wins two certificates of merit from United Methodist communicators


At the annual meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators, the North Georgia Conference website ( was honored with two certificates of merit - one for design and one for content.

In judges' comments they praised the site as a "storehouse of information" and for being "easy to navigate."

The meeting was held in Arlington, Va., and included an impressive line up of keynote speakers including:

  • Erin Hawkins, general secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR);
  • Diana Butler Bass, author;
  • Mike McCurry, former press secretary to President Clinton and now co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates;
  • Rev. David Hansen (retired), an expert on the time John and Charles Wesley spent in Georgia.

Michael Murphy-McCarthy, North Georgia's director of IT, was a workshop presenter, introducing communicators to an improved data-flow system between annual conferences and general agencies.

The group toured the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., the only non-governmental building on capital hill. The building is home to offices for the General Commission on Religion and Race, the General Board of Church and Society, UMCOR and UMW offices among others. It sits next door to the Supreme Court and directly across the street from the nation's capital.

They also visited Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, which has partnered with nearby Asbury UMC and Wesley Theological Seminary to develop an effective urban ministry that has attracted participants from the private sector.