Archives for May 2012

Knapp returns to music scene as unlikely gay Christian icon

By Greg Warner, Religion News Service… ATLANTA—After walking away from stardom as a Christian singer-songwriter in 2002, Jennifer Knapp never expected to return to a musical career—and certainly not as a Christian artist. And when she later came out as a lesbian, that prospect seemed especially remote. “When I put my guitar in the case […]

Q&A: A self-described fanatic for ecumenism

Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt Jr., the senior bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, presides over the East Coast region for the 141-year-old historically African-American denomination. Long before his 2010 appointment to that post, he was known as a scholar and a leader in the Christian ecumenical movement. A former president of the National […]

Epic drama is overdone — but helpful as history

For Greater Glory Rated R for war violence and some disturbing images Few movies these days cover historical events that are unknown even to some history buffs. But such is the case with For Greater Glory, a newly released, 143-minute epic starring Andy Garcia. The Cristero War (1926-29) was an armed uprising against the Mexican […]

Holocaust legacy lives on in Maurice Sendak’s work

In this 1985 file photo, author Maurice Sendak reads Where the Wild Things Are to a child at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia. PHOTO BY FRANK ARMSTRONG/ROSENBACH MUSEUM & LIBRARY By Tim Townsend, RNS… When the mind that first imagined the Wild Things disappeared for good last month, the children-turned-adults who adored Max […]

GC 2012 resolution supports reconstruction work in Haiti

By Linda Unger, UMNS… TAMPA, Fla.—During its first plenary session on April 30, General Conference 2012 ratified a General Board of Global Ministries resolution urging support for the reconstruction and development of Haiti in the wake of the massive destruction caused by the 2010 earthquake. “In the midst of crisis are opportunities to change the […]

United Methodists join Pan-Methodist covenant

By Rich Peck, UMNS… TAMPA, Fla.—After several hundred years of separation, members of six Pan-Methodist denominations have committed to ministry together. The United Methodist Church is the last of the denominations to adopt the full communion agreement, which was celebrated May 1 during the 2012 General Conference. The affirmation establishes a new relationship among the […]

‘Wind Who Makes All Winds’ honors presence of Holy Spirit

“Wind Who Makes All Winds that Blow” Thomas Troeger UM Hymnal, No. 538 Wind who makes all winds that blow, gusts that bend the sapling low, gales that heave the sea in waves, stirrings in the mind’s deep caves: Aim your breath with steady power on your church, this day, this hour. Raise, renew the […]

Congo family performs at General Conference

By Elliott Wright, UMNS… TAMPA, Fla.—Four brothers and a sister from the Congo took the United Methodist General Conference to its knees and brought it to its feet as they sang “O Happy Day . . . when Jesus washed my sins away.” The five Kamana children, ranging from 9 to 21 years of age, […]

Willimon’s latest may help ordained leaders, but won’t reach others

Bishop: The Art of Questioning Authority by an Authority in Question William H. Willimon Abingdon Press, 2012 Paperback, 200 pages It should come as no surprise to those familiar with Bishop William H. Willimon that his latest book is one filled with both passion and contradictions. One of the most prolific United Methodist writers of […]

Tired Exotic Marigold Hotel will bore viewers of any age

By Rebecca Cusey, Special Contributor… Most of my life, I’ve looked forward to growing old. It seems like it could be a kick, what with wearing clothes that shock the neighbors, developing unreasonable and unyielding demands, and devising new ways to irritate and embarrass my children. A good time, all around. The new film, The […]