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News from the Virginia Conference – Sept. 24, 2010

Conference commission passes resolution opposing use of ‘N’ word
The new Virginia Conference Commission on Ethnic Minority Concerns and Advocacy (CEMCA) unanimously adopted a resolution from Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) responding to recent discussions in the United States media on the use of the “N” word. The resolution opposes the use of this word in any context. Click here for the full text of the resolution.

Reverse Trick-or-Treating helps educate need for Fair Trade chocolate
Reverse Trick-or-Treating gives thousands of school children (and high school/college students and adults) the opportunity to treat neighbors with Fair Trade chocolate while educating them about how they can help end poverty, promote human rights, end child labor and increase awareness of environmental abuses in the cocoa industry. Fair Trade chocolate is attached to a card with information about social and environmental problems in the cocoa industry and how buying Fair Trade certified chocolate provides a solution. Click here for more information or to request kits. Click here to watch the Reverse Trick-or-Treating video.

Applications due for projects to be Conference Advance Specials
It is the time of year for mission projects within the Virginia Conference to apply for consideration to become Conference Advance Specials. Go to to download an application. Completed applications are due to the Mission and Global Justice office by Oct. 29. Existing 2010-2011 Conference Advance Special projects do not need to complete a full application, but information on page 1 should be updated and financial information on pages 2 and 3 must be submitted. For more information, contact the Mission and Global Justice office at or (804) 521-1144.

Conference seeks executive secretary for Ministerial Services office
The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, with headquarters in Glen Allen, is accepting applications for the position of Executive Secretary in the Office of Ministerial Services. For details, visit the Virginia Conference Web site at

World Communion Sunday is Oct. 3
Sunday, Oct. 3, is World Communion Sunday. The World Communion Scholarship, which provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic-minority students and international students on both undergraduate and graduate levels, is funded through the special offering on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of October. Click here for more information.

Oct. 5 is National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness
National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness Recovery and Understanding is Tuesday, Oct. 5. Prayers and actions of both faith communities and secular organizations are needed to restore mental wellness in America. Click here for more information and resources.

Children’s Sabbaths scheduled for Oct. 8-10
This year, The United Methodist Church will observe Children’s Sabbaths Oct. 8-10. Children's Sabbaths is an ecumenically celebrated weekend committed to educating the congregation about the state of today’s children and families in America. Children provide leadership through music, sharing of gifts and reading of Scripture. Click here for downloadable resources for this event available through the Children’s Defense Fund. Use an interactive map to find ideas that worked in congregations and communities in 2009 by going to

‘10-Fold’ to feature 10 Advance projects in 10 days beginning Oct. 10
For 10 days, Oct. 10-19, you will be able to go online to learn about Global Ministries' projects around the world supported through The Advance, the designated giving arm of The United Methodist Church. “10-Fold,” a new type of online event, will offer live webcasts, streaming video, online chats and other media that will enable you to see and hear about amazing projects that are changing people's lives. Every day will focus on a different project. The goal is to gain the support of 10,000 people for each of the 10 projects. During the event, $1 will be donated for every person that signs up as an advocate for a 10-Fold project, up to $10,000 per project. To get more details, visit and download the 10-Fold Participant's Guide.

Oct. 10-17 is churches’ ‘Week of Action on Food’
Oct. 10-17 will be observed by churches around the world as a “Week of Action on Food.” The observance occurs every year on the week that contains World Food Day, Oct. 16. Flanking World Food Day is International Day for Rural Women, Oct. 15, and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Oct. 17. Congregations around the world will join during the churches’ Week of Action on Food, a program of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), to call for change in the way food is grown, sold, distributed and shared. More …

Resources available for Oct. 17 Laity Sunday
In our membership vows, we promise that we will support the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Theme for this year’s celebration of Laity Sunday on Oct. 17 is Disciples Transforming the World - Through Presence. Worship resources for this Special Sunday can be found on the General Board of Discipleship Web site,, under the “Lead Your Church>Ministry of the Laity” section.

Oct. 17 is Bread for the World Sunday
Bread for the World, a Christian organization supported in part through the United Methodist Advance, has resources for churches interested in participating in Bread for the World Sunday on Oct. 17. The group organizes Christians to write U.S. decision-makers in support of efforts to eradicate hunger in the U.S. and overseas. Click here for resources.

