Archives for June 2012

Q&A: How to avoid going awry with sermons

In their new book, What Not to Say: Avoiding the Common Mistakes That Can Sink Your Sermon (Westminster John Knox Press), authors John C. Holbert and Alyce M. McKenzie offer advice for avoiding common pitfalls in preaching. Dr. McKenzie is professor of homiletics at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University; Dr. Holbert, who […]

Still wishing he could resume calling in UMC

Twenty-three years ago, I surrendered my ministerial credentials rather than lie to a church I felt called to and which was an integral part of my being. My EUB and then UM church had taught me that lying wasn’t normally an ethical or healthy experience, and I knew I couldn’t survive living a lie. So […]

Admirers recall ‘bold journey’ of Bishop Leontine Kelly

Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly is being remembered as a trailblazer, a spiritual mother, a bearer for women of color in leadership and a gift to the United Methodist Church. She died at age 92 on June 28. Being elected as the first African-American woman bishop was just part of her “audacious life,” said Bishop Judith Craig, […]

Big Church, Little Church: Largest UM congregation helps strugglers

By Nancy Hull Rigdon, Special Contributor… A pastor leading rural Arkansas congregations with aging populations had a first: He baptized a baby in one of the churches. In Texas, a church facing closure accomplished more than keeping its doors open. Weekly attendance has bumped up, from 65 to 75. And an East Coast city church […]

UM Agency applauds Supreme Court decision on health care law

The UMC’s General Board of Church and Society cheered the U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday that upholds the health care act championed by President Obama. “The Affordable Care Act is a huge step in the right direction and we celebrate provisions in that law that continue to fill the gaps and expand existing health care, […]

UM church in Colorado Springs said to be spared from fires

Members of Wilson United Methodist Church believe their building has survived the wildfire that threatened the Mountain Shadows neighborhood of Colorado Springs. Aerial photos and reports from an eyewitness indicate the church is out of harm’s way, at least for now, because the fire has receded from the immediate area to the foothills, said the […]

New indie film depicts preacher’s life journey

By Kay Campbell, Religion News Service… ATHENS, Ala.—Black and white. Heaven and hell. Right and wrong. Blur or question those lines and, well, all hell can break out. At least it did for Edward Fudge in the early 1980s in this small northern Alabama hamlet. Mr. Fudge was a young Church of Christ preacher who […]

Retired UM pastor supports young, new clergy

By Jackie Campbell, United Methodist News Service… Much has been written about the “crisis of younger clergy” in the United Methodist Church, and a look at the numbers confirms the crisis is real. With only 5.6 percent of United Methodist elders under the age of 35, and burnout taking its toll on them, the church’s […]

Bishop Bledsoe: Issue is fairness, not race

By Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, Special Contributor …  Editor’s note: This column is adapted from a blog entry Bishop Bledsoe posted last week for the North Texas Conference website. He announced his retirement on June 1, and reversed himself on June 5. He told conference members then, at the close of their annual gathering, that the South […]

Bishop recalls childhood memories in new book

By April Carnik, Special Contributor… Anyone can see the world as it is with their own eyes, but having vision takes faith. That’s the theme of a new book, entitled What Do You See?, by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of the UMC’s Texas Conference. While the book was written for children, leaders of the conference […]