Methodists, Muslims to work together to ease suffering

Here’s something positive:

This week, the New York-based United Methodist Committee on Relief and the United Kingdom-based Muslim Aid “signed an agreement”: to work together in providing relief to war-torn and disaster-hit regions.

The agreement, signed at the House of Commons in London, could steer $15 million in combined aid to places that really need it.

“Our partnership with UMCOR reaches out beyond our own religious communities to benefit people in need, no matter what their religious faith,� says Farooq Murad, chairman of Muslim Aid. “Muslim Aid and UMCOR have already proven that we can work together and will continue to work to establish healthy, open communities where trust and faith can flourish.�

The two relief agencies worked together in Sri Lanka after the tsunami of 2004.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.