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Mike Hudson, a member of Ortega United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, challenges the validity of global warming during the question and answer time at the “In Defense of Creation 2” Conference Table at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville June 14. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0917. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0875, 6/26/08.


With Howard Morland (right), Chris Bird answers a participant’s question during a panel discussion at the “In Defense of Creation 2” Conference Table at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville June 14. Bird is director of the Alachua County, Florida, Environmental Protection Department. He spoke about global warming and the church’s response. Morland, a former Air Force pilot who is now an anti-nuclear weapons lobbyist in Washington, D.C., spoke on the continuing nuclear weapons threat. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0916. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0875, 6/26/08.




Dr. Nigel Smith, professor of geography at the University of Florida and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville, asks participants attending the “In Defense of Creation 2” Conference Table, held at his church June 14, to consider the relationship between nature and spirituality. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0915. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0875, 6/26/08.


Dr. Caroline Njuki, assistant general secretary for Africa for the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, speaks to participants attending the “In Defense of Creation 2” Conference Table at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville June 14 about the connection between global poverty and health. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0914. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0875, 6/26/08.









Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker addresses participants gathered June 14 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville for the 20th Conference Table, which focused on global poverty and health, nuclear proliferation, and the environment. The goal of the day was to help guide and shape the writing of the next pastoral letter, “In Defense of Creation 2,” to be written by the United Methodist Council of Bishops. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0913. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0875, 6/26/08.


The Rev. Thom Street — call letters N5KFR — staffs a booth during the ministry expo at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. Street is the net controller for the Florida Conference’s growing amateur radio network, which is designed to be another layer of communication and coordination during disasters. Photo by Mary Lee Downey. Photo #08-0912. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0874, 6/26/08. Web photo only.



More than 48 amateur radio operators have joined the Florida Conference network of operators to help relay information and coordinate relief efforts during disasters. The network also includes nine base stations across the conference that can communicate with local AM radios and with each other. In an emergency, local radio operators can contact their net or base station, which can then contact other stations, creating a connection of net stations. The Florida Conference Center in Lakeland is licensed with the Amateur Radio Service as base station. Photo courtesy of AMEN Radio. Photo #08-0911. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0874, 6/26/08.








Ham radio operator Dave Watkins connects with other operators from his home in Valrico, Fla. to “test” the conference network. Operators connect twice a week to keep the network active and become better acquainted with how they’ll work together during a disaster. Watkins and other radio operators have joined the group to help the conference disaster recovery ministry provide one more layer of communication in the event of a disaster. Ham radio is often more reliable than cell or satellite phones because its signal travels through airwaves, which don’t go down or offline during a storm. Photo by Mary Lee Downey. Photo #08-0910. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0874, 6/26/08.


Brigitte Gynther (right) talks with a member attending this year’s annual conference session about efforts to improve wages and living and working conditions for Florida’s farm workers. Gynther is coordinator of Interfaith Action in Southwest Florida, a network of people of faith and religious institutions that works in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a community-based worker organization whose members are mostly Latino, Haitian and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout Florida. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0909. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0873, 6/25/08.





Melinda Trotti, director of justice and spiritual formation ministries for the Florida Conference, presents petitions April 28 to the Miami headquarters of Burger King Corp. The petitions, signed by United Methodist Women, ask for improved working conditions for workers in Immokalee. A May 23 agreement between Burger King and the farm workers will increase wages and protection to workers who have been subjected to abuse from growers. United Methodists in Florida have worked with Interfaith Action and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to bring about change for tomato pickers who work for as little as $50 a day. A UMNS photo by Brigitte Gynther. File photo #08-0894. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0867/June 12, 2008. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0873, 6/25/08.



Roberta Perry (left), Melinda Trotti (second from left) and other farm worker advocates prepare to talk with members during the ministry expo at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event about efforts to ensure fair wages and working conditions for Florida farm workers. Perry is Florida director of the National Farm Worker Ministry. Trotti is director of the Florida Conference Justice and Spiritual Formation Ministries. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0908. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0873, 6/25/08.




Joy Campbell (right), regional coordinator for Sew Much Comfort, discusses ways to make adaptive clothing with Pat White, coordinator of the sewing ministry at First United Methodist Church in Oviedo, Fla. Sew Much Comfort is a national nonprofit organization that distributes clothing to soldiers who have lost limbs or need special attire to fit over casts or medical equipment. A UMNS photo by John Gordon. Photo #08-0907. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0872, 6/20/08.


Shirleen Harms sews a pair of boxer shorts designed for a wounded soldier as part of the sewing ministry at First United Methodist Church in Oviedo, Fla. The group makes adaptive clothing for Sew Much Comfort, a national nonprofit organization that distributes clothing to soldiers who have lost limbs or need special clothing to fit over casts or medical equipment. A UMNS photo by John Gordon. Photo #08-0906. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0872, 6/20/08.




