First UMC Redding among GBCS grantees for 2022 funding cycle

December 22, 2022 | by Selby Ewing

First UMC Redding among GBCS grantees for 2022 funding cycle


The Cypress School Kindness Club program proposal from First UMC Redding was awarded a grant from the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). GBCS awards annual PEACE WITH JUSTICE, HUMAN RELATIONS DAY and ETHNIC LOCAL CHURCH grants to Methodist churches and organizations who, like Redding UMC, are doing the work of peace with justice, human relations and those growing diverse ministries.   

The Cypress School Kindness Club will be a school based program that offers training to build skills including effective communication, leadership, and conflict resolution. The program will include a Playground Peace Patrol, Affirmation Stations, Kindness Coins, and model inclusive behavior. The program also includes outside speakers and will provide students opportunities to be in service to one another.

​First UMC Redding Cypress School Kindness Club proposal received its grant from GBCS Human Relations Day segment. Click here for a complete listing of 2022 grant awardees.

GBCS is one of our UMC national agencies funded by California-Nevada's local church tithe giving. The United Methodist Church's connectional system makes these and many other funding opportunities possible through the boards and agencies of the church.  Click here to see a complete listing of our 13 boards and agencies and learn how our tithe dollars, combined with those from across the connection, fund important work in leadership development for lay and clergy, congregational vitality and mission in communities down the street and across the world.

The California-Nevada conference does development and mission work directly across our region through the Core Team, which is comprised of Mission Focus Areas (MFAs) and committees, while also maintaining cooperative relationships with the national board and agencies. 

Rev. Samuel Yun chairs the Core team which includes secretary Gwen Bortner; Rev. Motoe Yamada Foor, convener of the Leadership Development MFA; Rev. Tikiko Lesuma, convener of the Congregational Development MFA; Rev. George Edd-Bennett, convener of the Compassion and Justice MFA; and  Rev. Theon Johnson III, convener of the Partners in Ministry MFA. The Core team also includes At-Large members Margie Gong, Karl Coulter, Adi Nabu and Shijung Shim.

Each of these MFA groups has a number of committees staffed with people from around California and Nevada.  The Kindness Club at UMC Redding relates most directly to our Compassion and Justice MFA and the committee for Advocacy and Justice

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Selby Ewing is Director of Communications at the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church.