Extending Permission to Use UMPH Resources for Online Worship through December 31, 2020

Nashville, September 2020 – The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is extending full permission to all churches for use of UMPH copyrighted worship materials through December 2020. UMPH recognizes the need for easy access to key worship aids as the COVID-19 crisis persists and local churches strive to serve their communities.

The copyright page in the 1992 United Methodist Book of Worship grants permission as follows:

“United Methodist congregations may reproduce for worship or educational purposes any item from The United Methodist Book of Worship for one-time use, as in a bulletin, special program, or lesson resource, provided that the copyright notice and acknowledgment is included in the reproduction.”

Each worship service is a one-time use. Therefore, churches are free to reproduce the liturgical text as needed (with the obvious exception of the copyrighted service music on pages 173-223). Further, during the COVID-19 crisis, UMPH is waiving the need to ask permission to livestream and/or record worship services which read, perform, or display liturgical text from the UM Book of Worship. UMPH encourages churches to utilize streaming licenses from OneLicense or CCLI to stream copyrighted service music.

No additional permission is required for any United Methodist congregation to reproduce the liturgical text in the context of an online or physically gathered worship service or, during the COVID-19 crisis, to livestream worship services and/or record and post them on a private site during this period.

This permission does not extend to events other than worship services or events where admission is charged or registration fees are collected or copies are duplicated in a resource for sale.

When quotations from the Common English Bible (CEB) are used in non-saleable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies, or similar media (which includes one-time use during live audio or video streaming), the initials (CEB) may be used at the end of each quotation.

The CEB text may be quoted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor account for twenty-five percent (25%) of the written text of the total work or live event in which they are quoted.

“The preface of the Book of Worship entreats, ‘May God’s grace be with all who use this book,’” said Rev. Brian Milford, President & Publisher. “As we gather online for encouragement and worship while physically separated, the Publishing House wants every congregation to know that they are authorized to use this treasure trove of resources.”

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Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Celebrates Third Annual MLH Sunday

For the third consecutive year, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) encourages local congregations to observe MLH Sunday as a day of reflection and to celebrate the strong relationship between the healthcare system and local faith communities.

“Since beginning in 2018, which was our Centennial year, hundreds of Mid-South churches have recognized MLH Sunday with special prayers, music and scripture,” said Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lewis, Director of Community Partnerships for MLH’s Mission Integration Division. “Leaders across our health system have also attended worship services, delivered sermons and offered messages to local congregations.”

Unlike in past years when MLH Sunday was designated on a specific day, churches can select any Sunday before the end of the year to observe as their own MLH Sunday.

There’s an additional component to MLH Sunday this year. With many Memphis children struggling with their return to school, MLH is also asking congregations to assist the children of Shelby County whose education has been interrupted by COVID-19. Congregations can support BookNook, an innovative, effective technology-based literacy platform that improves literacy skills of thousands of children in our community.

In partnership with The Urban Child Institute, Shelby County Schools and the Methodist Healthcare Foundation, MLH launched BookNook learning sessions at sites across Memphis last year. These sessions, which are offered in after school programs at churches and community centers, will expand to Shelby County Schools this fall.

“The results are very encouraging,” said Lewis. “Last summer, ninety five percent of students who used BookNook either improved or maintained their reading level. During the school year, the average student gained the equivalent of 1.3 grade levels in reading aptitude. Now, with all the interruptions to school, it’s more important than ever to support our children. MLH is expanding this successful program to meet this unprecedented need, and we hope that congregations will join us in this ministry.”

For more on MLH Sunday, please visit methodisthealth.org/MLHSunday or contact Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lewis at jonathan.lewis@mlh.org.

To support BookNook with a donation, text MLHSunday to 41444.

48 Students Receive 2020 Dollars for Scholars Grants

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (August 17, 2020) – The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas is proud to make $48,000 in scholarship contributions to 48 students receiving 2020 Dollars for Scholars awards to begin or continue their education at United Methodist colleges, universities, and seminaries.