Eighty people took advantage of the massage therapy offered during the health and wellness fair May 29-30 at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. The Florida Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits sponsored the fair. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0905. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0871, 6/20/08.


In addition to having their blood pressures checked, clergy and laity were also able to have their cholesterol levels tested at the health and wellness fair offered May 29-30 at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. The Florida Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits sponsored the fair. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0904. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0871, 6/20/08.





The majority of the 524 people who participated in the health screenings offered at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event’s health and wellness fair were in “fairly good health,” according to Barbara Pearce, a longtime member of the Florida Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits, which sponsored the fair. She said no one was sent to the hospital this year, compared to three people whose tests at the health fair during the 2003 conference session indicated they had dangerously high blood pressures. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0903. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0871, 6/20/08.


Lewis Gibson, lay member to annual conference from Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, says many in the congregation are participating in the campaign to pay the church’s apportionments, rather than a few financially stable members “kicking in that extra money at the end of the year.” He says that represents a shift in attitude about what it means to be connected. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0902. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0870, 6/20/08.


The Rev. Lisa Degrenia, pastor of Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, says the church’s commitment to paying its apportionments is not a “survival-mode” decision. Rather, it’s a “DNA-level cultural shift” about what it means to be connected as part of The United Methodist Church and as Christians. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0901. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0870, 6/20/08.




Charlie Radigan (right), chairman of the finance committee at Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, presents a check for $21,000 to Florida Conference Treasurer Mickey Wilson. The amount, raised as part of the church’s “We Choose Mission” campaign, paid the congregation’s 2007 apportionments. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0900. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0870, 6/20/08.


Young adults attend one of the workshops on the five practices of The Methodist Way held May 28, a day before the 2008 Florida Annual Conference officially convened, at the Lakeland Center. A total of 86 youth and young adults attended this year’s conference session, compared to 120 last year. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0899. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0868, 6/17/08.







Corey Jones (left) and Denvil Farley report on what the young adult “table,” or resource group, of the Florida Conference Network of Ministries of Young People has accomplished since last year’s annual conference event and plans for the future. The network includes three tables, one each for youth, young adults and adults who work with young people. Jones and Farley co-chair the young adult table. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0898. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0868, 6/17/08.


Youth attend a luncheon during the first day of the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event that’s designed to help them become familiar with the workings of the conference session and get to know each other better. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0897. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0868, 6/17/08.














Kelly Minter shares with members attending the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event what the Florida Conference Network of Ministries of Young People has achieved since its inception at last year’s annual conference and future plans to better connect young people in ministry and with the church. Minter coordinates the young people’s network, which includes youth, young adults and adults working in ministry with young people, while also serving as youth minister at Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0896. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0868, 6/17/08.


Uvaldo Ruiz, a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, delivers a giant petition bearing 85,000 signatures to the Burger King headquarters April 28 in Miami. A May 23 agreement between Burger King Corp. and the farm workers will increase wages and protection to workers who have been subjected to abuse from growers. United Methodists in Florida have worked with Interfaith Action and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to bring about change for the tomato pickers who work for as little as $50 a day. A UMNS photo courtesy of Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida. Photo #08-0895. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0867, 6/12/08.



Melinda Trotti, director of justice and spiritual formation ministries for the Florida Conference, presents petitions April 28 to the Miami headquarters of Burger King Corp. The petitions, signed by United Methodist Women, ask for improved working conditions for workers in Immokalee. A May 23 agreement between Burger King and the farm workers will increase wages and protection to workers who have been subjected to abuse from growers. United Methodists in Florida have worked with Interfaith Action and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to bring about change for tomato pickers who work for as little as $50 a day. A UMNS Photo by Brigitte Gynther. Photo #08-0894. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0867, 6/12/08.


Workers harvest tomatoes at a farm in Immokalee, where low wages and poor conditions prompted farm worker advocates to lobby fast-food giant Burger King Corp. A May 23 agreement between Burger King and the farm workers will increase wages and protection to workers who have been subjected to abuse from growers. United Methodists in Florida have worked with Interfaith Action and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to bring about change for tomato pickers who work for as little as $50 a day. A UMNS photo by Scott Robertson. Photo #08-0893. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0867, 6/12/08.






Northern Illinois Conference Bishop Hee-Soo Jung greets a Florida Conference member after preaching at the communion service May 29 during the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0892. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0865, 6/10/08.







Instead of being clearly defined as either progressive or traditional, Northern Illinois Conference Bishop Hee-Soo Jung said church members should consider that both positions may ‘be right’ and learn to coexist with each other in what he called the holy tension caused by practicing both holiness and hospitality. Jung was Bible study leader and guest preacher during the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0891. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0865, 6/10/08.


A conference member attending the opening session of the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event shares his thoughts on church trends and practices that may need to be reconsidered based on the Methodist Way of disciple-making following the Rev. Dr. Randy Maddox’s presentation to the assembly. Maddox is professor of theology and Wesleyan studies at Duke Divinity School and an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference. He spoke to conference members about the theological vision and spiritual meaning of the Methodist Way of salvation and discipleship. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0890. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0864, 6/9/08.


