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Virginia Methodists Offended Over Suggestion Bush Connected to Faith-Based UMC Program
ClergyNet_VaUMC Virginia Conference United Methodist Church Msg Board ^ | 26 January 2005 | ClergyNet_VaUMC (Virginia Methodists)

Posted on 01/28/2005 6:25:52 AM PST by mbarker12474

Initial Post:

From: "vaumccommunications" Date: Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:50 am Subject: About Virginia’s Children of Promise

Virginia's Children of Promise (VCOP) is a mentoring program provided by United Methodist Family Services (UMFS). It is made possible by Federal grant monies extended to faith-based organizations under President Bush's agenda. This program, and others like it, provides mentoring services to youth (6-15) with a parent incarcerated. UMFS has partnered with the Virginia Conference of United Methodist Churches and the All God's Children Camp to extend mentoring beyond one week of summer camp.

[snip... asking for support etc.]

Follow-up Post, 3 hours later:

From: "vaumccommunications" Date: Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:42 pm Subject: Amended Statement

I would like to amend a statement made under the Virginia's Children of Promise informational announcement. George Bush did not create the federal grants, he talked about them in a national speech endorsing faith based initiatives (Jan. 2003). I apologize if the initial statement offended anyone by connecting the United Methodist Church directly or indirectly with George Bush's agenda.... [snip]

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Virginia; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: bush43; faithbased; methodism; methodist; umc; unitedmethodist; virginiaconference
The poster informed me offline that "I have received many complaints about the "connection" between the UM church and Bush....."

The vocal left in the Virginia Conference of the UMC apparantly have duped the poster into retracting what was a truthful statement. The staff in Glen Allen (near Richmond) running the message board ( go along willingly on a ride with the lefties.

The offended complainers may simply be ignorant of President Bush's connections to this faith-based initiative with Virginia Methodists. I suspect that instead they are in fact blatantly dishonest, know full-well the connections, and simply cannot stomach the thought of Bush and Methodism coinciding in the same paragraph.

In any event, the libs at the Virginia ClergyNet message board never posted my statement of facts. The facts --- available in an internet search of about a minute --- are these:

The United Methodist Family Services office in Richmond Virginia is the recipient of $200,000 in federal grant funding from President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative, administered by the Department of Health & Human Service's Administration for Children and Families.

The UMFS organization is of course closely associated with the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, receiving $145,627 of Conference funding in 2003, collaboration with the CGBGM, posting priviliges in Clergy/LaityNet, and support and involvement in other ways.

This makes the UMC a rather direct partner with President George W. Bush and his faith-based agenda.

See for the President's Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

You can read the HHS press release at this link:

Or read it in text form here:

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, August 3, 2004 Contact: ACF Press Office (202) 401-9215

President Announces Mentoring Grants for Children of Prisoners

President Bush today announced $45.6 million in grants to provide mentors to children of prisoners. Aimed at helping some of the two million children who have at least one incarcerated parent, the grants are the latest in President Bush’s agenda of compassion in action.

“Mentors are the heroes who provide a trusting relationship with a child or youth in need,” HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said. “We know that youth outcomes can be improved with the help of a mentor. Today’s grants will give young Americans the hope and guidance they need to grow up to be successful, healthy adults.”

Research has found that significant physical absence of a parent has profound effects on child development. Children of incarcerated parents are seven times more likely to become involved in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. Parental arrest and confinement often lead to stress, trauma, stigmatization and separation problems for children. These problems may be compounded by existing poverty, violence, substance abuse, high-crime environments, child abuse and neglect, multiple caregivers and/or prior separations.

“Children of prisoners need mentors. They need caring, responsible and committed adults who can be role models, counselors and teachers,” said Dr. Wade F. Horn, HHS assistant secretary for children and families. “Youth who have parents in prison still have the same yearning and desire for a father or mother as any other child. These grants -- part of President Bush’s agenda of compassion in action -- will help give kids mentors who will make a difference in their lives.”

