Louisiana bishop urges support of UMCOR appeal
10/10/2003 News media contact: Linda Green · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn
report may be used as a sidebar to UMNS #485. A head-and-shoulders
photo of Bishop William Hutchinson is available at
A UMNS Report
By Linda Green*
United Methodists can respond to God's call for faithfulness by opening their wallets, says Louisiana Bishop William Hutchinson.
Hurricanes Isidore and Lilly ravaged his state last year, United
Methodists cared for their brothers and sisters through the
denomination's relief agency. In fact, the United Methodist Committee on
Relief continues to assist people in the state.
still recovering," he says. "This is the one-year anniversary of Lilly's
coming ashore, and there is still a great deal of work and cleanup that
has to be done."
Hutchinson is encouraging United Methodists in
the state and throughout the denomination to participate in UMCOR's Oct.
19 appeal to benefit disaster response and recovery in the United
"One of the great ways we respond to God is by the use of
our resources," he says. "We have been taught through Scripture and
through Jesus' teaching and Old Testament teaching that the use of our
resources is one way that we demonstrate our faith. The more we are able
to put our resources to work for the needs of the world, the more I
think we respond to God."
UMCOR helps put faith into action, and
it also puts concern for people on the front burner, he says. Without
the agency, the church would fall short in meeting its mandate of caring
for those in need, he says.
"I believe that the gospel leads us
to care for people in all of their states of need, and without UMCOR
there would be a lot of things that we could not address."
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*Green is a United Methodist News Service news writer.
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