After Being Turned Away From Church, Stephen Taylor Works to Help Churches Welcome Others Like Him

By REBECCA WALLACE   It is an expectation of the church to never turn away anyone, particularly those who are already marginalized, but that’s exactly what happened to Stephen Taylor.   Raised in the United Methodist Church, Stephen was born with profound hearing loss. At age 12, he had already experienced being segregated at school, yet had never been told he was “different.” When he entered the confirmation process at his church, however, and he was told to leave one of the first meetings.   “...

SEJ College of Bishops Shares Resolve to Name, Resist and Dismantle Racism

The SEJ College of Bishops met in Atlanta for three days. They released the following message at the close of their gathering. Witness and invitation from the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, August 17, 2017   "The things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us grace to labor for." - Thomas More, UMH, 408 Serving with you in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, we grieve the violence in Charlottesville. We renew our baptismal covenant to trust and serve ...

Rev. Eric Lee Part of Channel 2 News Special, Atlanta Unite!

Dr. Raphael Warnock, Rev. Eric Lee,and Jovita Moore Rev. Eric Lee of Roswell UMC's Chapel Roswell was part of a discussion panel for a Channel 2 News special last night, "Atlanta Unite!"  The panel, which included Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Police Chief George Turner and Al Vivian of Basic Diversity, was held at Atlanta's Center for Civil and Human Rights and was an open conversation on issues surrounding race. Lee credits Roswell UMC's senior pastor Rev. Mike Long for launching the vision for...

Dances with the Stars: Clergy Edition Embraces the Unexpected

Tonya Murphy, Alice Rogers and Denise Wilson Take Home the Night's Top Prizes Editor's Note: We received an update March 18 on the People's Choice Award. "Because of the tremendous effort of the LaGrange District on behalf of Denise Wilson, we decided to audit the votes and have discovered that the difference between Denise Wilson and Alice Rogers was fewer than 50 votes.  Therefore we have decided that this year the People's Choice Award is a tie and Alice and Denise will share the award." By ...

Food is Focus at Caring for Creation Event

The ninth annual national Caring for Creation Conference, scheduled for April 8-9 at Decatur First UMC, will focus on food, food systems and faith. The conference is designed to help United Methodists think and pray deeply about food: the way we produce it, the way we consume it, and its importance in our faith. Early-bird reduced registration continues until March 15. Learn More  

County Line UMC, Ellenwood, Establishes GED Program

Dr. Betty Jones, senior pastor of County Line UMC in Ellenwood, reports that the church's GED program has been approved and is now listed on the National Literacy Directory. The program officially began on January 13, 2016, and will run in 18-week increments. Classes are currently offered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. led by professional committed staff and dedicated church members. Registration for the program is ongoing. The GED program is “free” to students except for a ...

SEJ Native American Ministries Meeting Held in North Georgia

The North Georgia Conference hosted a meeting of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Association on Native American Ministries (SEJANAM) et on February 13 in Conyers. In a spirit of cooperation, leadership from Native American ministries across our Jurisdiction finalized the critical issues that will be topics of Awareness and Dialogue at the Lake Junaluska Summer Conference June 24-26, 2016. SEJANAM serves the 15 annual conferences of the SEJ, 23 Native American churches, three ministries of the ...

United Methodist Women Open Umbrellas to Bring Attention to Human Trafficking

On Sunday, February 5, the Super Bowl will take place at Levi's® Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Like any large sporting event, there is an increase in opportunity for human trafficking to occur. Thousands will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area to take part in Super Bowl festivities, and among the travelers will be those arriving by force, fraud, or coercion—they will not be there of their own free will but as victims of human trafficking. That's why the United Methodist Women have asked...

Asperger’s Task Force Seeks Input on Need for Resources

A group of North Georgia United Methodists interested in providing resources to families with a child with Aspberger's Syndrome asks for you to take a brief survey on the topic.  The survey is anonymous and can be found at 

Responding to Refugee Needs: In Europe and at Home

Migrants form a crowd at the Keleti pályaudvar train station Sept. 2 in Budapest while waiting passage to Germany, Austria and other wealthier countries within the European Union where the laws on refugee protection are better. Photo by Daniel Peters for United Methodist News Service. Updated 9/12/2015 The General Board of Global Ministries has shared an update and information on the ways The United Methodist Church in Europe and at the international level is responding to the migration ...

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