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Grants to aid ethnic minority ministries

By Kathy L. Gilbert*
May 3, 2007 | WASHINGTON (UMNS)


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. 

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.

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 newsdesk@umcom.org.

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