For each recipient, the students’ local churches gave $1,000 and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation matched that contribution. The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas gave $1,000, along with the student’s selected college contributing $1,000 for a significant $4,000
scholarship award to each student.

Undergraduate Students Home Church College
Mr. Lincoln G. Pritchard Asbury United Methodist Church. Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Benjamin L. Cogbill Asbury United Methodist Church. Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Maxwell Dawson Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Makala J. Strang Fairfield Bay United Methodist Church, Fairfield Bay, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Hannah N. Cozart Faith United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Oklahoma City University
Ms. Sydney R. Wagner First United Methodist Church, Bentonville, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Lauren Seckington First United Methodist Church, Bentonville, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Adam P. Kerr First United Methodist Church, Bentonville, AR Oklahoma City University
Ms. Allison M. Epperson First United Methodist Church, Bryant, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Tyler J. Odell First United Methodist Church, Clinton, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Lawson B. Points First United Methodist Church, Conway, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Joseph S. Winningham First United Methodist Church, Conway, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Gwen T. Boone First United Methodist Church, Conway, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Joseph R. Coker First United Methodist Church, Conway, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Rebekah L. Dodson First United Methodist Church, El Dorado, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Silas B. Myane First United Methodist Church, Farmington, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Robert C. Parker First United Methodist Church, Fort Smith, AR Southern Methodist University
Ms. Katherine G. M. Delony First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, TX Southern Methodist University
Ms. Anna E. R. Delony First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, TX Oklahoma City University
Ms. Lacey N. Crosby First United Methodist Church, Greenbrier, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Kyle A. Bounds First United Methodist Church, Greenbrier, AR Hendrix College
Mr. John M. Mathis First United Methodist Church, Greenbrier, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Madison R. Connaway United Methodist Church, Hot Springs, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Alexis S. Tanner First United Methodist Church, Russellville, AR Oklahoma City University
Ms. Alyssa M. Savage First United Methodist Church, Sheridan, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Creighton M. Polk First United Methodist Church, Wooster, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Samuel E. Adkisson, IV Lakeside United Methodist Church, Lake Village, AR Millsaps College
Ms. Lexie N. Burleson Lakewood United Methodist Church, North Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Stephanie J. Rodriguez Paris United Methodist Church, Paris, AR Central Methodist University
Ms. Gracie L. Singleton Portland United Methodist Church, Portland, AR Millsaps College
Ms. Jessalyn E. Hoskyn Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Lauren L. Berry Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Reece C. Forrest Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Robert P. Shannon, II Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Emma K. Piercy St. James United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Darryl D. Swinton, Jr. Theresa Hoover United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Clark Atlanta University
Ms. Annabelle N. Neilson Village United Methodist Church, Lake Village, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Jo’Nathan Yow Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Mr. Sandarius S. Gillisipe Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Ms. Valricka J. Mitchell Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Mr. Mark T. Ricard, II Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Ms. Myicara A. Spencer-Cole Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Mr. Jawan Wright Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Mr. Robert L. Nichols, III Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Ms. Paulina C. Webber Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Dillard University
Ms. Kelly J. Murray-Norman White Hall United Methodist Church, White Hall, AR Hendrix College

 

Seminary Student Home Church Seminary
Mr. Samuel M. Coker First United Methodist Church, Conway, AR Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“The board of the Methodist Foundation for Arkansas is pleased to award $48,000 in grants to Arkansas students attending United Methodist colleges and universities during the 2020-2021 school year,” said MFA President and CEO, Rev. J. Wayne Clark.

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is committed to helping students achieve their dreams by providing scholarship aid for United Methodist students attending 122 United Methodist-related institutions. The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, MFA is responsible for over 800 funds with combined assets over $175 million.

