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Year 1: Sandy recovery — Mission teams needed

Don Howald (left) gives instructions to a United Methodist volunteer team from the California-Pacific Annual (regional) Conference as they prepare to work on  a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, N.Y., a part of Long Island. The home is elevated on concrete pilings, raising it above neighboring homes. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose.

Since many volunteer in mission teams plan six months in advance, the advertisement and recruitment for spring and summer of 2014 is crucial right now, says UMCOR’s disaster relief coordinator for the U.S. Recovery from Sandy is expected to take years, so relief coordinators have to keep Sandy on the front-burner for a long time.

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Year 1: Sandy recovery — ‘Love Methodist volunteers’

A United Methodist volunteer team from the California-Pacific Annual (regional) Conference prepares to work on a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, N.Y., a part of Long Island. The home is elevated on concrete pilings to help avoid future flooding, requiring the team to climb a ladder to the living space.

’Volunteers are the backbone of United Methodist disaster response and nobody knows that better than the people who set up the work opportunities. “I love my Methodist volunteers,” declared Gillian Prince, who works in the New York Conference’s Brooklyn relief office. “They are the best…they come in ready and willing to work.”

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Year 1: Sandy recovery — Management the key

Lou Strugala (right) checks in with volunteer Sid Riddick as he repairs damage from Hurricane Sandy at a home in Atlantic City, N.J. Riddick was part of a volunteer team from Matthews (N.C.) United Methodist Church. Strugala is director of construction for A Future With Hope, a long-term recovery program of the Greater New Jersey Conference of The United Methodist Church.

A rebuild averages four to five months but could take up to a year, but The United Methodist Church has become well known for disaster case management. “UMCOR is the gold standard,” said Bobbie Ridgely, director of A Future with Hope, Greater New Jersey’s Sandy relief organization.

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Year 1: Sandy recovery — Volunteers a ‘lifeline’

Gillian Prince (right), who helps coordinate United Methodist relief work in Brooklyn, hugs Hazel Gordon at her home in the Carnarsie section of Brooklyn in New York. United Methodist volunteers helped repair Gordon's home  after it was flooded by Hurricane Sandy.

“He was standing there, but what I saw was God standing there in the midst of the destruction,” said Nancy Werner of the Rev. Jeffry Wells, pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa, N.Y. “The outreach of The United Methodist Church has overwhelmed me. It was our lifeline.”

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Year 1: Sandy recovery — Different needs everywhere

The historic Sheepshead Bay United Methodist Church in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. A volunteer team from Covenant Community United Methodist Church in Asheville, N.C., is helping make repairs.

From Santiago, Cuba to Criswell, Md., to Far Rockaway, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Long Island and the Jersey shore, the recovery efforts began. The survivors shared common threads of need: immediate relief, assessment, repair, rebuilding and renewal from the emotional and spiritual toll. Learn what United Methodists did.

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Year 1: Sandy recovery — The work of many hands

Pastor Matthew Schaeffer assesses damage from Hurricane Sandy in the Staten Island borough of New York in the midst of a nor’easter snowstorm. Schaeffer is pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church in Staten Island.

For months after a storm named Sandy swept through Atlantic City, N.J., Rick Hall got wet if he slept in his bedroom on rainy nights.

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Bloombytes: Seeing Mandela in New York


Perhaps no group was more excited when Nelson Mandela visited New York in 1990 than the religious folk and civil rights leaders who greeted him at Riverside Church on June 21 to celebrate his release from prison four months earlier. It is a joy that lingers years later as the entire world helps Mandela celebrate …

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Bishop McLee Responds to Same-Sex Marriage Story


Many of you may have read the recently published article in The New York Times that centered on same sex marriage and The United Methodist Church. The confidentiality requirements of the complaint process prevent me from discussing the case in detail. However, as is the case on many issues confronting the church today, there are multiple perspectives associated with human sexuality.

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Lenten Mission Bringing Forth 40 New Hymns

Eric Buggie is covering the wall of his practice room with copies of the hymns he has written at Hamden Plains UMC.

BY JOANNE S. UTLEY While many people are devoting more time to prayer and reflection during Lent, Eric Buggie will be spending additional hours at the piano. Buggie, who is the music director at Hamden Plains United Methodist Church in Hamden, Conn., has committed to write “40 hymns for 40 days” during Lent. And at …

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U.N. begins session on violence against women

An international delegation sponsored by United Methodist Women is joining some 6,000 representatives of civil society to participate in the March 4-15 meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.

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