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Love wins 2013 Boston marathon
Kimberly Grauer was in Boston on April 15 fulfilling a promise to her dad. She was among the runners stopped by police at Mile 25. "I got three medals," she says, "when I saw the faces of my mom, brother and friend that evening."... READ MORE

Bishops lifts up a city in crisis
Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey joins Bishop Sudharshana Devadhar in prayer for the city of Boston in the wake of explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line.... READ MORE
Robinson biopic a winning story 
Reviewer Bill Fentum says this big-screen biography, "is history made fresh for a new generation, and shouldn’t be missed." It's a film about two Methodists who love baseball and justice.... READ MORE.

Prayer for reconciliation in Korea
United Methodist Bishop Hee-Soo Jung has issued a letter urging “North and South Korea to negotiate directly through their government leaders to forge an agreement ending the nuclear threat in the Korean peninsula” for the sake of the world community. ... READ MORE

Mennonite Seminary approved for UMs
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary has received approval from the University Senate of The United Methodist Church to prepare pastors for ordained ministry. ... READ MORE
Connection is important for all
The Rev. Dr. Bill Dobbs, Michigan Area Assistant to the Bishop, encourages clergy and laity to take part in the life of the Annual Conference. Coming together for sessions in Grand Rapids and Adrian is "part of what makes us unique."... READ MORE 

Spring School for Adults
Portland UMC, 310 E. Bridge Street, Portland
May 6-10, 2013 ~ 9:25 a.m. - Noon
Learn about our community, religion, wellness, and technology trends all of which impact our day-to-day lives.
To register, phone (517) 647-4649 or email pumcmi@sbcglobal.net.

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Mother's Day targets malaria 
This year, on May 12, United Methodists will honor the mothers who have lost children to malaria through a special Mother’s Day campaign. Your gifts will resource 300 health posts across Africa.... READ MORE
School for Pastoral Ministry 2013
SAVE THE DATE: August 20 - 22, Kellogg Center, East Lansing
'Breaking Chains, Shattering Bondage' featuring Michigan's own the Rev. Dr. Chris Momany, and, the Rev. Rudy Rasmus of St. John's UMC in Houston, TX. ... DOWNLOAD FLYER
Tools to turbo charge VBS
Keys to making vacation Bible school exciting and even life changing.... READ MORE.

10 reasons you need a consultant 
Many local churches need outside help to see new directions. Consultants want your local church to adapt and thrive, but bring expertise and objectivity congregational members cannot. ...  READ MORE
The General Commission on Religion & Race (GCORR) job openings
Three positions open at the GCORR offices in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill:
  • The Communications Strategist will work with GCORR leaders to develop and implement a strategic communications plan for the organization that includes social media, blog writing, trainings, materials development and dissemination, webinars, and traditional media work.
  • The Training & Development Specialist will develop and implement a comprehensive training program to increase knowledge within the denomination of inter-cultural differences and competencies.
  • The Research & Data Integrity Specialist will work with GCORR leaders to develop and implement a research plan for the organization. The Research & Data Integrity Specialist will plan, coordinate, conduct and report findings from various GCORR studies.

Complete position descriptions and application process are available on the GCORR website at Employment Opportunities. Applicants should send a cover letter, a resume, a sample training design and your thoughts about GCORR’s values and vision (www.gcorr.org). All positions will be open until filled.

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