Members attending the opening session of the 2008 Florida Conference session talk in small groups about how the Wesleyan way of disciple-making has been most important to individual Christian growth, the area in most need of recovery in today’s churches and the challenges that prevent recovery. The Rev. Dr. Randy Maddox guided those discussions after his comments about the theological vision and spiritual meaning of the Methodist Way of salvation and discipleship. Maddox is professor of theology and Wesleyan studies at Duke Divinity School and an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0889. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0864, 6/9/08.







In his time with Florida Conference laity and clergy attending the 2008 Florida Conference session May 29-31, the Rev. Dr. Randy Maddox shared examples of how the five practices of The Methodist Way and Wesleyan theological convictions are conveyed through many hymns found in the United Methodist Hymnal. Maddox is professor of theology and Wesleyan studies at Duke Divinity School and an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0888. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0864, 6/9/08.


Members vote on resolutions during the last day of the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0887. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0863, 6/5/08.












Annie Woods addresses resolutions submitted by Florida Conference Global Mission and Justice Ministries, a division of Connectional Ministries, during the last day of the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. Woods is chair of the mission and justice committee. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0886. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0863, 6/5/08.


About 40 children from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home dance and sing during the 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Children’s Home at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0885. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0863, 6/5/08.



Melinda Trotti (left), director of the conference’s Justice and Spiritual Formation Ministries, and Lynette Fields, executive director of Servant Ministry at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, report May 31 to members of the 2008 Florida Conference Event on the work being done by the recently-formed Children’s Advocacy and Ministry Coalition to end childhood hunger in Florida. Members voted at the 2007 conference session to make children the top social witness priority of the conference. The coalition’s work and vision to end childhood hunger stem from that mandate. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0884. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0863, 6/5/08.



Mayuris Pimentel speaks during the last day of the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event about the church’s call to provide radical hospitality to Florida’s immigrants. Pimentel was recently hired as the new Central Florida regional attorney for the conference’s Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) immigration clinics, which offer free legal services and advocacy to people needing help with immigration issues. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0883. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0863, 6/5/08.



The prayer garden and labyrinth at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event May 29-31 offered laity and clergy the opportunity to get away from the busyness of the conference session for a time of prayer and reflection. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0882.Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0862, 6/3/08.










The Rev. Ken Minton, conference secretary, reported May 30 that the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event offering taken at the communion service the previous evening totaled $70,143. The offering will support three conference ministries: 60 percent will be directed to the East Angola/Florida Partnership, 20 percent will support the legal immigration counseling ministry in Central Florida and 20 percent will strengthen Florida children’s ministries with the Council of Bishops’ Initiative on Children and Poverty. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0881. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0862, 6/3/08.


Candidates pray before being ordained probationary members of the conference during the service of ordination, commissioning and licensing May 30 at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0880. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0862, 6/3/08.















 


Despite continuing losses in membership in the Florida Conference, the Rev. Dr. Jeff Stiggins reported May 30 to members attending the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event that significant gains in professions of faith and average worship attendance among 70 of the conference’s churches are a sign of hope to other churches that missional effectiveness is possible. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0879. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0862, 6/3/08.


Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker (left) presents the Rev. Ramiro Exposito, pastor of Tampa Hispanic Regional United Methodist Church, with a certificate recognizing the church as a new mission of the conference during the New Church Development committee's report May 30 at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. The mission will launch in Tampa July 1 as a regional model, the first of its kind in Florida. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0878. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0862, 6/3/08.







The Rev. Vance Rains, director of the Wesley Foundation at Florida State University and part-time executive director of the conference’s Collegiate Ministries, shares with members of the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event May 30 the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry’s ambitious goal to start a regional campus ministry for the more than a quarter of a million college and university students on campuses in South Florida. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0877. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0862, 6/3/08.


Alice Williams, a lay member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando and convener of the Florida Conference Leadership Connection, thanks the Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder (right) for her leadership to the Leadership Connection. Burkholder is leaving her appointment as director of the conference’s Connectional Ministries to become associate dean of Methodist studies and professor in the practice of ecclesiology and church leadership at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0876. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0862, 6/3/08.





Alice Williams, a lay member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando and convener of the Florida Conference Leadership Connection, shares with members of the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event how start-up grants from the Leadership Connection have been helping churches and ministries address community needs. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0875. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0862, 6/3/08.


The Rev. Tom Farmer, senior pastor at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Largo, leads the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event’s memorial service May 29 for clergy and spouses who have died since the last annual conference session. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0874. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0861, 5/31/08.


Bill Walker (left), outgoing Florida Conference lay leader, and the Rev. Jorge Acevedo, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, report May 29 at the Florida Annual Conference Event on actions taken at the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The two led the Florida Conference delegation to the April 27-May 2 assembly, the top lawmaking body of the denomination. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0873. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0861, 5/31/08.




