LITTLE ROCK — United Methodist Church leaders and local pastors, along with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, will hold five press conferences around the state on Thursday to urge Arkansans to vote against the lottery amendment on Nov. 4.
Arkansas United Methodists Against Gambling (UMAG) will travel the state by air spreading the word that the proposed lottery would lead to unintended, negative social and economic consequences for Arkansas children and families.
Traveling on the plane and speaking at the press conferences will be:
· Little Rock attorney Scott Trotter, UMAG co-chair and member of Pulaski Heights UMC.
· The Rev. Pat Bodenhamer, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families’ state tax and budget outreach director and an ordained UMC pastor.
· The Rev. Roger Glover, UMAG Co-chair and senior pastor of Dardanelle UMC.
· Martha Taylor, communications director for Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church.
· The Rev. Edna Morgan, ordained UMC pastor and director of Healing Place Ministries of Pine Bluff, a resource and support ministry for senior victims of crime.
The press conference schedule:
Thursday, Oct. 30
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.: Little Rock Central Flying Service - South, Conference Room, 2301 Crisp Drive.
· Also speaking: State Sen. Jim Argue, President/CEO, United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas, chairman of the State Senate Committee on Education and member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.
10:35 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.: West Memphis Airport lobby, 737 S. Airport Road.
Also speaking: the Rev. Kurt Boggan, district superintendent, Northeast District UMC and ordained elder.
Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Arkansas Air Center, Conference Room, 3901 Lindberg Drive.
Also speaking: the Rev. John P. Miles, II, senior pastor, Jonesboro First UMC and ordained elder.
2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Million Air at Drake Field Airport, Conference Room, 4500 S. School Ave.
Also speaking: the Rev. Carl Palmer, senior pastor, Elm Springs UMC, UMAG district coordinator and ordained elder.
4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Goodwin Aero 2nd Floor Conference Room at South Arkansas Regional Airport at Goodwin Field, 418 Airport Drive
Also speaking: the Rev. Jim Polk, senior pastor, El Dorado First UMC and ordained elder.
United Methodists Against Gambling is a coalition of United Methodists opposed to the State Lottery Amendment. It is supported by The Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church.
The Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church represents 138,000 members in 715 United Methodist congregations throughout the state. The mission of United Methodists in Arkansas is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Four areas of focus for United Methodists are starting new congregations, developing leadership, ministry to the poor and improving global health by eradicating malaria, HIV and tuberculosis. For more information, visit www.arumc.org .
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is a statewide, non-profit child advocacy organization established in 1977. Our mission is to ensure that all children and their families have the resources and opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives and to realize their full potential. On the web at www.aradvocates.org.