Interfaith resources available for Veterans Day Nov. 11
Veteran's Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11, a time to honor and remember past and present military veterans. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has become a major mental health issue for veterans returning from war. Mental Health Ministries is offering an interfaith Veteran's Day resource (click here) that can be used as a bulletin insert or flier to raise important issues faced by returning troops and give your faith community ideas on how to be supportive. This resource is available in English and Spanish. Click here for an article, How Faith Communities Can Help Veterans and Their Families Readjust by VA Chaplain David Lundell. Click here for a downloadable packet from the Presbyterian Church USA, The Wounds of War: The Church as a Healing Community.

15 Lay Speaking courses offered
During September and October, 15 Lay Speaking courses will be offered at three different locations in northern Virginia, central Virginia and Hampton Roads. Five courses deal directly with being in the pulpit; 10 courses cover other roles in the church and the community. For more information, go to

Training to be offered on sexual ethics, reporting child abuse or neglect
All Virginia Conference clergy are required to participate in sexual ethics training and reporting child abuse and neglect training. Sexual ethics training is offered annually in the fall. Two optional dates are offered: Tuesday, Sept. 28, or Saturday, Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Center in Glen Allen. Cost is $10. Clergy Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect training is offered on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center, Blackstone, immediately prior to the opening of Ministers’ Convocation. This course will also be offered Saturday, March 26, 2011, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UM Center in Glen Allen. Cost for each training is $10. To register online, go to, click “Event Calendar,” then click on date of the event.

Conference extension ministers to meet with bishop Oct. 1
Conference extension ministers and pastors appointed beyond the local church will gather with Bishop Charlene Kammerer 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Richmond Hill, 2209 E. Grace St., Richmond. Cost is $20 for lunch and registration. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 28Click here for more information and to register.

Credit Union to offer tax seminar for clergy Oct. 6
The Virginia United Methodist Credit Union will offer a Tax Seminar For Clergy, Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 1-3 p.m. at the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen. The seminar will address the special employment status of clergy and the self-employment tax along with other tax issues related to clergy. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Janie Hightower at or 1-866-672-0004.

Older Adult retreat set for Oct. 5-7 at VUMAC
Seasoned Adults Spice Up the Church,” a retreat sponsored by the Older Adult Council and Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc., will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC), Blackstone. Cost for each participant is $150. Scholarship assistance is available. Registration deadline is Sept. 24. Click here for more information.

Women in ministry invited to Oct. 21 gathering
All women in ministry — licensed, ordained, consecrated, candidates for ministry and other women — are invited to the Clergywomen’s Collective gathering 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Virginia Conference United Methodist Center, 10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen. Bring a bag lunch or go to the deli at Martin’s across the way. For more information, contact the Rev. ReNe'e Teague at or (804) 357-4435.

Christian educators ‘Day Apart’ set for Oct. 26
Virginia Chapter of Christian Educators Fellowship and the Division of Education invite all Christian educators, clergy and laity interested in Christian education to Professional Development Training: Day Apart, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Virginia Conference Center in Glen Allen. Morning session will be “Kids With Purpose: A Weekly Program for Children Learning and Doing Missions” with Jodi Bischoff, Minister of Child Discipleship and Mission, Good Shepherd UMC. Afternoon will be Conversation Groups to discuss children, youth, young adults, adults, missions and technology. Cost of $15 includes lunch and coffee breaks. Cost is $10 for lunch and either morning or afternoon session. For more information, contact MaryKaye Cochran at (804) 739-4535, ext. 33 or Registration deadline is Oct. 19. Send registration information and payment to: Molly Gee, Wright's Chapel United Methodist Church, 8063 Ladysmith Road, Ruther Glen, Virginia 22546-2844. Make checks payable to "Virginia Conference CEF." Include name, church/position, address, phone and e-mail address.

2010 UMMen Spiritual Retreat to be Nov. 5-7 at VUMAC
The 2010 United Methodist Men (UMMen) Spiritual Retreat will be Nov. 5-7 at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone. Dr. Kevass J. Harding, senior pastor of Dellrose United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan., and a leader in the Wesleyan Building Brothers process, will be preacher for the event. He will preach on the theme “Can We Talk: It's Time To Man Up!” Sept. 30 is early registration deadline to save $20. Click here to download registration form. For more information, contact David Bean, vice president, Spiritual Life, by e-mail to, or by phone at (540) 718-2752.

