Archives for April 2012

Rural congregations seek voice at GC 2012

Will small, rural churches have a voice in a reconfigured United Methodist Church? That’s a concern of the United Methodist Rural Fellowship as the 2012 General Conference, the denomination’s top legislative body, meets April 24-May 4 in Tampa, Fla. While the fellowship has not taken a formal position on the Call to Action report and […]

Act of Repentance tonight at GC

Tonight’s worship at General Conference carries the title “An Act of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples.” Here’s a sample line from the liturgy: “We name before you a heart-breaking list of wrongs committed by our ancestors against native peoples through imperial ambitions of colonial powers the world around …” Another sample: “Our faith […]

Sub-Committee Votes to End Guaranteed Appointments with Attached “Mueller Amendment”

Sub-Committee 1 of the Committee on Ministry and Higher Education was hard at work this afternoon addressing petition #20303, which is an amendment that would effectively end guaranteed appointments. A significant amendment was offered by Gary Mueller (North Texas Annual Conference) and perfected by the sub-committee. The amendment establishes a team of eight people to […]

Teen raises cash, awareness for Arkansas health system

My name is Morgan I am a 13yr old United Methodist Youth and I have decided that during Lent I will give up my allowance and GIVE to a wonderful cause that has touched my heart. So begins the Facebook Event page “Raising Money for the Children of Methodist Family Health.” The page was set […]

Church agency structure is overdue for overhaul

By Kent Millard, Special Contributor… If a local United Methodist congregation was organized and administrated like the general agencies of the denomination, we would have a silo-driven, competitive and dysfunctional congregation. For example, we realize how dysfunctional it would be if the local congregational education committee, music committee and missions committee each owned and operated […]

UM Men has strength, purpose at Mo. church

By Fred Koenig, Special Contributor KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Getting men to commit to come to church on Sunday morning can be challenging. So how about getting them to come to a service that starts at 6 a.m.? And let’s make it on New Year’s Day. That’s the kind of challenge that the United Methodist Men at […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Some reflections on early American Methodism

Bishop Peter Weaver has written that in preparing the Episcopal Address for the 2012 General Conference, he read the first Episcopal Address, delivered by Bishop William McKendree 200 years ago. When I began writing the Wesleyan Wisdom column, I was advised to “go light on history,” but as Professor George Santayana of Harvard said in […]

Nineteenth-century hymn celebrates the resurrection

“Up from the Grave He Arose” Robert Lowry UM Hymnal, No. 322 Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave he arose with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever with his […]

Questions remain after painter Kinkade’s death

By David Gibson, Religion News Service The unexpected death of Thomas Kinkade on April 6 prompted an outpouring of grief for the hugely successful painter of pastoral landscapes, but also raised questions about the troubled final years of an artist whose use of Christian imagery made him a special favorite of his fellow evangelicals. Kinkade […]

Report on ‘holy conversation’ dustup

Organizers of this General Conference allowed time for “holy conversation” about certain issues, including “human sexuality.” But scheduling issues caused the time for that session to be cut short. Gay rights supporters were upset about that and about what they said was bullying of them by some who participated. So an effort to ease tension around […]