CFUM, Inc. extends enormous THANKS for the valued partnership with each of you in ministry.

Reminder: With closure of CFUM, Inc. (January 1, 2015) Doug Bailey will be available for limited urban church consultations.

Please email him at: baileydm@wfu.edu  

 

 

December E-News

C. S. Lewis is reported to have written: God is wild, you know”. So come, wild Emmanuel!

Crack open the eyes and hearts of our global
and local villages. 
Awaken the souls of churches who dwell
within our cities.
Emmanuel Season hopes for and celebrates
our hidden, yet present God.

In this season of Ebola, ISIS and raw Racism freshly revealed... In this season when unaccompanied children are on our borders... In this season when children are trafficked for sex and labor... We long for the Holy Child who meets “the hopes and fears of all the years" this night, this dawn, this afternoon.
 
Come, wild Emmanuel. 

Urge our churches to reflect authentic Light for “people who live in a land of deep darkness". Cause prophetic clergy and congregations to reveal the Voice and Body of “the Word become flesh” in city streets, in courtrooms and boardrooms, in healing and hurt, in loss and love. Come, worldly God. Make us a Godly world. 

When race and class cry out for treason, 
When sirens call for war, 
They overshout the voice of reason 
And scream till we ignore 
All we held dear before. 

Yet I believe beyond believing, 
That life can spring from death: 
That growth can flower from our grieving; 
That we can catch our breath 
And turn transfixed by faith. 


O Child of ecstasy and sorrows,
O Prince of peace and pain,         
Brighten today's world by tomorrow's,
Renew our lives again;
Lord Jesus, come and reign!
(from Each Winter as the Year Grows Older)

 

 

CFUM Grants Awarded

In this season of Expectation and Birth, our Center for Urban Ministry, Inc. is in a season of closure and farewell.
After praying over and wrestling with many grant applications, the Board of CFUM, Inc. announces the distribution of our remaining assets through grants to the following recipients:
  • Christian Fellowship Congregational Church (UCC), San Diego, CA for seed funding for a Children's Defense Fund Freedom School.
  • The BEACON, Inc., an outreach ministry of Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, Texas for expanding their Beacon Law Ministry for persons seeking housing.
  • Washington United Church of Christ (UCC), Cincinnati, Ohio for educational curriculum for many mission groups making pilgrimage to this inner city church to assist, learn, experience and re-create in their churches.
  • First United Methodist Church, Sacramento, CA for a Culinary Arts Program assisting underserved people in their year-round arts program. This involves education and gardening for production of their own healthy food.
  • St. John's Episcopal Church, Columbus (Franklinton), Ohio to expand Growing Place program of food, education, community organizing for a teaching urban garden through partnership with nearby elementary school.
  • Central Cities Ministries, Inc., Fargo, SD for provision of emergency transportation for economically vulnerable people to receive needed services, many of which provided by CCM, Inc.
  • St. Anna's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA for the expansion of their health clinic to provide a free Children's Eye Clinic in Seventh Ward and Treme, their church neighborhood plagued by poverty, violence and children without access for eye examinations.
  • St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Memphis, TN for the enlargement  of a Memorial Leadership Series for quality workshops for metropolitan clergy and congregational leaders in urban and social justice ministry.
  • Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry, Inc. at First Presbyterian Church  Germantown, Philadelphia, PA for expansion of multi-services with at risk residents of Northwest Philadelphia.
  • Open Gym Outreach Program at Roseville Presbyterian Church, Newark, NJ. for expansion of basketball program, school tutoring, mentoring, meals, etc. for inner-city at risk young men and families.
  • Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, Portland, OR for growth and creation of new food programs with nearby elementary school, and summer school food services.
  • Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC for expansion of transportation services for daily Round Table Fellowships with homeless and vulnerable populations.
  • Norma Phriem Urban Outreach Initiatives, Inc. of United Congregational Church (UCC), Bridgeport, CT for expanding fresh produce for low income and homeless families through church-based Farmers Market and Food Pantry.

 CFUM, Inc. extends enormous THANKS for the valued partnership with each of you in ministry.