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Does Your Church Have a Community Garden or Plan to Start One? Read This!

7/11/2014
In her work with UGA's Center for Urban Agriculture, Sixes UMC member Becky Griffin has seen many church-sponsored community gardens get started with good intentions, but eventually fail. If your church has a community garden or is thinking of starting one, she recommends a blog that shares resources on all things related to community gardening: http://blog.extension.uga.edu/communitygardening. Read more below.   Community Garden Blog is Excellent Resource The Center for Urban Agriculture and ...

SEJ Native American Ministries Conference Gives North Georgia CONAM Hope for Better Ministry

7/9/2014
By Ansley Brackin  Communication Specialist for The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church The Southeastern Jurisdiction Association for Native American Ministries held their conference at Lake Junaluska June 27th-29th. Roughly 140 were in attendance. The North Georgia Conference’s Teresa Angle-Young attended for her first year and, after seeing the diversity of participants, returned with new inspiration for the conference’s own CONAM. “This is not a gathering for Native ...

A prayer for the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria

5/12/2014
The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) offers the following prayer on behalf of the more than 250 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped April 14. Loving God, you created each of us in your image — girls and boys. You gave us eyes to see the beauty in each other and in all of creation. You gave us ears to hear the stories of our elders. You gave us minds to create and heal. You gave us arms to embrace and comfort each other. You gave us legs to play, dance and explore new and familiar places. You...

Native American Ministries Hosts Special Worship at Pine Log Campground

5/6/2014
Sunday, May 4th, 2014 was Native American Ministries Sunday. The day before this supportive offering, the Committee of Native American Ministries hosted its first Native American event at Pine Log Campground. Attendees gathered in Rydal, Georgia for coffee and fellowship before a unique worship service in the outdoor sanctuary. All were welcomed to witness elegantly woven prayers and rituals of Native American and Christian tradition. It was a morning of uplifting songs and educational sharing...

Refugee Organizations RRISA and RFS Announce Merger

10/15/2013
In December 2012, RRISA (Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta) began exploring the potential benefits of a merger with Refugee Family Services.  After planning, research and strategizing, made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the two non-profits have entered into a legal agreement to merge.   Inspired by the determination, courage, resilience, strength, and resourcefulness of the individuals the organizations serve, RRISA and RFS both ...

Henry-Crowe to lead UM General Board of Church & Society

7/23/2013
Will assume new role in February after 22 years at Emory WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, dean of the Chapel & Religious Life at Emory University in Atlanta, has been elected to succeed James E. Winkler as chief executive of the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church. The appointment will be effective at the February 2014 Board of Directors meeting of the agency.   GBCS is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist ...

Imagine No Malaria releases updated 'Killer in the Dark' documentary

5/6/2013
Documentary narrated by actress Pauley Perrette from top-rated TV show “NCIS” will air on NBC affiliates United Methodist Communications is releasing an updated version of the Imagine No Malaria documentary, “Killer in the Dark: An Extraordinary Effort to Combat Malaria,” in collaboration with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. The documentary, originally produced in 2011, is about The United Methodist Church’s work to help make the world malaria-free. Set to air on NBC affiliates from May...

Imagine No Malaria Launches Mother's Day Campaign

2/26/2013
(UMNS) Eighty-five to 90 percent of deaths from malaria are women and children under five. Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is launching a Mother’s Day campaign so that mothers in Africa will be able to fight malaria and nurture their children into thriving adults. The United Methodist Church operates more than 300 hospitals, clinics and health posts throughout Africa. “This health care system is vital to saving lives and overcoming this preventable disease,” ...

Church Roof Space Sought for Solar Panels

2/6/2013
Would your church be interested in serving as a host for solar panels? Small producers of solar energy are looking for roof space and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL) is hoping churches will be willing provide the space. The request comes after Georgia Power initiated a program to buy solar power from small producers. If churches agree, a ‘third party’ will install, maintain, and own a small solar projects on rooftops of church facilities. The commitment is for 20 years. The solar ...

DREAM Sabbath Toolkit available for download

9/14/2011
A free downloadable toolkit is available to congregations to who would like to participate in the DREAM Sabbath on a Sunday between Sept. 16-Oct. 9. The packet includes planning resources, sacred readings, reflections, links to videos and sample bulletin inserts. DREAM Sabbath is an opportunity for congregations to dedicate time during or around their regular weekly worship service to a conversation about the DREAM Act. The bill, “Development, Relief & Education for Alien Minors (DREAM),” gives...

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