Archives for October 2014

Mission team witnesses miracle of children hearing for the first time

During the week of Oct. 6, a six-member Hope of Hearing mission team tested 351 children and fit 97 with hearing aids.

Mission Agency will match $1 million on UMC #GivingTuesday

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries announced that on Dec. 2, 2014, it will match up to $1 million in gifts made online to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday.

Orphans abandoned, shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis

“I went to my relatives after my mother died, but they chased me away, even after I told them that I didn’t have Ebola,” said Frank, 12, who tested negative for Ebola at the hospital where his mother died.

Mark Driscoll resigns from Mars Hill Church

Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who has been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego that alienated his most devoted followers, resigned from his Seattle church Tuesday (Oct. 14), according to a document obtained by RNS.

GCFA Board of Directors Elect Two New Members

The board of directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) elected two new members for the remainder of the 2013 – 2016 quadrennium.

Music or dance ensembles sought for General Conference

United Methodist choirs and worship ensemble groups from around the world may now audition online for an invitation to perform at the 2016 General Conference.

Stanley Hauerwas drops out of General Theological Seminary lecture series after controversy

Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has declined a series of lectures he was scheduled to give at New York’s General Theological Seminary in November in the wake of the crisis roiling the school.

Recently Read: Students ask Harvard to cut ties with Teach for America

Citing concerns about undue corporate influence, Harvard students request that President Faust end the institution’s relationship with Teach for America.

The World is Still our Parish

It is a cliché, at best, to say that The United Methodist Church faces a time of crisis. A great part of our difficulty revolves around institutional identity and how we should relate to the surrounding culture.

United Methodist agency to reshape Its global mission and ministries

The United Methodist Church’s global mission agency will create a network of offices around the world linked and accountable to headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, beginning in late 2016.