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Global Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation Commissions First Class of Earthkeepers

Innaugural UMC Earthkeepers Class Commissioned by Global Board of MinistriesGlobal Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation (CMI) held its first United Methodist Earthkeepers training, Nov. 15-19, and commissioning, Nov. 20. CMI is Global Ministries’ newest program area, now six months old. CMI is a forward-thinking, forward-leaning unit, cultivating a best-practice learning and innovation “laboratory” for re-envisioning and redefining 21st century mission practice in the church and in the wider world.“The Spirit is calling us to a place of wholeness, and the Earthkeepers are a great first step in participating in that mission movement,” said Denise Honeycutt, CMI’s executive director.


Pacific Northwest and National Faith Leaders Call for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion

Leaders cite biodiversity and reverence for God’s creation among top reasons for support

25 Christian leaders sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary Jewell urging them to “care for God’s creation with the reverence it merits, and expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument this year.”

The letter highlights the importance of biodiversity from a religious perspective, and expresses concern that a growing number of scientists report that a “patchwork of vital habitats and watersheds remain unprotected.” The letter goes on to say if these unprotected areas were to be harmed, “we could disrupt the wildlife safe-haven our communities have striven to create over the past 16 years.”


How the faithful voted: A preliminary 2016 analysis

The 2016 presidential exit polling reveals little change in the political alignments of U.S. religious groups. Those who supported Republican candidates in recent elections, such as white born-again or evangelical Christians and white Catholics, strongly supported Donald Trump as well. Groups that traditionally backed Democratic candidates, including religious “nones,” Hispanic Catholics and Jews, were firmly in Hillary Clinton’s corner.


Top Southwestern and National Faith Leaders Call for Protection of the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage Area

Leaders cite water justice, racial justice, and conservation as reasons to designate area as a national monument

32 top religious leaders of Jewish and Christian traditions, including bishops, regional ministers, and executive directors, have sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to permanently protect the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage Area by designating it as a national monument.


United Methodist General Conference Affirms Next Global Health Initiatives


1 Million Children to be Reached with Lifesaving Interventions by 2020

Seeking to build on the success of its global health initiative that significantly reduced the number of childhood deaths caused by malaria, The United Methodist Church this week affirmed its commitment to positively impact the lives of children everywhere through the next phase of its global health work. Coordinated by the denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries, “Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children” aims to reach 1 million children with lifesaving interventions by 2020.


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