The grants are administered through HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, which received 581 applications this year for new grant money. Panels were conducted in Washington for two weeks in May and 164 grantees were selected, totaling $35 million. Some of the recipients include Volunteers of America in Louisiana, the Anchorage Children’s Home in Florida and Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Michigan. The awards are the first installment in three-year grants.

Additionally, five tribal grantees -- as announced by Secretary Thompson during a July 19 visit to the Navajo Nation -- won mentoring awards totaling $1.7 million. The awards are the first installment in three-year grants.

Finally, $8.9 million was awarded to organizations for their second year of mentoring service, continuing the three-year grants announced last year.

The mentoring children of prisoners program is a three-year initiative put forth by President Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address, fully funded this year by Congress. So far, approximately 6,000 kids have been mentored, with an expectation of 33,000 additional youth served as a result of the new grants. A complete list of organizations and grant awards is below:

Mentoring Children Of Prisoners Program FY 2004 Year-One First Installment


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska Juneau AK $300,000.00

Catholic Community Service Juneau AK $132,000.00

State of Alabama Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board Montgomery AL $900,000.00

Centers for Youth and Families Little Rock AR $573,000.00

Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services, Inc. Benson AZ $225,000.00

Comprehensive Youth Services of Fresno, Inc. Fresno CA $120,000.00

Imperial County Office of Education El Centro CA $360,000.00

Family Support Services of the Bay Area Oakland CA $175,000.00

Fresno Leadership Foundation dba One By One Leadership

Fresno CA $360,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County Tustin CA $183,000.00

Templo Calvario Santa Ana CA $128,000.00

YMCA of San Diego County San Diego CA $183,000.00

Alum Rock Counseling Center, Inc. San Jose CA $110,000.00

Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles CA $260,000.00

Redwood Community Action Agency Eureka CA $153,000.00

Project Avary, Inc. San Rafael CA $90,000.00

Tahoe Youth and Family Services South Lake Tahoe CA $65,000.00

Prevent Child Abuse California North Highlands CA $400,000.00

America On Track Santa Ana CA $130,000.00

Helpline Youth Counseling, Inc Norwalk CA $200,000.00

Proteus, Inc. Visalia CA $249,000.00

Peer Assistance Services, Inc. Denver CO $200,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc. Denver CO $314,000.00

Family & Children’s Agency, Inc Norwalk CT $100,000.00

Covenant to Care, Inc. Bloomfield CT $165,000.00

East Capitol Center for Change, Inc. Washington DC $150,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area Washington DC $510,000.00

Progressive Life Center, Inc. Washington DC $266,000.00

Professional Counseling Resources, Inc. Wilmington DE $700,000.00

Anchorage Children's Home of Bay County, Inc. Panama City FL $163,000.00

Children's Home Society of Florida West Palm Beach FL $2,000,000.00

Southeast Dade Ministerial Alliance Homestead FL $550,000.00

Florida Sunrise Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc. Jacksonville FL $160,000.00

Hands on Broward, Incorporated Oakland Park FL $175,000.00

Christians Reaching Out to Society, Inc. West Palm Beach FL $130,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Heart of Georgia Macon GA $123,000.00

RCIP, Inc Stone Mountain GA $175,000.00

Institute of Community and Organizational Development, Inc. Athens GA $240,000.00

Metro Atlanta Youth for Christ Decatur GA $165,000.00

Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. Honolulu HI $120,000.00

Serve Our Youth Network of Iowa Pella IA $175,000.00

Community Corrections Improvement Association Cedar Rapids IA $45,000.00

Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Pocatello ID $100,000.00

Passages Alternative Living Programs Chicago IL $150,000.00

Cra-Wa-La Volunteers in Probation Inc. Lawrenceville IL $216,000.00

Cook County Department of Public Health Oak Park IL $200,000.00

TASC, Inc. Chicago IL $350,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry Co. McHenry IL $118,000.00

