The 12th National Gathering of United Methodist Men took place July 7-8 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. The congregation and staff joined together to be most graciously hospitable.
Themed as “Discipleship: The Contact Sport,” men learned through a variety of opportunities just how to make the “contact” that leads to Christian discipleship. WesleyMen, the men’s affiliate organization of the World Methodist Council, hosted a table to help men learn the basics of FastPrayGive (see FastPrayGive.org), the central ministry of WesleyMen. By fasting one meal per week, praying for the world’s hungry during that time, and donating $8.00/month, anyone can experience the Wesleyan “means of grace” and have an impact on hunger. The monthly donation is enough to fund a meal a day through WesleyMen’s meal packaging partner, Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). For more information, please contact Steve Hickle, president of WesleyMen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Andy Morris, executive director of WesleyMen (email@example.com).
Men also “made contact” through bagging sweet potatoes (Society of St Andrew), assembling/disassembling “personal energy transportation” units for disabled people (Mobility Worldwide), and building wheelchair ramps (Servants at Work). Other sorts of “contact” were made through Kairos Prison Ministry, The Class Meeting, and The Upper Room Prayer Line.
Former NBA player Shan Foster brought a powerful message that called men to stand against domestic violence. An initiative of the YWCA in Nashville, Tennessee, MEND trains teens and young men to respect women and safely intervene in a culture where sexual harassment, rape , nd domestic violence are all too common. The rousing response from the men indicated that they, too, were ready to stand together against domestic violence.