By United Methodist News Service
The Rev. Paul Dirdak has left his position as chief executive of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, effective Jan. 31. His departure was announced by the Rev. R. Randy Day, chief executive of the Board of Global Ministries, UMCOR’s parent agency. Dirdak, who had led UMCOR since 1998, also oversaw Mission Volunteers and Health and Welfare Ministries for the board during his tenure. Dirdak resigned to pursue new professional opportunities, according to a statement from the board. He said he was pleased “to have been a part of the expansion of UMCOR’s capacity.” The Rev. Sam Dixon, a staff executive who currently oversees the board’s evangelization and church growth unit, will assume Dirdak’s duties on an interim basis.
UM churches provide 21M food servings
Last year, 386 United Methodist churches provided nearly 21 million servings of fresh, nourishing food to hungry Americans by donating $414,615 to the Society of St. Andrew, a national nonprofit hunger relief ministry and an Advance Special (#801600) of The United Methodist Church. Each church partnering with the society saved an average of nearly 18,000 pounds of food that provided 53,500 servings to the hungry. Partner churches were responsible for 27 percent of the 25.5 million pounds of produce that the society saved and distributed across the nation in 2006. For more information about the Society of St. Andrew’s hunger relief ministry and becoming a “partner church,” call 800-333-4597, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.endhunger.org.
Event celebrates diaconal ministries
Thirty years of diaconal ministry in The United Methodist Church will be recognized at the Celebrating Diakonia Conference on April 19-22 in
Groups want education act revised
As Congress considers reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind education act, civic and religious groups believe changes are needed to ensure that no child is left behind in the
Web site fosters online community
UMC.org, the Web site of The United Methodist Church, has been retooled with new technologies to bring people around the world together in new ways. Unveiled Jan. 29, the site is home to the first large-scale social networking community developed by a mainline denomination for people of faith. Similar to but offered as an alternative to MySpace and Facebook, the new social network is open to people of all faiths and is accessible day or night.
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