Northern Illinois Conference Bishop Hee-Soo Jung preaches during the communion service May 29 at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. His sermon was titled “What a Beautiful Journey: The United Methodist Way.” Jung’s own spiritual journey began in a very Wesleyan way — in a Methodist class meeting in South Korea where he says he was converted to Christ and the Christian way of life. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0872. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0861, 5/31/08.


The Rev. Dr. Randy Maddox leads a nearly two-hour session May 29 at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event on the importance of the Wesleyan practices of discipleship, which he stressed “have been central to Methodist vitality since its earliest days.” Maddox is professor of theology and Wesleyan studies at Duke Divinity School and an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0871. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0861, 5/31/08.






During the laity session May 29, Bill Walker thanks lay members of the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event for their show of appreciation for his ministry to the conference. The conference session marks Walker’s last as conference lay leader. Prior to serving as conference lay leader, Walker was director of the Conference Council on Ministries for four years. He is an attorney in Winter Park and long-time member of First United Methodist Church, Winter Park. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0870. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0861, 5/31/08.


Sharon Luther is welcomed as the new Florida Conference lay leader following her election May 29 at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. Luther is a member of Cypress Lake United Methodist Church in Fort Myers and was associate lay leader in the South West District until her election. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0869. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0861, 5/31/08.


Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker presides over the 2008 annual conference session, his eighth since beginning his assignment as bishop of the Florida Conference in April 2001. In its report to conference members, episcopacy committee members unanimously affirmed Whitaker’s ministry in Florida and expressed their desire to see him return as bishop for four more years following the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July, where bishops will be elected and episcopal assignments made. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0868. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0861, 5/31/08.


The Lakeland High School drum line helps the conference music team open the “Living The United Methodist Way” 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event May 29 at the Lakeland Center. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0867. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0861, 5/31/08.












The Rev. Ernie Post, senior pastor at Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church, says the Holy Grounds Café service every Monday night is café style, with light snacks, coffee and cappuccino, but also “very high-tech.” After launching in 2005 with about 65 adults, the service now boasts an average of about 100 to 150 people each week. Photo by Mary Lee Downey. Photo #08-0866. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0860, 5/31/08. Web photo only.


Musician Danny Huff helped start the Holy Grounds Café service Monday nights at Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church after seeing a need among many of his friends working in area nightclubs for a worship service during the week. Photo by Mary Lee Downey. Photo #08-0865. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0860, 5/31/08. Web photo only.




Worshippers at the Holy Grounds Café service at Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church enjoy a light meal before Bible study and music. The casual, high-tech service is held every Monday night, giving people who aren’t able to go to church during more traditional times a chance to be part of a faith community. Photo by Mary Lee Downey. Photo #08-0864. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0860, 5/31/08. Web photo only.


In The Methodist Way class on radical hospitality, participants were asked to take time to share something about themselves, as they would when they greet newcomers to their churches. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0863. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0859, 5/29/08.










The Rev. Jim Harnish (foreground) and Warren Pattison teach The Methodist Way class on passionate worship, one of the five practices of disciple-making that says worship should help people encounter and get to know God and each other. It also says worship should prepare members to go back into the world, share what they’ve learned and invite people to experience the love of God in a faith community. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0862. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0859, 5/29/08.


Participants attending The Methodist Way class on extravagant generosity listen as the Rev. Dr. Jeff Stiggins asks how much in the way of material resources people really need when their neighbors are suffering. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0861. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0859, 5/29/08.






















The Rev. Lyndol Loyd co-leads The Methodist Way class on intentional discipling at the 2008 Florida Annual Conference Event. He stressed that churches can no longer assume the people they are trying to reach have any level of biblical knowledge. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0860. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0859, 5/29/08.














The Rev. Dr. Geraldine McClellan attending the “Thunder in the Desert: Symposium for Partnerships in African-American Churches,” sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship in January in Nashville, Tenn. A UMNS photo by Linda Green. File photo #08-0744. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0795/Feb. 7, 2008. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0856, 5/22/08.


Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker suggests to participants attending the “Shaping a Common Social Witness” Conference Table last year that a worthwhile Christian social witness would be “along the same lines as the 1908 Social Creed,” which influenced reform in American labor practices and focused on reducing hours, providing a living wage and instituting child labor laws. “It was concrete, not a vague sentimental list of ideals for society,” Whitaker said. Photo by Tita Parham. File photo #07-0538. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0635/March 10, 2007. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0856, 5/22/08.


Lynette Fields adds one of her top social concerns to a list developed by participants at the “Shaping a Common Social Witness” Conference Table Jan. 27, 2007. Fields is executive director of Servant Ministry at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando and Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker’s appointee to the Core Advisory Group for the Partnership To End Childhood Hunger, a coalition of statewide organizations dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Florida. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0859. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0856, 5/22/08.


