Communique 281 - April 15,
Baker and Emporia State students retrace the civil rights
Students affiliated with the United Methodist
campus ministries at Emporia State University and Baker University
in east Kansas spent spring break tracing the Civil Rights struggle
of the 1950s and 1960s. From Atlanta, where Martin Luther King, Jr.
first became a public figure to Central High School in Little Rock,
where forced desegregation began, and at various landmarks along the
way, the students were engrossed by countless stories of heroism and
They saw where four girls were killed by a bomb at
the 16th Avenue Church in Birmingham. In Montgomery, they visited
Dr. King’s home and his Dexter Avenue Church, headquarters of the
Montgomery bus boycott that sparked the civil rights movement after
Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat.
Read more at www.kansaseast.org/news_detail.asp?pkvalue=504.
view the related UMTV.org video, visit www.umtv.org/archives/student_civil_rights_tour.htm.
UMs encouraged to ‘share the
Evangelism was God’s idea. All need it, and Jesus
told us to do it. That’s why Methodists should be sharing their
faith, participants were told at the “Sharing Our Faith” event Feb.
28 at Lowman United Methodist Church in Topeka.
The event was led by H. Eddie Fox, world director of evangelism
for the World Methodist Council, and George E. Morris, Hankey Senior
Professor of World Methodist Evangelism. The event was sponsored by
the Kansas East Commission on Discipleship, the Kansas City District
Commission on Discipleship and the United Methodist Men of Kansas
Read more at www.kansaseast.org/news_detail.asp?PKValue=502.
UMCOR birthing kits needed
Joe and Pastor
Shirley Edgerton, General Board of Global Ministries long-term
volunteers in La Gonave, Haiti, would like to encourage members of
the Kansas East Conference to make kits available for VIM teams now
and for the Bishop’s Round-up for Hunger event in November.
On the island of Lagonav, Haiti, less than 10 percent of births
are attended by a midwife or nurse; many mothers are younger than
17; and one out of 17 mothers die from blood loss or eclamptia,
exhaustion and exposure. If the mother dies, generally the baby dies
The birthing kit, a recent item from UMCOR, provides all the
necessary clean items needed to care for the infant at birth. These
items are generally not available in remote settings.
The simple kit, contained in a gallon-size, zip-lock bag can be
given to the pregnant woman to have available in her home, where 99
percent of births take place on rags on the floor.
The kits can be made available to midwives and provide a
“training moment.” Some of the more experienced community midwives
ask at clinics for gloves and antiseptic solutions.
There are many other countries just like Haiti, where the
majority of births are unattended or perhaps only have a neighbor or
grandma to coach and catch the baby.
To help Haiti mothers, kits can be assembled and sent to Central
UMC, 1501 Massachusetts, Lawrence KS 66004. Contents of the birth
kit are available at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/birthingkit.
Early registration for NAUMF Summer Stewardship
The National Association of
United Methodist Foundations’ fourth annual Summer Stewardship
Gathering will be June 23-25, 2009, at Alamo Heights UMC in San
Antonio. The gathering will feature outstanding presenters and
resources specifically for stewardship ministry, including insights
into helping leaders to be joyful, faithful stewards in these tough
A brochure outlining the event schedule along with a separate
registration form can be found on the Kansas Area UM Foundation’s
website at http://www.kaumf.org/. “Early bird” registration
forms must be received by Thursday, April 30. Regular registrations
will be received until Monday, June 1. A special one-day
registration fee is also available.
Kansas PAUMCS members gain insight on church
The Kansas Professional Association of United
Methodist Secretaries met on March 10at Trinity United Methodist
Church in Salina, Kansas, for their semi-annual meeting and to learn
more about church safety. At the event, secretaries learned several
ways to keep themselves and their churches safe from intruders.
Church secretaries are sometimes the only one in a church building
during normal hours. Attendees also discussed the need for every
church to have a policy about what kind of help they can give to
people who come in off of the street.
PAUMCS provides continuing education and a supportive
professional network. Those interested in PAUMCS membership can
Saint Paul Laity School of Theology seminar, April
The Saint Paul Laity School of Theology is hosting
“Growing Closer to God: Some Advice from John Wesley” on Saturday,
April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The seminar will take place at Saint
Paul School of Theology, Kansas City Campus, and will be led by Dr.
Hal Knight, Professor of Wesleyan Studies at Saint
Attendees will examine Wesley's spiritual struggles,
teaching and practices as he finds himself leading a movement for
spiritual renewal to discover resources to aid their own growth in
love and faithfulness.
Cost for the event is $35.
To register on-line go to http://www.spst.edu/ or call Audrey Williams at 816
Soup-Salad-Sunday for Scholarships at camp Chippewa,
Camp Chippewa will be hosting the first annual
Soup-Salad-Sunday for camp scholarships.
All donations raised
through the event will go towards the camp scholarship fund. The
Richter Ramblers will be there to provide entertainment, and items
will be available for a silent auction.
For more information visit the event description on the
conference calendar at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2696.
Two online workshops from The Institute for
Discipleship, April 20 & May 11
“How to Become a
Disciple Online Facilitator” will be April 20 through May 1 and will
help train those interested in leading online DISCIPLE courses. The
second workshop, “Disciple Making 101” is a seven-session course
that will run May 11 through June 7.
