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Deaconess M. Garlinda Burton To Speak about the Nashville Freedom School Partnership

On Wednesday, April 22, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Belmont UMC will host M. Garlinda Burton as our WNAB speaker. Deaconess Burton, a longtime leader in the United Methodist Church locally, nationally, and internationally, will speak about the community-changing project, Nashville Freedom Schools Partnership, for which she serves as president of the board and project manager. Burton is a specialist in racial, gender, and class issues in the media, academia, church, and corporate life. She is an author, teacher, and founder of Motherwit, a consulting company that helps organizations live into cultural/global justice and inclusion, and foster personal and team excellence and cooperation.

Freedom School is a six-week summer literacy program designed to help children read better, comprehend more, develop good social skills, and take pride in themselves, their families and their communities. Created by the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., this project serves more than 12,000 across the nation each summer.

The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program is proudly rooted in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the courageous efforts of college-age youth to make a difference. Reborn in 1993 by Marian Wright Edelman and the Children’s Defense Fund Black Community Crusade for Children initiative, today’s CDF Freedom Schools model draws on the vision, philosophy and experience of those who conducted Freedom Schools as part of the 1964 “Mississippi Freedom Summer Project.” Plans are underway for Belmont to partner with the Freedom Schools. Come find out how you can serve, or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Youth plant sale

Support youth summer missions to Memphis and Appalachia by purchasing plants from a youth. The hearty bedding plants and beautiful baskets are provided by Reid Batsel, owner of Fast's Greenery in Nolensville, TN. The youth will take orders until April 19 with delivery/pickup on Saturday, April 25. Click here to download an order form. Thanks for your support!


Have papers that need to be shredded?

At the senior adult Fifth Monday lunch on March 30, guest speaker Cindy Sullivan announced that there will be a FREE shredding event, sponsored by Eric Berner of Waddell Reed Financial Advisors, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at 404 BNA Drive. Participants will be limited to 8 boxes/bags of documents/papers to be shredded.





CROP Hunger Walk set for April 26

In 2001, several Nashvillians (including Belmonter Jim Strickland), joined together to organize a CROP Hunger Walk for Nashville. This year, the one-mile (or five-kilometer) walk will take place at Fannie Mae Dees Park in Hillsboro Village at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. If you are interested in being a walker or fund-raiser, call Richard Hooper at 828-2222. If you'd like to donate to a Belmont UMC team online, click here.

To learn more, visit cropwalk.org.




Belmont ESL writer's showcase

Each week over 100 students from all over the world come to learn English at Belmont UMC. They come from many different countries and cultures, speak many different languages—but all have a story to tell.

Can you imagine moving to another country and dealing with a new culture and language? Now imagine trying to write a story in that new language. For the past three months, Belmont’s ESL students have been doing just that.

On April 30, you are invited to come and listen as some of these wonderful stories are read by Belmonters, and our students are recognized for their efforts.

Make plans to join Belmont’s ESL students, their families, and members of the Nashville community on April 30 at 6:30 pm in the Community Center. Come join us as we encourage, recognize, and celebrate Nashville’s multicultural population.

- by Mary Kaye Jordan

Photo by Jim Bradford



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