Youth attending the U2charist communion service during the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event wear the ONE Campaign T-shirts they purchased right before the service started. The ONE Campaign and its efforts to mobilize people in the fight against global poverty and HIV/AIDS were highlighted during the service. Photo by Greg Moore. File photo #07-0596. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0686/June 13, 2007. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0855, 5/20/08.


Members of a first-ever youth delegation vote during the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event for lay delegates to the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Greg Moore. File photo #07-0589. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0685/June 9, 2007. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0855, 5/20/08.





Bishop Bruce Ough dribbles a basketball signed by United Methodist bishops to the podium at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Ough’s West Ohio Area scored the winning bid of $80,000 for the basketball to benefit the Nothing But Nets campaign against malaria. The West Ohio bid was matched by William H. Gates Sr. of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #08-0858. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0854, 5/19/08.


Bishop Thomas Bickerton (left) prepares to present a basketball signed by United Methodist bishops to Bishop Bruce Ough at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The basketball was auctioned to benefit the Nothing But Nets campaign against malaria, raising almost $430,000. Ough's West Ohio Area scored the winning bid of $80,000, which was matched by William H. Gates Sr. of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #08-0857. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0854, 5/19/08.














Yue Yaomeng (left) oversees the loading of tarps that will be distributed by Amity Foundation to survivors of the May 12 earthquake that struck the Sichuan Province of China on May 12. The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is a partner in Amity, a volunteer organization that promotes education, social services, health and rural development in China. A UMNS photo courtesy of Yue Yaomeng. Photo #08-0856. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0853, 5/19/08.



United Methodist church busses line the drive to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home during it 100th anniversary celebration. Photo by Thomas Routzong. Photo #08-0855. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0852, 5/9/08.



Dr. Edward Dinkins Jr. (center), president of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home from 1983 to 1995, removes the 25-year-old time capsule from the Children’s Home’s bell tower during the home’s centennial celebration. Photo by Steven Skelley. Photo #08-0854. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0852, 5/9/08.



Florida United Methodist Children’s Home staff members Anita Barnett Campbell, director of planned giving and major gifts, and Wil Simpson, coordinator of educational services, greet visitors attending the Children’s Home’s centennial celebration in clothing typical of what was worn in 1908, the year the home was founded by the Florida Conference. Photo by Thomas Routzong. Photo #08-0853. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0852, 5/9/08.


The president of the United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church, Saurimo, in the East Angola Conference helps ties a head scarf for Mary Gestrich, a member of a Florida Conference team that traveled to Angola in January. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin. Photo #08-0852. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0851, 5/9/08.



Icel Rodriguez, associate director of the Florida Conference’s Global Mission and Justice Ministries, and her husband, the Rev. Armando Rodriguez, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Lakeland, thank the conference for its support during the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event, after being commissioned to serve as persons-in-mission in East Angola. The two will leave for Angola in the summer of 2009. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0851. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0851, 5/9/08.






Children from First United Methodist Church, Saurimo, in the East Angola Conference get to know Florida Conference United Methodists who traveled to Angola in January. Saurimo is the provincial capital of Lunda Sul, Angola. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin. Photo #08-0850. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0851, 5/9/08.



Bishop Thomas Bickerton holds a basketball, signed by United Methodist bishops at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The basketball was auctioned to benefit the Nothing But Nets campaign against malaria, raising $429,030. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #08-0849. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0850, 5/8/08.




Florida Conference delegates pour over petitions in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate during the afternoon plenary session April 30 of the 2008 General Conference. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0848. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0850, 5/8/08.







Gay rights supporters react tearfully to an April 30 vote at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference, retaining the church's position that the practice of homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching." The assembly, held once every four years, is meeting through May 2 in Fort Worth, Texas. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. Photo #08-0847. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0850, 5/8/08.


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, addresses the 2008 United Methodist General Conference on April 29 in Fort Worth, Texas. Sirleaf is a United Methodist and the first female head of state in Africa. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #08-0846. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0850, 5/8/08.


The Africa University traveling choir performs during the April 29 Bridges of Unity ecumenical awards banquet at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #08-0845. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0850, 5/8/08.


Delegates to the 2008 General Conference spent long days and nights in the arena of the Forth Worth Convention Center debating and praying over more than 1,500 petitions to amend The United Methodist Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0844. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0850, 5/8/08.


Tropical Storm Nargis over Myanmar May 3. Photo courtesy of National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Photo #08-0843. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0849, 5/8/08.



The Rev. Matt Berryman, senior pastor at Avondale United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, leads communion at the “Passionate Worship: Divine Inbreaking” event April 11-12 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville. The event focused on the passionate worship practice of The Methodist Way and was repeated several days later at United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0842. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0848, 5/7/08.



Using a “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme, Kalon Stiggins, worship director at Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Davenport, shares tips and strategies on creating worship services that give people the opportunity to experience God. The focus was passionate worship, one of the five practices of The Methodist Way. The class was taught as part of a series of workshops on the five practices held a day before the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event began. Photo by Greg Moore. Photo #08-0841. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0848, 5/7/08.






