August 2012

Labor Day, with Tomatoes and Justice For All

God of shop and marketplace, of farm and studio, Of factory and shipping lane, of school and busy home: Bless the produce of our hands. Redeem our work for Kingdom-use. By Your grace, our efforts stand, all offered up to You. There in Eden, You proclaimed that we should work... read more»

Posted by Rev. Andy Oliver, Florida Conference United Methodist Elder on August 31, 2012

Prevention, Wellness, and Childhood Obesity

Focusing on public health, prevention, and wellness guest speakers Barbara Baylor, Andrew Hysell, and Vinny DeMarco energized participants to promote preventative care in their communities. A need to focus on prevention. Barbara Balyor, health advocate and minister of Healthcare Justice for the United Church of Christ, highlighted the importance of... read more»

Posted by Cynthia Johnson-Oliver on August 28, 2012

This is not the time to think we’ve solved the problem

We are in a period, unfortunately, of great apathy about alcohol. Pamela Erickson Pamela Erickson, United Methodist from the Desert Southwest and President/CEO of Public Action Management, PLC, was the featured speaker for the August 21 national call on addictions. Pamela raised concern over the growing apathy towards alcohol consumption... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on August 28, 2012

National Call-In Day for Trafficking Victims

Call Your Senator on September 4! The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) has still not been reauthorized! Call your Senators and tell them to pass the TVPRA and to help maintain United States leadership in the fight against modern-day slavery by defending the programs that serve the most vulnerable among... read more»

Posted by Joe Kim on August 27, 2012

National Call Connects Work on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking

Over 50 individuals representing 21 states participated in the first GBCS National Conference Call for local campaigns to combat Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking on July 11th. The call was the first such call aimed at sharing best practices and networking UMC folks who care about these issues. Leaders from Virginia, Louisiana,... read more»

Posted by Erica Johnson on August 20, 2012

Free Beer and American Prisons

“Free Beer” was the title of a lecture given last week by Dr. Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at Duke University, at the Chautauqua Institute.  The title, itself, caught people’s attention, especially at Chautauqua, a training center established in the 1870’s with wide... read more»

Posted by Clayton Childers on August 17, 2012

Organizing to END domestic violence in the Desert Southwest

As the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is stalled in its reauthorization vote, ten women gathered in Las Vegas in Julyto take part in a powerful training to help build a UMC campaign to end domestic violence. Getty Images Leaders in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference (DSWAC) came together to... read more»

Posted by Erica Johnson on August 16, 2012

Alcohol: A public health issue

[Alcohol consumption is] a public health issue first and foremost as it devastates too many communities. Diane Riibe, Executive Director of Project Extra Mile During the July 17 National Addicitons Call, Diane informed us of the great work she continues in Nebraska. Diane is a dynamic national leader focused on legislative... read more»

Posted by Dotti Groover-Skipper on August 09, 2012

General Board of Church & Society announces 2013-2016 Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2013-2016 Board of Directors for the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has been announced. GBCS is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on August 09, 2012

Paparella to direct Women’s Advocacy

West Michigan Conference provisional elder expected to expand grassroots organizing efforts WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Rev. Amee Paparella, a provisional elder in the West Michigan Conference, has been hired as Director & Organizer for Women’s Advocacy at the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). Beginning Aug. 27,... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on August 07, 2012

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