Bennett, Belle Harris
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Bennett, Belle Harris

Called to Justice “The field is wide, the need is great. God loves us. Let us do the work he has committed to our hands, and let us be much in prayer for wisdom and guidance.”  —Belle Harris Bennett, from an address to the Woman’s Missionary Council, c. 1920 Belle Harris Bennett, born to a...

Dorothy Ravenhorst, Peg Tyrrell, and the Charter for Racial Justice
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Dorothy Ravenhorst, Peg Tyrrell, and the Charter for Racial Justice

Courageous advocates for racial justice United Methodist Women member Dorothy Ravenhorst was proud when her Virginia Conference Woman’s Society of Christian Service adopted the Charter for Racial Justice in midst of the Civil Rights Movement. “It was during this turbulent time in May 1965 that our conference president, Margaret (Peg) Tyrrell, decided to bring the Charter for Racial Justice forward to...

Poland and Danzig Mission
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Poland and Danzig Mission

The first annual meeting of the Poland and Danzig Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church South (MECS), forerunner of the present-day UMC in Poland, was held on August 24–27, 1922 in Warsaw. Formally launched the year before, the mission was the result of outreach and humanitarian work after World War I.  The mission included congregations,...

Gulfside Assembly [Waveland, Mississippi]
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Gulfside Assembly [Waveland, Mississippi]

Historic Center for African-American Mission Gulfside Assembly, Waveland, Mississippi, has a distinguished mission history, beginning as a unique Gulf Coast Methodist retreat for African Americans in the 1920s. It received United Methodist Landmark Heritage status at the 2016 General Conference, though at the time in terms of facilities it had only an open-air prayer chapel....

Jones, Jr., Tracey K.
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Jones, Jr., Tracey K.

Missionary, Executive, Author The Rev. Tracey K. Jones Jr., was among the last Christian missionaries to enter China before the country was closed to outside church personnel in 1950; he would serve as head of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries from 1968 to 1980, and he authored of the most widely used mission...

Moore, Bishop Arthur J.
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Moore, Bishop Arthur J.

“Mr. Mission” Bishop Arthur J. Moore was “Mr. Mission” for a generation of Methodists in the middle of the 20th century. He was president of the unified Board of Missions of The Methodist Church (forerunner of the Board of Global Ministries) from its founding in 1940 through 1956, and had played a pivotal role in...

Moore, Jr., Arthur J
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Moore, Jr., Arthur J

Mission Editor Arthur J. Moore, Jr. was for 34 years an editor of the mission magazine of The Methodist Church, then The United Methodist Church, first with World Outlook, and later the editor in chief of New World Outlook for 22 years. At its peak, the publication has a circulation of more than 100,000.  He...

Valdez, Rosa
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Valdez, Rosa

Brave Servant to Immigrant Children in Tampa Rosa Valdez was a brave Hispanic woman moved by the plight of immigrant children arriving in her hometown of Tampa, Florida, in the late 19th century when segregation was the law of the land. The children were banned from public schools, so Ms. Valdez used her own funds and, with...

Hope for the Hopeless
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Hope for the Hopeless

Hope for the Hopeless rescues, rehabilitates, reconnects abandoned and orphaned children in Ethiopia. The children are rescued from the streets where they are victimized and provided a safe family environment to heal and thrive. They are nurtured in body, mind and spirit. Through counselling and rehabilitation, they are reconnected to school and loving relationships and...

Trinity Opportunity Alliance (TOA)
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Trinity Opportunity Alliance (TOA)

At eighteen, youth who are in foster care are no longer the responsibility of the state and are considered “aged out.” With no support system, little if any work experience, and minimal education, many of these young people are unemployed and become homeless. What role can a faith community play in helping these young people...