The Rev. Jorge Acevedo (right), senior pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, and Bill Walker, lay leader of the Florida Conference, confer during a plenary session of the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.  Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0840. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0847, 5/6/08.








The Rev. Debbie McLeod (center), a member of the Florida Conference delegation and superintendent of the conference’s South East District, prays amidst the sea of delegates and gay rights advocates calmly protesting the April 30 vote to retain the current language on homosexuality in The United Methodist Social Principles. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0839. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0846, 5/5/08.


Observers hug each other as they stand to protest an April 30 vote regarding homosexual rights in the church during the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. Photo #08-0838. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0846, 5/5/08.







Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker recognizes a speaker during deliberations on whether to retain the current language on homosexuality in The United Methodist Social Principles. Whitaker presided over the three-hour debate, which took place during the afternoon plenary session April 30 of the 2008 General Conference. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0837. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0846, 5/5/08.


The Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson, pastor at First United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, and John “Jad” Denmark, a lay delegate from Anona United Methodist Church in Largo, discuss the business at hand during a plenary session of the 2008 General Conference. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0836. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0845, 5/4/08.




Allison Mitchell, a lay delegate from First United Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach, votes on a petition during a General Conference plenary session May 2. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0835. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0845, 5/4/08.


The Rev. Debbie McLeod, superintendent of the Florida Conference’s South East District, and Rodney Akers, a lay delegate from First United Methodist Church of Seffner, discuss legislation included in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate during a plenary session May 2, the last day of the General Conference. Photo #08-0834. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0845, 5/4/08.


The Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans, senior pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, consults his Daily Christian Advocate regarding a petition being discussed during a plenary session of the General Conference. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0833. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0845, 5/4/08.


Judith Pierre-Okerson (left), a lay delegate from Norland United Methodist Church in Miami, the Rev. Dr. Geraldine McClellan (center), superintendent of the Florida Conference’s North Central District, and Disney Weaver, a lay delegate from First United Methodist Church of Haines City, listen intently during a plenary session of General Conference April 30 to discussion of a petition opposing homophobia and heterosexism that said the church opposes “all forms of violence or discrimination based on gender, gender identity, sexual practice or sexual orientation.” The petition was approved. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0832. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0845, 5/4/08.


Mickey Wilson (left), treasurer of the Florida Conference, and the Rev. Phil Roughton, senior pastor at Christ Church United Methodist in Ft. Lauderdale, confer during a plenary session April 30 of the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0831. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0844, 5/4/08.








Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker of the Florida Conference chairs the plenary session dealing with the issue of homosexuality April 30 during the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0830. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0843, 5/1/08.





John “Jad” Denmark, a lay member from Anona United Methodist Church in Largo and one of 26 Florida Conference delegates to the 2008 General Conference, makes an amendment in the plenary session debate on the issue of homosexuality April 30. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0829. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0843, 5/1/08.


Florida Conference delegates, the Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder, director of Connectional Ministries for the Florida Conference, and the Rev. Debbie McLeod, superintendent of the South East District, stand in solidarity following the vote on homosexuality April 30 during the 2008 General Conference. Photo by Tita Parham. Photo #08-0828. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0843, 5/1/08.





The Quéssua complex was a thriving spiritual and missionary center for The United Methodist Church in Angola before the country's civil war, but it also provided education for many Angolans. Many of Angola's leaders are considered “sons of Quéssua” because they were educated at the United Methodist schools. Today, the United Methodist church and School of Theology at Quéssua have been rebuilt, thanks in part to funds from Florida United Methodists through offerings collected during annual conference events. File photo #07-0571. Photo by Armando Rodriquez. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0659/April 19, 2007. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0842, 5/1/08.


The Rev. Carlos Tchihuto, left, and Ana Ingles, right, speak with the aid of a translator, center, to the Florida Conference delegation to the 2008 General Conference at a breakfast meeting May 1 in Fort Worth. Tchihuto and Ingles thanked the conference for their support of ministry and mission in East Angola. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #08-0827. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0842, 5/1/08.



The Rev. Jorge Acevedo (right), senior pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, and co-leader of the Florida Conference delegation, considers the discussion during a meeting of his legislative committee, which dealt with issues related to discipleship. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #08-0826. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0841, 4/28/08.


Jad Denmark (left), a lay delegate from Anona United Methodist Church in Largo, talks intently with another member of the legislative committee on which they both served, which dealt with human sexuality. Delegates began voting on recommendations from the committees April 28 and will continue until the end of General Conference May 2. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #08-0825. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0841, 4/28/08.


The Rev. Bob Bushong, pastor at First United Methodist Church, Winter Park, and Jeannie Jacques, a lay delegate from St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Lakeland, work together in the Faith and Order legislative committee. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #08-0824. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0841, 4/28/08.






