Archives for May 2012

UMC-affiliated Lon Morris College in financial turmoil

Lon Morris College, a two-year, United Methodist-affiliated school in Jacksonville, Tex., announced Wednesday the furlough of most employees due to an ongoing financial crisis. The nearby Tyler Morning Telegraph  quoted a Lon Morris College trustee as saying the school’s president, Miles McCall, submitted his resignation. The East Texas school has been unable to meet three recent payrolls and […]

On repairing broken trust in the UMC

By Ricky Harrison, Special Contributor… The first night of the 2012 General Conference opened with a grand worship service. There were bright lights, cool graphics, beautiful music, abundant prayer shawls and a moving sermon. One of the most moving moments in the service for me was the sight of all of our episcopal leaders, in […]

Soldiers’ Bibles provide a journey through history

By Chris Herlinger, Religion News Service… NEW YORK—The simplicity of the exhibit—copies of the Bible resting in glass cases—can be deceptive. But “Finding Comfort in Difficult Times: A Selection of Soldiers’ Bibles,” a Feb. 3-May 20 exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art, is American religious history come alive. The exhibit showcases three dozen copies […]

German hymn rejoices in God’s eternal reign

Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812-1897) devoted herself to the translation of hymns from the German language into English. In total, she published 56 hymns in Sacred Hymns from the German(1841, 2nd edition, 1864). Though little is known about Cox’s life, her translations remain a testament to her accomplishments. Of the approximately 80 texts she translated, most […]

United Methodist Men salute Scout milestone, give two awards at GC

By Rich Peck, UMNS… TAMPA, Fla.—The 2012 General Conference marked the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts, one of the youth-serving organizations supported by the Commission on United Methodist Men. It was appropriate for the birthday celebration to be in Tampa because one of the first troops was organized in this city. In 1913, Jessamine […]

Commissioning ceremony sends out 40 mission staff

By Elliott Wright, Special Contributor… TAMPA, Fla.—Voices of the worldwide Methodist family came together in a Florida church on Sunday, April 29, to bless and celebrate 40 people being sent into the world as missionaries, deaconesses and home missioners to witness to God’s love, mercy and justice. Representatives from Methodist churches in more than two […]

Renovation under way at Lake Junaluska center

By Jessica Connor, Special Contributor… LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C.—Armed with a new mission statement and a new strategic vision, Lake Junaluska is stepping into a bold new future. And it has Christian hospitality and transformation at its heart. For the past year, the United Methodist conference and retreat center has been quietly working behind the scenes […]

Response #2 to Bishop Willimon

By We Hyun Chang, Special Contributor … Dear Bishop Willimon, Grace and peace to you in the name and spirit of the risen Christ! I read your article in the United Methodist Reporter: “GC 2012 and church by committee.” I appreciate that you shared your thoughts and reflections about GC 2012 with honesty and passion. However, […]

Response to Bishop Willimon

By Jay Voorhees, Special Contributor… Dear Bishop Willimon, This morning the net was abuzz with commentary about your UMR essay “Church By Committee.” Frankly there was little in the article that surprised me for I’ve known you long enough to know of your disdain for the system that we are both part of. I have […]

Judicial Council did the denomination a favor

By Bishop Mike Coyner, Special Contributor… You have probably heard the news that the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church (which is kind of like our Supreme Court) ruled that the new structure passed by the General Conference was unconstitutional. Thus the hours and hours of work by the General Conference were overturned, and […]