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Louisiana bishop urges support of UMCOR appeal

10/10/2003 News media contact: Linda Green · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn

This 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.

When 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.

"Louisiana is 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 States.

"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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