Southern Illinois Regional Social Services Carbondale IL $88,000.00

Youth Network Council Chicago IL $200,000.00

Rockford MELD, Inc. Rockford IL $110,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois Belleville IL $166,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, Inc. Fort Wayne IN $130,000.00

Indiana Youth Services Association, Inc. Indianapolis IN $300,000.00

Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas Wichita KS $75,000.00

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc. Wichita KS $925,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana Louisville KY $117,000.00

Kentucky State University Frankfort KY $75,000.00

Lexington Leadership Foundation Lexington KY $220,000.00

Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans New Orleans LA $350,000.00

Big Buddy Program Baton Rouge LA $180,000.00

Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal New Orleans LA $300,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana, Inc. Lafayette LA $700,000.00

Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Southeast LA New Orleans LA $71,000.00

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, Inc. Framingham MA $75,000.00

New England Farm Workers' Council, Inc. Springfield MA $250,000.00

Home S.P.A.C.E. Inc.(Known as Aid) Boston MA $250,000.00

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston Boston MA $164,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Frederick County, Inc. Frederick MD $89,000.00

Children Having Incarcerated Parents, Inc. Baltimore MD $85,000.00

U.S. Dream Academy, Inc. Columbia MD $200,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Central Maryland Baltimore MD $500,000.00

Mayor's Office for Children, Youth, and Families Baltimore MD $300,000.00

Mission of Mercy Riverdale MD $75,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit Southfield MI $270,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint Flint MI $277,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County, Inc. Jackson MI $121,000.00

HelpSource Ann Arbor MI $75,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters Saginaw Bay Area Saginaw MI $110,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton and Ionia Counties

St. Johns MI $87,000.00

Bridge Builders for Kids(DBA) Lake City MN $150,000.00

Kinship of Greater Minneapolis Minneapolis MN $75,000.00

Camp Fire USA National Headquarters Kansas City MO $115,000.00

Assemblies of God Charities Springfield MO $150,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Boone County Columbia MO $382,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of MS Jackson MS $435,000.00

Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA Ocean Springs MS $115,000.00

Wayne County Youth Outreach Program, Inc. Goldsboro NC $100,000.00

Bridging the Gap of Eastern Carolina, Inc. Rocky Mount NC $155,000.00

Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Inc. Fayetteville NC $38,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Piedmont, Inc. Statesville NC $130,000.00

Youth Focus, Inc. Greensboro NC $57,000.00

The Village Family Service Center Fargo ND $42,400.00

Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln NE $87,000.00

Big Brothers and Sisters of Greater Nashua Nashua NH $135,000.00

Youth Consultation Service, Inc. Newark NJ $243,000.00

Paulsboro Community Development Center, Inc. Paulsboro NJ $325,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Camden & Gloucester Counties Audubon NJ $136,000.00

Center For Family Services, Inc Camden NJ $200,000.00

Liberty Community Development Corporation Plainfield NJ $75,000.00

First National Community Health Source Albuquerque NM $75,000.00

Youth Development, Inc. Albuquerque NM $87,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada Reno NV $250,000.00

Western Nevada Community College Carson City NV $125,000.00

Family Services of Westchester, Inc. Port Chester NY $90,000.00

Compeer, Inc. Rochester NY $148,000.00

Phoenix Houses of New York, Inc. Bronx NY $124,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, Inc. New York NY $150,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ulster County, Inc. Kingston NY $417,000.00

New York City Mission Society New York NY $200,000.00

Be-A-Friend Program, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County Buffalo NY $200,000.00

Hope Initiatives, CDC Rochester NY $160,000.00

Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc. New York NY $120,000.00

Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Cincinnati OH $450,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County Lorain OH $100,000.00