Lorenza Andrade-Smith, a seminarian at St. Paul School of Theology, takes part in a rally for immigrants’ rights during the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. Photo #08-0823. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0839, 4/25/08.




Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker speaks at a rally for immigrants’ rights outside the Fort Worth Convention Center. Rally participants were encouraged to take immediate action on immigration reform by calling their congressional representatives and local churches to oppose H.R. 4088, the SAVE Act, a bill focused on strict enforcement of immigration laws. More than 1,000 United Methodist delegates, including 26 from Florida, are at the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, until May 2. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #08-0822. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0839, 4/25/08.


Members of Covenant United Methodist Church in Port Orange gather before the opening worship service of the 2008 General Conference to pray for the Florida Conference delegate to the quadrennial assembly. The group began praying and fasting for all conference delegates and the work of the conference weeks before it began. They attended General Conference as “prayer delegates” to continue that ministry. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #08-0821. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0838, 4/24/08.













Bill Walker, Florida Conference lay leader and head of the Florida Conference’s delegation to the 2008 General Conference (left), speaks with Paul Pollock before the quadrennial assembly’s opening worship service. Pollock and members of his church, Covenant United Methodist Church in Port Orange, attended the conference for the sole purpose of praying for and showing their support of the delegates and the work of the assembly. Photo by Erik Alsgaard. Photo #08-0820. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0838, 4/24/08.


United Methodist Bishops Jack M. Tuell (left) and William B. Oden serve Holy Communion during opening worship at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #08-0819. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0837, 4/24/08.



Bishop Janice Huie (right), president of the Council of Bishops, leads participants in the opening worship service at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. Photo #08-0818. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0837, 4/24/08.


Tina Cannon, a liturgical dancer from New Life Community United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, helps lead worship through dance, illustrating how people in all stages of their spiritual journey thirst for the living water — the word of God. The dance was part of the plenary session on the second part of worship, the Word, at the “Passionate Worship: Divine Inbreaking” event at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville April 11-12. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0817. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0836, 4/23/08.





Wearing a T-shirt reflecting the main point of the day, the Rev. Roy Terry leads a plenary session on the gathering, the second of four parts of a worship service, at the “Passionate Worship: Divine Inbreaking” event at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville April 11-12. Terry is pastor of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Naples, a congregation that has been called “radical liturgical” and “emergent” in books, articles and television programs. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0816. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0836, 4/23/08.


Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker makes a point during his opening reflection at the “Passionate Worship: Divine Inbreaking” conferencewide event at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville April 11-12. The session focused on the first of the five practices of The Methodist Way. Future events will help churches incorporate the other practices. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0815. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0836, 4/23/08.


Participants at the “Passionate Worship: Divine Inbreaking” event at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville April 11-12 raise their arms in response to the Rev. Matt Berryman’s invocation, “The Lord be with you,” as part of the great thanksgiving liturgy during communion. Berryman is senior pastor at Avondale United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0814. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0836, 4/23/08.









Sending a petition to the 2008 General Conference calling for divestment from Caterpillar has achieved positive results, said Jim Winkler, top executive of the church’s social action agency. Winkler, shown here in a file photo, announced April 17 that the petition is being withdrawn. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert. Photo #08-0813. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0835, 4/22/08.


United Methodist Bishop Joel N. Martinez presides over a session of the denomination’s 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. One of 69 active bishops will preside over each plenary session of the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, but may not vote on any proposal. A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin. Photo #08-0812. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0833.




Delegates to the United Methodist Church’s 2004 General Conference consider legislation from their seats in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin. Photo #08-0811. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0833.










The Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center spans 14 city blocks in the heart of downtown, providing nearly 255,000 square feet of exhibit space, 59,000 square feet of meeting space and a 13,500-seat arena. Nearly 2,000 delegates and other United Methodists from throughout the world will gather April 23-May 2 at the convention center for the denomination's quadrennial legislative conference. A UMNS photo courtesy of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau. File Photo #08-0761. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0801/Feb. 21, 2008. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0833.


Both the prayer chapel (background, left) and labyrinth at the Florida Conference Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, near Leesburg, offer opportunities for spiritual reflection. File photo #08-0810. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0832, 4/17/08.



















The nametags of about 120 volunteers hang on pegs in a room at Community United Methodist Church in Holiday. That’s how many people it took each day to run the weeklong Fresh Start day camp offered last summer at the church. Approximately 90 children participated. Organizers say cooperation from the community crossed denominational, neighborhood and socioeconomic boundaries. Photo by Caryl Kelley. Photo #08-0809. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0831, 4/16/08.


Children participate in the Fresh Start day camp offered last summer at Community United Methodist Church in Holiday. It was a communitywide effort undertaken after the local Coalition for the Homeless — of which the church’s pastor, the Rev. Dan Campbell, is a participant — surveyed the community and found 55 percent of the 2,200 people who are homeless in the area are younger than 18. In addition to getting breakfast, lunch and two snacks, the children participated in such "fiesta"-themed activities as hot Bible adventures, cactus crafts, “grande” games, and chapel time with music and stories. Photo by Caryl Kelley. File photo #07-0655. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0726/Aug. 22, 2007. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0831, 4/16/08.




