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United Methodist Missionaries Receive Blessing for Service

5/15/2015
By Laura K. Wise Global Ministries This week, 13 people answered the called to serve as missionaries with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. Following three weeks of intensive training covering spiritual formation, cross-cultural awareness, team building, and conflict resolution, twelve of the thirteen new missionaries received a blessing as they prepared to live out their calling. Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., hosted the blessing service on ...



Mission u Offers Three Studies: Disabilities, Happiness, and the Caribbean, Central and South America

5/8/2015
What are the commonalities shared among our neighbors to the south in the Caribbean, Central and South America?  What is the responsibility and opportunity  of the church to people with disabilities?  What does it mean to be happy in the Lord? These questions will be explored at Mission u, the mission education event of the North Georgia Conference, which will be held July 17-18 at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.  For those who can come a day early, an optional, hands-on mission ...

An open letter to Georgia’s faith communities during National Foster Care Month

5/7/2015
Bob Bruder-Mattson, president and CEO of The United Methodist Children’s Home, wrote the following open letter to faith communities during National Foster Care Month. Find more on National Foster Care Month at www.umchildrenshome.org/foster-care-month/. Right now, in your community, there are children who need your help. Georgia has more than 10,000 youth in its child welfare system and the number continues to grow. The shortage of foster homes results in children being separated from siblings ...



Register Now for Imagine No Malaria Basketball Tournament

5/7/2015
The Athens-Elberton District will hold a 3-on-3 basketball tournament fundraiser for Imagine No Malaria on May 30 at Athens First UMC. Team from the District and beyond are invited to register for this fun day for a great cause. Players as young as fifth and sixth graders through adult teams will play in age and gender brackets. Register your team at http://athensfirstumc.org/nothingbutnets/. Details Date and Time: Saturday, May 30, 2015 8:00 a.m. Athens First United Methodist Church   ...

Mission Agency Completes Purchase of Grace UMC Property

3/27/2015
With much joy and anticipation, the General Board of Global Ministries finalized the purchase of the Grace United Methodist Church property in Atlanta last week. Following a vote by Global Ministries’ board of directors in October 2014, the United Methodist mission agency announced plans to move its headquarters from New York City to Atlanta. The move is part of an overall plan to open regional offices in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. “I am excited to be moving toward this vision,” said ...

McCord Appointed Director of the Georgia Commission on Higher Education

3/15/2015
Bishop B. Michael Watson, Bishop James King, and the Georgia Commission on Higher Education announce the appointment of Rev. Michael McCord as the next Executive Director of the Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education and Campus Ministry. The appointment will be effective in June of 2015.    McCord will follow Rev. Cindy Autry who will retire in June.    McCord is currently Director of Campus Ministry Resources and Training for the United Methodist General Board of Higher ...



‘Discipleship Ministries’ Is Agency’s New Identity

3/4/2015
Discipleship Ministries has officially become the new name of the general agency of The United Methodist Church known for years as The General Board of Discipleship, or GBOD. The name change, which includes new addresses for the website and agency personnel emails, was announced by Dr. Timothy L. Bias, General Secretary (chief executive) of Discipleship Ministries.   “The shift from General Board of Discipleship to Discipleship Ministries was an intentional decision to more clearly communicate ...



Bishop White Writes Annual 'Letter to Martin'

1/18/2015
Each year Bishop Woodie White writes a “Letter to Martin” (Martin  Luther King, Jr.) on the state of race relations and racial justice in America. Bishop White is a retired United Methodist Bishop, was an active leader in the Civil Rights movement, and continues to teach and work for racial and social justice. He is the Bishop in Residence at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta where he teaches, preaches, and works to equip future leaders of the church for the ...



United Methodist Insurance Introduces New Reinsurance Partner Effective January 1

12/19/2014
Board Pleased with UMI’s Continued Success Insuring UM Churches   Nashville, Tenn. – Chuck Hamilton, President of United Methodist Insurance (UMI) is pleased to announce that UMI has selected Swiss Re (rated A+ by A.M. Best) as its new reinsurance partner, effective January 1, 2015. Swiss Re, the world’s second-largest reinsurer and founded in 1863, operates through offices in more than 25 countries.   “The new reinsurance arrangement with Swiss Re offers to UMI the tremendous experience and ...

Georgia Interfaith Power & Light Board Names New Executive Director

12/18/2014
Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, Georgia’s only faith-based environmental nonprofit, has named Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley as Executive Director, effective January 1, 2015. GIPL engages the over 15,000 houses of worship across the state in sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship as a witness to faith. Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley, a 2006 graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and ordained Presbyterian minister, is a seasoned advocate for environmental concerns and ...



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