Renaissance Community Development Corporation Columbus OH $200,000.00

S.O.A.R. Development Corporation Forest Park OH $200,000.00

The James C. Williams Center for Advancement Toledo OH $102,000.00

Volunteers of America of Oklahoma, Inc. Tulsa OK $120,000.00

The University of Oklahoma Norman OK $700,000.00

The Boys and Girls Aids Society of Oregon Portland OR $150,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Portland Portland OR $175,000.00

The Next Door, Inc. Hood River OR $93,000.00

Beaver County MH/MR, D&A Program Beaver Falls PA $100,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bedford and Somerset Counties Somerset PA $90,000.00

United Communities Southeast Philadelphia Philadelphia PA $200,000.00

Every Child, Inc. Pittsburgh PA $127,000.00

UCP South Central PA Hanover PA $80,000.00

People for People Inc. Philadelphia PA $126,000.00

Programa de Apoyo y Enlace Comunitario, Inc. Aguada PR $135,000.00

Big Sisters of Rhode Island Cranston RI $76,000.00

Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education Providence RI $110,000.00

Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Inc. Greenville SC $195,000.00

Clemson University Clemson SC $200,000.00

We Stand for Kids Anderson SC $65,000.00

A Better Way Columbia SC $88,000.00

Northeast Community Services Agency Johnson City TN $112,000.00

Knoxville Leadership Foundation Knoxville TN $156,000.00

Families of Incarcerated Individuals, Inc. Memphis TN $175,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee Nashville TN $1,000,000.00

Community Solutions of El Paso Incorporated El Paso TX $114,000.00

Sam Houston State University Huntsville TX $100,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso, Inc. El Paso TX $100,000.00

Deep East Texas Council of Government Jasper TX $118,000.00

Families Under Urban and Social Attack, Inc. Houston TX $100,000.00

WABC-Central City Comprehensive Community Center Houston TX $175,000.00

West Dallas Community Centers, Inc. Dallas TX $140,000.00

Communities in Schools-McLennen County Youth Collaboration Waco TX $375,000.00

Northeast Texas Community College Foundation Mount Pleasant TX $114,000.00

South Fair Community Development Corporation Dallas TX $240,000.00

Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters Galveston TX $26,000.00

United Methodist Family Services Richmond VA $200,000.00

International Medical Services for Health dba INMED Partnerships for Children Sterling VA $150,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Hampton Roads Chesapeake VA $100,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia Roanoke VA $75,000.00

Educational Service District 101 Spokane WA $266,000.00

Children's Home Society of Washington Seattle WA $315,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of King and Pierce Counties Seattle WA $257,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington Vancouver WA $146,000.00

Madison-area Urban Ministry Madison WI $180,000.00

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee Milwaukee WI $275,000.00

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Greater Milwaukee Milwaukee WI $500,000.00

First Christian Church of Cheyenne Cheyenne WY $157,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Wyoming Laramie WY $200,000.00

Sub-Total $35,030,400

Tribal Mentoring Children Of Prisoners Program FY 2004 Year-One First Installment


The Navajo Nation Window Rock AZ $740,000.00

Dry Creek Rancheria of Poma Indians Geyserville CA $34,000.00

Blackfeet Tribal Business Council Browning MT $354,000.00

Wakanyeja Pawicayapi, Inc. Porcupine SD $500,000.00

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Keshena WI $61,000.00

Tribal Sub-Total $1,689,000

Mentoring Children Of Prisoners Program FY 2003 Year-Two-Second Installment FY 2003


Alabama Attorney General's Office Montgomery AL $461,568

Center For Youth and Families, Inc Little Rock AR $525,000

MatchPoint of Arizona, Inc. Phoenix AZ $75,000

Pima Prevention Partnership Tucson AZ $195,000

Centerforce, Inc San Rafael CA $70,000

Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Planning Sacramento CA $270,000

Northern Valley Catholic Social Services Redding CA $120,000

Path of Life Ministries Riverside CA $480,000

San Diego Youth and Community Services, Inc San Diego CA $150,000

Denver County Area Youth Services Denver CO $100,000

Governor's Partnership to Protect Connecticut; Workforce, Inc. Hartford CT $225,000

