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B-CU to host 2007 School of Christian Mission

July 6, 2007

Daytona Beach, FL -  More than 600 members of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church are expected to be on the Bethune-Cookman University campus beginning July 17 through July 22 to attend the 2007 School of Christian Mission sponsored by the Florida Conference of United Methodist Women.  It has been a decade since the event was last held on the university campus.
“We are delighted to have been chosen as the site for this year’s mission school,” says B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed.  “Our close ties to the United Methodist Church are strengthened further when we can host hundreds of church members on campus.  They will be able to see how their financial support continues to help move Bethune-Cookman closer to becoming a top-tier university.”
This year’s mission studies theme “Major Chords of the World,” will include a spiritual growth study entitled “Music and Mission,” and a geographical study on “Israel and Palestine,” as well as an issues study on “Globalization.”
According to Paulette Monroe, president of the Florida Conference of United Methodist Women, “There will be something offered for all age groups. We hope families will come to enjoy the fun and fellowship and to meet new friends.  The Bethune-Cookman campus is an ideal setting for this event and there are lots of attractions around the City of Daytona Beach to add to the fun!”
Participants will have an opportunity to hear from Michelle Shrader, a student at Duke University, and recipient of a UMC Florida Conference Peace and Justice grant to visit Palestine with the UMC General Board of Global Ministries.  Ms. Shrader’s session will deal with the history and complexities of relationships between Palestine and Israel, and explore the concepts of security and freedom that dominate the lives of those who live in this part of the world.
For information about registration, contact 352-495-3554 or email
For more information about the 2007 School of Christian Mission study classes and scheduled activities, contact 1-800-282-8011 or visit the website

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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