Annual UMW school tackles timely topics

With immigration a hot topic in the U.S. today, it could be interesting to see what the Bible says about welcoming travelers and newcomers to the community.

One of the descriptions for a study topic at this year’s School of Christian Mission at Bethune-Cookman University describes the Bible as the “ultimate immigration handbook.” The presentation will draw on Old Testament stories of migration and hospitality, as well as the New Testament example of Jesus. 

UMW Mission Team
Members of the Conference UMW Mission Team stay busy during the 2011 School of Christian Mission.

Other study topics are poverty and Haiti.

“The issues that we study are usually right on topic with what’s going on in the world,” said Jackie Whitehouse, dean of the 2012 School of Christian Mission.

Hundreds of Christian women, men and youngsters are expected to flock to Daytona Beach at the end of July for the annual event, which also includes focus events and training for district administrators, pastors and lay speakers.

Recent years have drawn about 400 participants for the weekend session, scheduled this year for July 27-29. About 200 typically turn out for the weeklong series, scheduled this year for July 30 to Aug. 3.

Early registrations must be postmarked by July 13. Fees for the weeklong session are $150 for youth and adults, including lodging and meals, and $105 for kindergartners through rising eighth graders. Fees for weekend participants are $105 for youth and adults and $75 for children. Reduced fees are available for commuters and children younger than 5.

The fees go up $10 if postmarked after July 13.

For information and registration forms, visit

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