|Grants to aid ethnic minority ministries|
By Kathy L. Gilbert*
May 3, 2007 | WASHINGTON (UMNS)
Ethnic minority college students working as interns in areas of mercy
and justice are part of four programs that will receive funding from The
United Methodist Church's social advocacy agency.
Minority interns gather on the steps of the
U.S. Capitol in 2003. The United Methodist Board of Church and Society
has sponsored the internship program in Washington for the past 20
years. A UMNS file photo by Vince Isner.
The United Methodist Board of Church and Society, meeting April
26-29, approved four grants totaling $104,700 to help programs serving
ethnic minorities reach their ministry goals in 2007.
The Ethnic Local Church Fund was created to help the denomination's
program boards support local church and annual conference ministries in
each board's area of focus.
Grants for 2007 are:
- The 2007 Ethnic Young Adult Summer Internship, $65,000. Fourteen
interns will live together in Washington this summer and work in
organizations addressing social justice concerns. The internship has
been sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society for
the last 20 years.
- Students and Parents for Educational Success, Academy for Life
Transformation Inc., Memorial United Methodist Church, Western North
Carolina Annual (regional) Conference, $16,700. Educational testing
based on the Standard Course of Study for grade level is the focus of
this year-long church project.
- Inter-Ethnic Leadership Development Group at 2008 General
Conference, Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group, $18,000. The
project is an effort to support racial and ethnic monitors at the 2008
United Methodist General Conference. Monitors will identify and support
legislation most critical to racial and ethnic ministries.
- Young Adult Ecumenical Forum on Environmental Justice, Young Adult
Ecumenical Forum, $5,000. The forum seeks to bring together rising
national leadership to address systemic and local causes and effects of
globalization from an ecological perspective.
*Gilbert is a United Methodist News Service news writer based in Nashville, Tenn.
News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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