Kwentong C.I. Video Contest: Soak in Christ!

The Division on Ministries with Young People (Philippines) in partnership with the National United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines, present to you the very first Kwentong C.I. Video Contest.

This contest is open to all UMYF in the Philippines. Simple lang ang rules.

Attend! Mag-attend ka ng Christmas Institute sa inyong District or Annual Conference. Pwedeng isang tao lang ang sumali. Pwede ring isang buong grupo. O isang buong district. Basta dapat puro UMYF lang ang sasali.

Capture your experience. Kuha ka ng maraming pictures. Saka maraming videos. Dapat maipakita mo kung paano kang na-Soak in Christ! Pwedeng Reality TV ang dating. (parang Big Brother, o Survivor Philippines, o pwede ring The Biggest Loser ang dating). Pwedeng documentary. Pwede rin naming pang-short film ang dating ng video mo. Pero please lang, bawal ang slideshow ng mga pictures habang may tumutugtog na Praise and Worship song. Pwedeng madrama, pwedeng makulet! Ang mahalaga, maipakita ang experience mo sa C.I. Continue reading

My Prayers and Hopes for the United Methodist Church in the Philippines

The Philippines Central Conference, the highest decision-making body of the United Methodist Church in the country, will meet on December 11-17, 2012 at Bayombong United Methodist Church, Nueva Vizcaya.

For most people, especially those who have become cynical with the “political” process in the church, the Central Conference will be a battlefield with several groups vying for important positions and policy decisions. A lot of young people will attend the Central Conference this time, and if they saw this “political” process, they may grow disillusioned, similar to the reaction of many people to the General Conference last April.

For most hopeful Filipino Methodists, however, it will be a time of discernment and prayer for many things–the election of new bishops, setting ministry directions for another four years, and the healing of conflicts and strife. The UMC in the Philippines went through some harrowing conflict and a split, too, in the past two years or so. Thankfully, the ReviveUMC movement held a Grand Revival Gathering on November 30 to pray for healing and unity in the Philippine United Methodist Church. Continue reading