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The Wesley Foundation at Southwestern Oklahoma State University has received a $12,000 grant through the Young Clergy Initiative approved by the 2012 General Conference.

The ministry in Weatherford is one of 75 projects to receive a total of $5.5 million.

Campus minister Elizabeth Horton-Ware wrote in the application: "This project provides college students with short-term internships in local congregations for the duration of nine months (school year). The internship includes regular training." (General Board of Higher Education & Ministry)

Every year since its founding in 2007, the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum within the World Council of Churches (WCC) has organized a World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel. This year, it will be Sept. 21-27 and will focus on the critical issue of prisoners.

The Forum has prepared resources for that week in worship, education, and advocacy for peace and justice. These will be posted on the Forum’s website and Facebook page.

The United Methodist Church is a member of the WCC. (General Board of Church & Society)

In Virginia, Superintendent Steve Jones is asking the churches in his district to support his 26.2-mile run in the Chicago Marathon in October. He is running to raise $7,500 for the denomination’s Imagine No Malaria campaign. (United Methodist News Service)

Nell Noonan writes in the May-June Interpreter Magazine: "According to November 2012 statistics from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, I am one of 65.7 million unpaid caregivers for family or friends in the United States … I was well into the seven and one-half years of my caregiving odyssey with my husband before I stopped saying, ‘No, thanks; we’re doing just fine.’

"Truthfully, I was sleep deprived, depressed, sad, stressed, and heartsick ... I also had a torn rotator cuff and bad back from physically assisting my 220-pound husband."

Caregivers often "will not let themselves ask for help … Caregivers need the assistance of friends, support groups, churches, family, and professionals … Do not take their ‘no’s’ as the final word to your offers of help."

To read her story and suggestions to help, go to http://www.interpretermagazine.org/interior.asp?ptid=43&mid=14951.

After searching for more than 35 years, the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina have found the grandson of one of their founders, Estela de Carlotto.

Ecumenical and church groups have long supported the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, who search for children born in secret military detention centers in Argentina. The group received the 1999 World Methodist Peace Award, becoming the first recipients from Latin America.

After her pregnant daughter was abducted, Carlotto has searched as she also has fought for human rights.

On July 5, a musician named Guido in the Argentine city of Olavarria was discovered to be her grandson after he volunteered to undergo a DNA test.

(World Council of Churches)

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