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For more information, contact:
Haley Walker Klein
501.664-8632 or hklein@methodistfoundationar.org

Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn dies

Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn dies

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Retired United Methodist Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn died last night (August 30, 2020) at home in Galveston, Texas, after a long battle with illness. 

He was elected to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church in July 1984. He was assigned to the Nebraska Area for 1984-1992. In 1992, he was assigned to the Houston Area where he served until his retirement in 2000.

Funeral arrangements are not complete, but it is likely that there will be a family-only burial in Ruston, Louisiana. A memorial service in Galveston, Texas, will be scheduled when it is safe to hold one sometime in the future.

His bio: https://www.unitedmethodistbishops.org/person-detail/2463672

United Methodist Global AIDS Committee Set to Host Free Webinar Series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee has announced plans to host a series of educational webinars that will be made available at facebook.com/UMCglobalaidsfund and archived on their website. The webinar series will be held during the following months: October 2020, November 2020, February 2021, April 2021 and June 2021.

These webinars will serve to educate, support and advocate for those affected by HIV/AIDS. The webinars will be free, no registration required and will be archived for later viewing.

The Rev. Don Messer, moderator of the first panel and a member of the Global AIDS Committee, says: “Humanity faces an unprecedented threat from three simultaneous pandemics:  HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and racism. As forums of education and advocacy, these webinars will call Christians to join in God’s healing mission and ministry in the world. Suffering, hunger, and poverty increase globally as COVID-19 reveals racial disparities in health and medical services. UNAIDS estimates an additional half million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa in the next year because of the confluence of these three pandemics. Not just Zoom calls, these are calls to action.”

The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee – established by the 2004 General Conference of The United Methodist Church – has sought to strengthen the church’s compassionate response to those affected with HIV/AIDs by helping to stem the tide of the pandemic through education and advocacy.

Details of the webinar series are below:

  • October 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. CT – COVID-19 and HIV & AIDS
    Theme: Explore how COVID-19 is impacting the global effort to reduce HIV infections and AIDS deaths. People locked down globally results in people with HIV not getting treatment, preventive medication or testing. People lack food, causing hunger & causing people to stop medications. UNAIDS has estimated that in sub-Sahara Africa an additional 500,000 people could die from AIDS in 2020-21.
  • December 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. CT: World AIDS Day Worship Service
    Theme:  World AIDS Day Service on Tuesday, December 1, will be available for anyone to access. This is sponsored by the Global AIDS Committee and its member agencies and the Center for Health and Hope.
  • February 1, 2021, 1:00 p.m. CT – Racial Disparities, HIV & AIDS
    Theme:  The “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative is a multi-level effort throughout The United Methodist Church to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice. Racial disparities are abundantly evident regarding HIV and AIDS and health care, HIV education, housing and populations most impacted by AIDS in the United States.
  • April 1, 2021, 1:00 p.m. CT – PrEP, HIV & AIDS
    Theme:  Church leaders generally have been silent, or negative, about promoting PrEP (pre exposure prophylaxis) in combatting HIV.  This forum will provide details about the medication globally, as well as a theological basis for Christians to encourage its usage.
  • June 1, 2021, 1:00 p.m. CT – Organizing HIV & AIDS Retreats/Camps
    Theme: Panelists will share their experiences organizing and attending retreats for people living with HIV or AIDS and their caregivers. These events can bring spiritual, emotional, social and psychological support to those living with the virus, as well as joy and affirmation.

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About the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee
The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee (UMGAC) provides resources and training to annual conferences and local churches, engaging them in HIV and AIDS education and advocacy. This work reduces stigma and provides greater opportunity for welcoming all people into the church. The committee, chaired by Bishop Julius Trimble, is comprised of members from the Council of Bishops, Division on Ministries with Young People, General Board of Church and Society, General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Communications and United Methodist Women.

Media Contact:
Diane Degnan presscenter@umcom.org
615.742.5406 (office) 615.483.1765 (cell)