Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Apportionments At Work

I received this email yesterday and I am glad that through the Black College Fund Wiley can celebrate it’s past. What I liked about this email is that it was not a lame promotion of a United Methodist affiliated college in the movies, but an opportunity to talk to congregations out there about how our apportionments work. The Black College Fund is important so historical Black Colleges can create educational opportunities for future generations.

Here is the email:

Dear Partner in Ministry,
Here’s information to share with your congregation about an upcoming movie. It’s a wonderful holiday opportunity for youth and other groups in the church to go together to see the film and, perhaps, discuss afterward. Please share this e-mail with your congregation.
Wiley College stars on the silver screen and in real life
A little-known “David and Goliath” story is coming to life on the silver screen in the Christmas 2007-release “The Great Debaters.” Denzel Washington portrays Melvin B. Tolson, a Wiley College professor who in 1935 inspired students to form the school’s first debate team and challenge the University of Southern California (shown as Harvard in the film) in a national championship. Despite incredible odds, Wiley beat Southern California—and a score of other oratorical powerhouses.Wiley, located in Marshall, Texas, is one of the denomination’s 11 historically Black colleges and universities which graduate about a fourth of all African-American college students. For more than a century, these institutions have enriched minds and led the way in education, medicine, politics, religion and science. The Black College Fund is critical to the survival and growth of United Methodism’s historically Black colleges and universities. You can support leadership for life by encouraging your congregation to pay its Black College Fund apportionment 100 percent. Help Wiley College and other historically African-American institutions to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Contribute to the legacy. Thank you!To get the latest information on “The Great Debaters” and to learn more about Wiley and other institutions supported by the Black College Fund, please go to:

Cynthia A. Bond Hopson, Ph.D.Assistant General Secretary, Black College Fund
This email is a courtesy of :United Methodist Communications810 12th Avenue SouthNashville, TN 37203

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