Liberty UMC is proud to sponsor and contribute to the following missions:
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Our mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people.
UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own.
Community Care Fellowship
Community Care Fellowship opened in Nashville in 1984 as a program unit of United Methodist Urban Ministries under the guidance of Jerry Hilton. Ken and Carol Powers were its first staff members and so it became quickly know as Ken and Carol’s Place. Now more than a quarter century later it is still known on the street as “Ken and Carol’s”.
In the mid-eighties the redevelopment of Lower Broadway and the Riverfront began to put pressure on the homeless to leave downtown. The migration east across the Shelby St. Bridge was beginning. The building lease on the property at 114 Fourth Ave was due to expire in 1987. A search for a new home began.
The search for a location near downtown found no buildings available. A donor offered a dollar for dollar match grant to begin the fund raising effort to build our own building. Fund raising began but no property was available. Nancy Webb Kelly UMC, under the leadership of Shug McBay, Pastor and lay leaders Bill and Jeanette Underwood offered a lot on their property for building. It was completed and opened in the Spring of 1989.The first ten years in the new building saw a number of changes in the way services were provided to the homeless population and to the neighborhood. One thing that remained a constant was trying to serve the hunger needs of the area.
Project Transformation Tennessee
Project Transformation began organizing in Tennessee in 2010 using the model of a United Methodist-based ministry that has recruited college-age interns to serve urban and rural neighborhoods in and around Dallas, Texas, since 1998. Several college students who interned with Project Transformation in Texas felt called by God to introduce and support the ministry in their home state of Tennessee, where United Methodist leaders in the Tennessee Annual Conference quickly embraced the multi-faced program. Project Transformation Tennessee is now partnering with churches, schools and foundations in preparation for a June 2012 launch.