Learn more at www.beadisciple.com/workshops.html#Disciple
Free Lecture Sponsored by Saint Paul Evangelical
Society, April 22
Dr. Estrelda Alexander, Associate
Professor of Theology at the Regent University School of Divinity at
Virginia Beach, Virginia, will present “Navigating the Landscape:
Confessions of a Black Evangelical Charismatic Feminist.” The
lecture will be Wednesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at the Kresge Chapel
on the Saint Paul School of Theology Kansas City campus.
For more information contact Dr. Hal Knight, firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Youth Ministry in an Age of IM and MySpace’ seminar,
The Interdenominational Youth Workers
Gathering will be Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, at Saint
Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. The theme for the conference
is ‘Youth Ministry in an Age of IM and MySpace.’ Keynote speaker at
the conference will be Dr. Peggy Kendall, Associate Professor of
Communication Studies at Bethel University.
For schedule and to register, go to http://www.youtheology.com/ or call Dr. Claire
Smith at 816 245-4865
Registration fee $60. CEUs are available
for this conference.
World Malaria Day, April 25
Day, April 25, is an opportunity to support Nothing But Nets, a
grassroots anti-malaria effort that allows anyone, for $10, to send
a life-saving bed net to a family in Africa. Bed nets protect
children and their families from the bites of malaria-infected
“Malaria is a crisis that is threatening many of God's children
across the globe,” said Bishop Thomas Bickerton, referring to
malaria’s rank as Africa’s leading killer of children under age
five. “Insecticide-treated mosquito nets are the most scientifically
proven way to stop its spread.”
Bickerton, chairperson of the United Methodist Church’s Global
Health Initiative, joins with the people of The UMC in urging
everyone to forgo a lunch out and to direct that $10 savings toward
the purchase of a bed net. A $10 donation covers the cost of the bed
net, its distribution and education on its use.
“We’re asking people to ‘skip a lunch, send a net, save a life,’”
New downloadable resources and a link for donations are available
Native American Awareness Sunday, April
Native American Awareness Sunday, April 26,
recognizes and supports the contributions of Native Americans to the
church and our society. The observance, approved by the 1988 General
Conference, is one of six special church-wide Sunday offerings.
Funds that are collected are split, with half going to the
general church and half staying in the conference. The funds
collected allow the United Methodist Church to partner with existing
native ministries and create programs on behalf of Native Americans.
Money collected also supports seminary scholarships for United
Methodist Native Americans.
Resources for observance of this Sunday are available at www.umcgiving.org/site/c.qwL6KkNWLrH/b.3833863/k.EC20/
For additional assistance, contact the co-chairpersons of the
Committee on Native American Ministries: Rev. Julienne Judd, email@example.com, or Rev. Don
For more information, visit the Native American ministries page
of at conference website at www.kansaseast.org/page.asp?pkvalue=834.
Two webinars offered by the Alban Institute, April 30
& May 14
The Alban Institute is offering two
webinars in the coming months, both led by Joy Skjegstad. The first,
offered on Thursday, April 30, is “Grant Search Strategies for
Churches and Nonprofits.” The second, “Starting a Nonprofit at Your
Church,” will be Thursday, May 14.
For more information on either of these webinars, visit www.alban.org/learningdetail.aspx?id=5760.
Rethink Church trainer’s training, May
The Rethink Church trainer’s training will be 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m., May 1, at Pleasant Valley UMC in Wichita. Registration
begins at 8:30 a.m.
For more information, visit the event detail on the conference
Rethink Church training, May 2
What if we
rethink church? What would it look like? What would it feel like?
What would it live like? What if we rethink church, not in terms of
what it is, but what it could be?
The Rethink Church training for the Kansas Area will be from 9
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 2 at Pleasant Valley UMC in Wichita. The
training will offer three ways to help congregations become more
actively engaged with spiritual seekers through welcoming,
connecting and identifying techniques.
Registration is $40 per
church plus $10 per person for lunch.
Find out more at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2608.
Faithfully Fit Forever leader training, May
A Faithfully Fit Forever leaders’ training session
will be May 2 from 2-5:30 p.m. at Rock Springs 4-H Center near
Junction City. Faithfully Fit Forever is a non-denominational faith
community-based exercise, devotion and health education program that
focuses on the body, mind and spirit connection.
People who want
to start or lead this program at their church are encouraged to
The training and materials are $50 and $10 for each additional
person sharing materials.
Get more information and a registration flier at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2765 or
contact Susan Harvey at 316-775-6324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living Justice Seminar, June 13-17
Living Justice Seminar Program engages young adults (ages 20-30) in
exploring new directions and issues of social justice. The 2009
event will be June 13-17 in New York City. The event is organized by
the General Board of Global Ministries Office of Deaconess and Home
The focus will be “Eradicating the Diseases of Poverty: Women,
Children and the Struggle for Wholeness.” Participants will focus on
the health of women and children in the United States and around the
world. The seminar will explore issues of maternal and infant
health, the effects of Malaria and HIV/AIDS on women and children,
and the impact of sustainable agriculture on the health of women and
children. Participants will look at the ways women and children work
collectively to improve the health and wholeness of their
communities. It will include Bible study, worship, conversation,
reflection and an introduction to the theme of global health.
All costs, including travel within the United States, lodging and
meals, will be covered by the event organizer.
Space is limited for the event and the deadline for application
is May 1. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted by May
The application and reference forms can be downloaded at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/news/events/?search=living%20justice&C=2948&I=26552,
or call 212-870-3850.
Visit the conference calendar at www.kansaseast.org/calendar.asp for