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GBHEM Appoints Director of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment

February 14, 2011
gbhem.org

Daniel J. “DJ” del Rosario has been named director of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment in the General Board of Higher Education’s Division of Ordained Ministry.

He will serve as coordinator of a cross-functional staff team that centralizes the work of all GBHEM staff who relate to ministries with young adults.

Building new Young Adult communities one church at a time

February 1, 2011
michiganareareporter.com

Most people who have set foot inside a United Methodist Church in the last five years realize young adult ministries is one of the primary growing concerns and focuses in our denomination. But what is a mystery to some is the direction the new Conference Commission on Young Adult Communities is hoping to take local churches in the next five years.

New pastors halfway through first year

January 31, 2011
gbhem.org

Not long ago, they were focusing on midterm exams. Six months into their ministry, clergy in their first appointments have faced another midterm exam of sorts.

They’ve had time to get to know their congregations and begin learning what it means to be a pastor. But, of course, they still have much to learn. A group of first-appointment pastors shared their thoughts with United Methodist News Service on how they feel about their ministry at this stage.

Could Discipleship Be an RPG?

November 4, 2010
hackingchristianity.net

The worldwide population of the United Methodist Church is ~12 million people (at least in 2007). Last month, the population of the online role playing game (RPG) World of Warcraft reached 12 million people. This isn’t some recent phenomenon: the game is six years old. Truly, online role playing games are a force to be reckoned with if their active population (each of which pays a monthly subscription) equals or exceeds the population of the UMC. Perhaps the popularity of online games is not about the specific success of particular games but about the gamification of our culture: if we make something a game, then it changes our habits.

Saying No to ‘I Do,’ With the Economy in Mind

September 28, 2010
nytimes.com

The United States crossed an important marital threshold in 2009, with the number of young adults who have never married surpassing, for the first time in more than a century, the number who were married. A long-term decline in marriage accelerated during the severe recession, according to new data from the Census Bureau, with more couples postponing marriage and often choosing to cohabit without tying the knot.

Nova Scotia Priest Plans to bless the faithful’s cellphones

September 2, 2010
www.theglobalmail.com

Halifax-area Anglican Rev. Lisa Vaughn, eager to keep her parish relevant in the face of declining church attendance nationwide, is asking users of mobile phones and other technological gadgets to bring them in this weekend for a special blessing.

Shane Claiborne: Fusing Faith and Practice

September-October 2010
interpretermagazine.org

In 1998, at the age of 21, self-described “ordinary radical”Shane Claiborneco-founded a small monastic community,The Simple Way, in a row house in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Today the community includes six houses. Raised in a United Methodist congregation in east Tennessee and a frequent speaker at United Methodist events, Claiborne began learning to see the gospel through the eyes of the poor while a student at Eastern University in Philadelphia, where his mentors included Tony Campolo. Interpreter editor Kathy Noble interviewed Claiborne in April. Featured here are excerpts from that conversation.

Young Adults Learn Ropes on Capitol Hill

August 21, 2010
www.umc.org

Meredith Duarte has strong ties to her Native American heritage. It was her Seneca and Apache heritage, in part, that enticed Duarte to apply for the Ethnic Young Adult Summer Internship program of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. This year, she was among 10 United Methodist interns that also included three African Americans, four Asian American/Pacific Islanders, one Hispanic/Latina and one African who worked with nonprofit and other advocacy groups in the U.S. capital.

Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans

September 28, 2010
nytimes.com

Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion. Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life. On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith. Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons.

How well would you have done?  You can take an online version of the Pew survey here.

Global event showcases young leaders

Aug 25, 2010
umportal.org

Led by the Division on Ministries with Young People of the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship, the 2010 Global Young People’s Convocation brought young leaders from around the world and created unity through sharing of cultures. The first convocation was held in 2006 in Johannesburg, South Africa.