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Indiana wins national award for passing 15 smoke-free laws

In 2006, 15 Hoosier cities and counties enacted smoke-free workplace laws, making Indiana a national leader in protection from secondhand smoke in the workplace. Indiana health groups are receiving a national award for their leadership. "We are proud to present Indiana with the ANR ...

Katrina survivors live two lives

By Sharon Dunten The survivors of Hurricane Katrina have lived two lives. One life was pre-Katrina. Another life is now post-Katrina. It is interesting to listen to the survivors about what life was like before Hurricane Katrina. Life was easier. Water came through the pipes; it was clean ...

Kefas Mavula becomes United Methodist Bishop of Nigeria

MONROVIA, Liberia (UM Newscope) - The United Methodist Church in Nigeria has a new bishop, Kefas Kane Mavula, who was elected and appointed on his 40th birthday. The March 3 election was held during a special session of the West Africa Central Conference in Monrovia, Liberia. Mavula ...

Living as Easter people

The holy season of Easter - the great 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday - calls us to live as Easter people. By contrast, sometimes we settle for just being "church people." There is really quite a difference between those two lifestyles. Easter people base their faith on ...

Local Pastor's License School to be held at Tipton in July

Laity believing to be called to ordained ministry and who have enrolled in the Candidacy Studies through the Division of Ordained Ministry are encouraged to enroll in the Indiana Area Local Pastor's License School. The school will meet July 15 to 27 at the St. Joseph Conference Center ...

Lucille Raines Residence to celebrate 30th anniversary

INDIANAPOLIS - The Lucille Raines Residence stories will be told during the agency's 30th anniversary celebration and open house on Monday, April 30 from 1 to 7:30 p.m. Special presentations about this ministry are scheduled for 2 and 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Churches and ...

Many adult ministries rooted at Epworth now in other locations

By Jean M. Brindel The Outdoor Camping Ministry continues to be the premier ministry of the North Indiana Conference; this has been the case for several generations. Through the years, many of the adult ministries that are rooted at the Epworth site near North Webster have relocated ...

March Madness advances Nothing But Nets

By United Methodist News Service Against the backdrop of college basketball's March Madness, United Methodists have rallied around the Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign by sponsoring church and conference basketball tournaments, challenges and other fundraisers. The people of The ...

Military chaplains retreat strengthens 'wounded healers'

By Hilly Hicks and Kathy L. Gilbert Oftentimes the most powerful person on the battlefield is an unarmed, praying chaplain. Military chaplains live side-by-side with soldiers. They eat, sleep and work with young men and women in dangerous and uncomfortable conditions thousands of miles ...

New book explores mission, music on global scene

NEW YORK - The centrality of song to Christian life and mission is the subject of a collection of essays just published by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. Music & Mission: Toward a Theology and Practice of Global Song was edited by the Rev. Dr. ST Kimbrough, Jr., ...

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