Sunday, September 07, 2008

Open Hearts Don't Gamble

I learned yesterday that United Methodist Communications (UMCom) has terminated its relationship with Buntin Group, the company responsible for the Igniting Ministry "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors" campaign, because of Buntin's work with the Tennessee Lottery. I applaud UMCom for having done so. The United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations have long been opponents of gambling because of biblical teachings on stewardship and not being motivated by a love of money along with the obvious damaging effects of gambling on individuals and families. I don't know that all UM agencies are so discriminating when selecting the companies they work with; if they aren't, UMCom is setting a good example for others to follow.


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