UMC, DCS End 2-Day Stakeholders Round Table Discussion

first_imgThe Department of Community Services of the Liberia Annual Conference (LAC) of the United Methodist Church (UMC) has ended a two-day round table discussion for the extension of the Community Integrated Education Program (CIEP). The exercise is part of efforts to buttress national government in her quest to implement development programs across the country. Ms. Emma Okai, the director of the Department of Community Services (DCS), said her department is a not-for-profit development arm of the UMC and has been operating since 2006 by providing those necessary facilities to various communities throughout the country. Such projects include installation of hand pumps, clinics, schools, guest houses, as well as under taking agriculture initiatives, among others.The two-day round table discussion was held in Gbarnga, Bong County from July 10 to 11 at a resort, which brought together stakeholders from Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties.According Ms. Okai, the round table discussion is mainly aimed at knowing the areas of needs of the communities and how the needs of participants would be addressed.She further indicated that DCS is set out to make practical the Missions of the Church to provide concrete, holistic, sustained and Comprehensive development for God’s people irrespective of religion, nationality, sex, color or creed, all across the length and breadth of Liberia in all basic areas of human development.Also speaking on behalf of the participants, Nimba County Health Officer, Dr. Collins S. Bowah, commended the UMC DCS for hosting such an important event, which gathered the development needs of the locals.Meanwhile, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Brown, the Monrovia District Superintendent of the LAC, who represented Bishop John G. Innis, congratulated their Norwegian partner, Mission Alliance, for being a blessing to the church and to Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Preacher’s wife convicted of voluntary manslaughter

first_imgSELMER, Tenn. – A preacher’s wife who claimed her husband abused her was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday for killing him with a shotgun she said fired accidentally as she aimed at him. Mary Winkler showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Prosecutors had sought a first-degree murder conviction, but the jury settled on the lesser charge after deliberating for eight hours. She faces three to six years in prison but would be eligible for parole after serving about one-third of the sentence. If Winkler, 33, had been convicted of first- or second-degree murder, she would have gone to prison for at least 12 years and maybe for the rest of her life. Her lawyers said Mary Winkler’s testimony was decisive. “They had to hear it from Mary; there was no other source,” defense attorney Steve Farese said. Winkler told jurors in powerful testimony Wednesday that her husband, Matthew, abused her physically and sexually, but she said she did not pull the trigger and the shotgun went off accidentally as she pointed it at him. The prosecution said it was ludicrous to suggest the shooting was an accident. Assistant District Attorney General Walt Freeland said bank managers were closing in on a check-kiting scheme that Mary Winkler wanted to conceal from her husband. Matthew Winkler, a 31-year-old preacher at the Fourth Street Church of Christ, was found in the church parsonage shot in his back in March 2006. One day later, his wife was arrested on the Alabama coast, driving the family minivan with their three young daughters. Matthew Winkler’s father, who is also a preacher, thanked the jury and thanked God for being “our rock and our shield” during the trial.last_img read more