New Church Leadership Institute to be Nov. 9-11
New Church Leadership Institute 2010 will be held Nov. 9-11 at the Virginia Conference United Methodist Center in Glen Allen. Participants will learn how to gain clarity in discerning ministry competencies, spiritual gifts, personal mission field or affinity group, leadership style and its implications and place on the apostolic/pastoral continuum. Registration deadline is Oct. 15. Click here for more information and online registration. Or go to or contact Pat Hickman at (804) 521-1155, 1-800-768-6040, ext. 155, or

Event for African-American churches scheduled for Nov. 19-20
A design team is busily working on plans for a fall event for African-American faith communities in the Virginia Conference. Mark your calendars for Nov. 19-20 and plan to bring a team from your church for a time of connecting and learning at the United Methodist Center in Glen Allen.

2011 Ministers’ Convocation registration is open
Register now for the Jan. 18-20, 2011, Ministers’ Convocation. Theme is “Shaping God’s People: A Study of Exodus,” addressing the question “How does the story of Exodus help us to live into a future that is different from the past?” Keynote presenters will be Dr. Gil Rendle, senior consultant for the Texas Methodist Foundation for Clergy and Congregational Excellence, and Dr. Joel LeMon, assistant professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Preaching during the week will be Bishop Charlene Kammerer and the Rev. Lisa Yebuah, newly ordained elder in the North Carolina Conference and Minister of Community Witness at Edenton Street UMC, Raleigh, N.C. A variety of workshops will be held on Wednesday, and district reflection groups will be led by younger clergy in the conference. Click here to register online or to download registration form.

Study shows number of young clergy is increasing in UMC
A study released this week testifies to the ongoing need for more young adults becoming clergy — and the widening age gap among U.S. pastoral leaders in The United Methodist Church. But the denomination is moving in the right direction. Between 2009 and 2010, the number of young elders, deacons and local pastors (those under the age of 35) increased. More …

Officials say church lacks racial diversity
The United Methodist Church, since its formation in 1968, has aspired to promote racial inclusion and end centuries of segregation that divided black and white churchgoers. Yet, despite some strides made by the denomination, reports from the General Council on Finance and Administration indicate that faces in United Methodist pews remain overwhelmingly white. More …

United Methodist Men launch prison ministries
The General Commission on United Methodist Men has forged a partnership with Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries of North Carolina in order to bring Disciple Bible Study to prisons across the U.S. The studies are transformational for both volunteers and prison participants, a prison minister said. More …

UMCom seeks manager of Communications Training
United Methodist Communications (UMCom) in Nashville, Tenn., is seeking a manager of Communications Training. For details, visit the conference Web site at and scroll down to "Other."

Third international AIDS conference to be held Oct. 14-16 in Dallas
“Lighten the Burden III,” the third international AIDS conference sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee, will be Oct. 14-16 at the Radisson Central Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The conference will feature national and international speakers, each bringing his or her own unique perspective to the AIDS pandemic. To register, go to by Sept. 20. Registration fee is $100 (includes meals and resources). More …

Deacons’ gathering to be Oct. 24-26 at Lake Junaluska
The Rev. Gary Gunderson, deacon in the Memphis Conference and director of Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, will be featured speaker for the 2010 Deacon/Diakonate Gathering to be held Oct. 24-26 at Lake Junaluska. Focus of the gathering, “The Diakonate – Bridging Brokenness, Toward Healing and Wholeness,” will center on health, spirituality and wholeness for those in full-time ministry and for those they serve in ministry. For more information and to register online, visit or call (828) 454-6656.

2010 Multicultural Conference to be Dec. 2-4 at Lake Junaluska
The Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops is partnering with Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center for the 2010 Multicultural Conference Dec. 2-4. Theme is “Embracing the Multi-Ethnic Body of Christ: Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges.” Virginia’s Myrtle Frances Hatcher is a member of the design team led by Bishop William Morris. A goal has been established for each annual conference to have 20–30 participants. Click here for more information or to register.

Talbert Leadership Institute seeks applicants
The pilot event of the Bishop Melvin George Talbert Leadership Institute will be Jan. 7-9, 2011, in Nashville. The program will engage young laity and clergy in enhancing their leadership potential. Coaches, who will be clergy and lay, male and female, and young adult, will be available for one-on-one conversations, small group discussions and other configurations to mentor participants. The Institute will begin with 10 students. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30, members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years, and provide an essay, written or on video/DVD, sharing their background, future goals and why they are interested in the Talbert Leadership Institute. Deadline for applying is Oct. 8. More information is available by contacting or visiting

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