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Hartford CT $270,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of DE, Inc Wilmington DE $82,500

Hawaii Youth Services Network Honolulu HI $165,000

Franklin Williamson Human Services, Inc West Frankfort IL $75,000

Indiana Behavioral Health Choices, Inc. Indianapolis IN $172,500

YMCA of Greater Louisville Louisville KY $52,500

Community Service Center, Inc. New Orleans LA $62,500

Breaking the Chains Foundation Hyattsville MD $120,000

Center for Children LaPlata MD $47,044

US Dream Academy, Inc. Columbia MD $420,000

Volunteers of America Northern New England Brunswick ME $120,000

Alternatives for Girls Detroit MI $100,000

Volunteers in Prevention, Probation, and Prisons, Inc Detroit MI $240,000

Search Institute Minneapolis MN $150,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri St. Louis MO $193,500

Missoula County Missoula MT $60,000

Montana Human Resources Development Council Directors Bozeman MT $112,500

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte Charlotte NC $238,500

Chatham County Together! Pittsboro NC $30,000

Girl Scouts of Rolling Hills Council North Branch NJ $60,000

San Juan County Partnership, Inc. Farmington NM $200,000

Center For Community Alternatives, Inc Syracuse NY $150,000

Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families New York NY $75,000

The Osborne Association, Inc Long Island City NY $75,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Central Ohio, Inc. Columbus OH $256,932

Little Dixie Community Action Agency Hugo OK $60,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Portland Portland OR $105,000

Committed Partners for Youth Eugene OR $75,000

Deschutes County Bend OR $62,500

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern PA Philadelphia PA $450,000

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Bucks County, Inc Jamison PA $82,000

Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation Pittsburgh PA $180,000

The Salvation Army, a New York Corporation Philadelphia PA $95,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alamo Area San Antonio TX $487,500

City of Longview Longview TX $175,000

Montgomery County Youth Services, Inc Conroe TX $75,000

South Plains Community Action Association, Inc. Levelland TX $90,000

Center For Multicultural Human Services Falls Church VA $100,000

Girl Scouts-Totem Council Seattle WA $67,500

Volunteers of America Western Washington Everett WA $165,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee Milwaukee WI $400,000

FY 2004 Sub-Total $35,030,400

FY 2004 Tribal Sub-Total $1,689,000

FY 2003 Sub-Total $8,869,544

Total $45,588,944

1 posted on 01/28/2005 6:25:53 AM PST by mbarker12474
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To: mbarker12474

President Bush would be welcomed into the So Baptist Church.

2 posted on 01/28/2005 6:54:49 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ('We voted like we prayed")
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To: mariabush

50 years ago, the United Methodist Church would be under investigation by the House Un-American Acivities Committee.
Like the Episcopalians and Prebyterians their hierarchies have strayed far from the paths of orthodox Christianity and further actively fund anti-American activites like anti-Second Amendment Legislation, anti-war groups, etc.

Mainstream Christians in the Methodist Church should either take back onctrol of thier institution from the perverse and wicked leaders who have seized control of it, or vote with their feet and tithes and go elsewhere. As you suggested, the Baptists are a possibility - ther are others.

3 posted on 01/28/2005 7:01:52 AM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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My Brother's family are Methodist and they are really having a hard time trying to reconcile their convictions with those of their church.

4 posted on 01/28/2005 7:05:00 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ('We voted like we prayed")
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To: mariabush

Ditto here. I don't where to go myself yet.

5 posted on 01/28/2005 7:05:55 AM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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I agree. It's hard to be a Methodist today. Fortunately, congregations in the South and Plains states are quite conservative. Change at the upper levels of the church will take time. It's better to work within the system than to abandon it, in my opinion.

6 posted on 01/28/2005 7:18:03 AM PST by Tigerjam
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