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Foundation establishes Martha “Twick” Morrison Endowment

SUMMARY: Thanks to an endowment to celebrate the life of Martha "Twick" Morrison, United Methodist communicators in the Central Conferences will gain opportunities to enhance their skills.

The Foundation for United Methodist Communications established the endowment to provide financial support from investment income.  "The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to create this special endowment in remembrance of a very special person," said Sue Sherbrooke, foundation board president. 

"The Morrison Endowment will celebrate Twick's deep interest in communications and empowering lives," she continued. "We felt that Twick would want us to celebrate her life by creating a fund that will help carry others on their journey of faith."

As foundation president, Twick brought "enthusiasm and generosity" to the foundation's work," said the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. "She energized others and inspired us to work harder for our mission: to communicate effectively about poverty and to provide the means for those without a voice to have the tools, training and capacity to tell their stories."
 
Mrs. Bob "Twick" Morrison, 76, died Feb. 7, 2008, after a long and valiant fight with cancer.  Twick is remembered for her selfless 50 years of service with The United Methodist Church in her home congregation in Vicksburg, Miss., and through her mission trips around the world.  The Kentucky-born daughter of a minister served in numerous capacities as an active member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church, Vicksburg.  She was the lay leader of the Mississippi Annual Conference, one of five lay representatives on the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches, and vice president of the Women's Division, General Board of Global Ministries. She served 10 years on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for United Methodist Communications and as its president from 2004 to 2006.
 
Twick planned her funeral service as a celebration.  She wrote:
 
"As we say the Lord's Prayer together, I hope it will not be just a perfunctory repetition, but rather an incredible opportunity to pray with Jesus.  In the last few years, the most important line for me has become 'Thy will be done on earth.'  As I have worshipped with Haitian youth on a rocky beach; heard bombs (U.S.-made) dropping on farmers' crops in El Salvador; comforted Vietnamese young women unable to have babies because of Agent Orange sprayed on their villages; watched the vibrancy of Christians in worship in Cuba; celebrated 'Victory Day' in a church service in Moscow; seen the devastation of poverty in the slums of Bombay, the favelas in Rio, remote villages in Africa and the back alleys in Vicksburg, I realize the prayer emphasis of my faith journey needs to be 'Thy will be done on earth.' Here, now, 'on earth' and not [in] some distant 'by and by' of heaven is God's important call to me as a Christian."