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September 30, 2015 · Issue 18

This issue of Connect N’ Mission highlights the World Communion Scholarship program and offers resources in observance of World Communion Sunday, October 4.

World Communion Sunday 2015
Thanks to the World Communion Scholarship (WCS) Program, Annie Solis Escalante, among many other global scholars, has advanced her studies and leadership development capacities and applied her newly-acquired skills and knowledge to her mission work. After Escalante completed her master’s degree in social management at the Cayetano Heredia University in Peru, she applied to be a Global Mission Fellow to build her experience in working to support marginal communities.

Escalante says: “That experience helped me to understand the current needs of churches and the boundaries that need to be crossed to reach justice and peace. Social justice issues are not yet fully addressed by churches, especially at the grassroots level. It seems like there is a divide between churches and society.”

Alease Brown from Long Island, New York, applied to become a World Communion National Scholar at Stellenbosch University in Western Cape, South Africa. She was motivated to pursue a Ph.D. in South Africa after completing an internship at Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town, which Brown stated was, “a life-changing experience.” She did this internship as part of her M.Div. program with Duke University.

WCS is a historic scholarship program of The United Methodist Church that supports United Methodist students and others who are directly related to Global Ministries’ mission partners by helping them further their master’s or doctoral studies at universities or seminaries. Scholars come from across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and from communities of color in the United States.

World Communion Sunday is a worldwide, ecumenical celebration on the first Sunday of October (Oct. 4). This offering supports leadership development around the world, primarily through WCS. It is one of the six special Sundays set aside by United Methodists to support denomination-wide ministries.

Your generous gifts to the World Communion Sunday offering make a difference in the mission capabilities of future leaders like Escalante and Brown, as well as for the communities in which they serve, now and in the future. Gifts to the World Communion Scholarships, Advance #982161, provides scholarships for advanced study to increase leadership development in both church and society.

Download this World Communion Sunday bulletin insert and watch this video to learn more.


September 15 – October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture and traditions of Hispanic Americans. The observance begins in mid-September because the 15th is the anniversary of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; the 16th for Mexico; and the 18th for Chile.

October 15-17, 2015

Do No Harm 2015 Conference: Best Practices for Health, Accountability and Wholeness
Crown Plaza Hotel, Chicago O'Hare

Do No Harm is a sexual ethics summit addressing the most recent developments and challenges in prevention of and response to abuse, misconduct, and harassment of a sexual nature, particularly by people in ministerial roles (both lay and clergy) within The United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women is the sponsor.