JoAnne Carroll, co-director of Carson Simpson Farm Day Camp outreach in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church, shares tips and information on running a day camp at the Day Camp Training Seminar March 8 at Pine Hills United Methodist Church and Berea Haitian Mission in Orlando. Photo by Thomas Routzong.  Photo #08-0808. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0831, 4/16/08.


Florida Conference United Methodists march to the Florida Capitol April 1 during the annual Children’s Week event. Their goal: to meet with advocacy groups and state legislators about children’s issues, specifically meal programs for children while school is in session and during the summer break and affordable housing. The conference's United Methodist Women make it a priority to have a strong contingent of representatives at the gathering each year. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0807. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0830, 4/15/08.













Holding a $20,000 check raised for Florida Impact through offerings collected at the recent 2008 Women’s Retreats and just presented to her by Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, Florida Impact Director Debra Susie addresses a group of Florida Conference United Methodist Women and pastors April 1 at a church service at Trinity United Methodist Church in Tallahassee. The group was at the state’s capitol to advocate for children’s issues during the annual Children’s Week event. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0806. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0830, 4/15/08.


Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker recognizes the Rev. Tony Rosenburg and his congregation, Crawfordville United Methodist Church, for their efforts in partnering with other groups in their community to provide feeding programs for children during the summer school break. Whitaker made the presentation April 1 during a service at Trinity United Methodist Church in Tallahassee. After the service Whitaker and a group of more than 37 United Methodist Women and pastors headed to the state’s capitol to meet with other groups and legislators on behalf of Florida’s children during the annual Children’s Week event. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0805. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0830, 4/15/08.


Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker (right) greets Sen. Ken Pruitt (R-Port St. Lucie), president of the Florida Senate, April 1 during Children’s Week in Tallahassee. Whitaker and African Methodist Episcopal Bishop McKinley Young joined met with Pruitt and other legislators about children’s issues, including the need for affordable housing and meal programs. Photo by Erik J. Alsgaard. Photo #08-0804. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0830, 4/15/08.









The Manaleni Center staff and volunteers welcome church members visiting from St. James United Methodist Church in Tampa. The church began a partnership in February 2007 with the Mukhanyo Community Development Centers, which provides day-care centers — including the Manaleni Center — for children in KwaMhlanga, South Africa, orphaned by AIDS. The organization also runs a hospice center that cares for AIDS patients. Photo courtesy of Paul Butler. Photo #08-0803. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0829, 4/11/08.


Carli Minacci, a member of St. James Untied Methodist Church in Tampa, shares photos on her camera with children and youth at the Manaleni Center, one of five day-care centers run by the Mukhanyo Community Development Centers in KwaMhlanga, South Africa, for children orphaned by AIDS. The World Health Organization estimates 1.4 million South African children in 2005 alone were living as orphans. Of that number approximately 370,000 had lost both parents to AIDS. Photo courtesy of Paul Butler. Photo #08-0802. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0829, 4/11/08.





The Rev. Paul Butler (center) was one of six members of St. James Untied Methodist Church in Tampa to travel to KwaMhlanga, South Africa, in February 2007 on a fact-finding mission to “check out” the work of the Mukhanyo Community Development Centers, which operates day-care centers for children orphaned by AIDS and a hospice center for AIDS patients. That visit prompted the St. James congregation and other churches interested in being part of the mission to raise more than $209,000 — money that enabled a fifth day-care center to open. Photo courtesy of Paul Butler. Photo #08-0801. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0829, 4/11/08.


United Methodist Bishop Janice Huie listens during an April 1 press conference at the United Nations, where a global partnership to help end malaria deaths was announced. Seated next to her is Chad Amour, representing Lutheran World Relief. The global partnership will be led by The United Methodist Church and Lutheran World Relief and organized by the U.N. Foundation. A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin. Photo #08-0800. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0827, 4/8/08.






Ted Turner (left) listens as Srgian Kerim, president of the U.N. General Assembly, speaks at an April 1 press conference at the United Nations. United Methodist Bishop Janice Huie joined Turner as he announced an expanded global partnership to help end malaria deaths. Turner, a businessman and philanthropist, founded the U.N. Foundation a decade ago. The global partnership will be led by The United Methodist Church and Lutheran World Relief and organized by the foundation. A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin. Photo #08-0799. Accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0827, 4/8/08.


Since the Florida Conference Connectional Ministries office began offering training courses in April 2006 for members serving in leadership positions at their churches, more than 1,400 people have taken the online classes. Photo by Caryl Kelley. File Photo #06-334. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0468/April 8, 2006. Also accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0826, 4/6/08. Web photo only.


 




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