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May 12, 2016 · Issue 10

In this issue of connectNmission, read an excerpt of the Rev. Pat Watkins’ journey in exploring the relationships between the earth, faith, and caring for God’s creation; download a collection of resources in observance of Peace with Justice Sunday, May 22; watch a video of Missionary Katherine Parker helping women in Nepal test water samples for possible contamination; and learn about upcoming events.
In Paris, attending COP21, are members of the Global Creation Care Ministry Team.
As a missionary in Nigeria in the 1990s, I learned an important life lesson. Given the isolated nature of our village, even the local Nigerians said that we lived “at the end of the earth.” As a result, I had to learn to live my life in relationship with the way the earth around me lived its life. This was something I had never before experienced. For example, there was a mango tree in our backyard, but we could have mangoes only when they were in season. When they weren’t in season, we couldn’t go to the market and buy some flown in from South America.

Also, in our part of Nigeria, there was a rainy season and a dry season. We had to plan our trips to the city to buy supplies during the dry season because in the heart of the rainy season we couldn’t travel outside our village by road. The rivers overflowed and there were no bridges, so when the water got too deep to drive through, we couldn’t go anywhere.

So, in planning my own life, I was forced to consider the life of the earth around me.

Continue reading this article by the Rev. Pat Watkins, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries. The article is among several features found in the May–June 2016 issue of New World Outlook magazine that focuses on the subject of climate justice and caring for creation.

Download this bulletin insert and other resources for Peace with Justice Sunday, May 22.
Peace with Justice Sunday is May 22. Gifts to this Special Sunday offering support United Methodist peace with justice ministries through conferences and the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.

A collection of resources in the Peace with Justice Pastor and Leader’s Kit are available for download to help promote this Special Sunday in your church. This kit has everything you need to empower your congregation to give generously. Choose from church bulletins, videos for social media, children’s sermons, and so much more.


On “Beyond the Anchor Cross: Mission From Everywhere to Everywhere,” a series featuring Global Ministries missionaries from around the globe, Missionary Katherine T. Parker, a California native serving in Nepal, shares how she is helping rural women in Nepal better understand the water they use for drinking and other household purposes.

Parker teaches the women how to take water samples and test them for bacteria, so they can make informed decisions to protect the health of their families and communities.

The video was produced by the Rev. Paul Jeffrey, missionary and photojournalist for Global Ministries.

Watch now to learn more.


May 10 – 20
General Conference 2016

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church and meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy, and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs.

Sunday, May 15

Celebrate the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church with worship resources from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.

Sunday, May 22
Peace with Justice Sunday

Offerings given to this Special Sunday support United Methodist peace with justice ministries through annual conferences and the General Board of Church and Society.

Sunday, May 22
Heritage Sunday

The United Methodist Church celebrates Heritage Sunday on the Sunday before Aldersgate Day, May 24, when John Wesley had his spiritual rebirth. This year, United Methodists also mark the 200th anniversaries of the death of Francis Asbury and the birth of our sister denomination, the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Use and share these liturgical resources for Heritage Sunday.

August 17–20
School of Congregational Development 2016

“Into the Deep”
Evanston, Illinois

The School of Congregational Development is a premier event for equipping conference leaders, clergy, and laity to lead vital, dynamic, life-changing congregations. Sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, Global Ministries, and Path 1, this year’s event is being hosted by the Northern Illinois Conference and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Register here.

Photos in order of appearance: Marietjie Odendaal, United Methodist Communications, and Paul Jeffrey

Image 1: In Paris, attending COP21, are members of the Global Creation Care Ministry Team: Sotico Pagulayan, Pat Watkins, Anahi’ Alberti D’Amato, Susan Mullin, and Jefferson Knight. Photo: Marietjie Odendaal

Image 2: Download this bulletin insert and other resources for Peace with Justice Sunday, May 22. Image: United Methodist Communications

Image 3: Missionary Katherine Parker collects water samples with women in Nepal. Video Still: Paul Jeffrey