflection here. By Dana Everhart Do you recognize ...



Plans Well Underway for 2016 North Georgia Conference Session

2/11/2016
Plans are well underway for the 2016 North Georgia Annual Conference session, set for June 7 through 9 at The Classic Center in Athens.  This year's annual conference is a special one as North Georgia marks its sesquicentennial (150 years) with the theme "Bound for Greater Things," based on John 14:12-14. Members and guests will celebrate the ministry of Bishop Mike Watson as he prepares to retire September 1 after eight years as bishop in the North Georgia Conference. There will be a ...



Mississippi Pastors Paid Price for Segregation Challenge

2/9/2016
Dr. Joseph T. Reiff is a clergy member of the Mississippi Conference, with North Georgia connections. He and his wife are Candler alumni, attending from 1976-1980. During that time the Reiff served as the youth minister/assistant pastor at Mt. Bethel UMC in Marietta. By Sam Hodges, UMNS On Jan. 2, 1963, 28 white Methodist pastors in Mississippi published a statement titled “Born of Conviction.” It amounted to a declaration of independence from the arch-segregationist views that seemed ...

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 ...

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