Archives for June 2012

‘Find the Quiet Center’ seeks calm amid chaos of life in 21st century

By Renée N. Boone, Special Contributor… “Come and Find the Quiet Center” Shirley Erena Murray The Faith We Sing, No. 2128   Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead, find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed: clear the chaos and the clutter, clear […]

Latest blockbuster feels more superfluous than superheroic

By Rebecca Cusey, Special Contributor The Avengers Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference Months from now, when we’re bloated and gorged with yet another explosive summer blockbuster, we’ll look back on the late spring as a more innocent time, a time when a movie like […]

Is our idea of heaven all wrong?

By John Murawski, Religion News Service…  The oft-cliched Christian notion of heaven—a blissful realm of harp-strumming angels—has remained a fixture of the faith for centuries. Even as arguments will go on as to who will or won’t be “saved,” surveys show that a vast majority Americans believe that after death their souls will ascend to […]

Q&A: Unpacking the message of Micah 6:8

The Rev. James C. Howell is senior pastor of Myers Park UMC in Charlotte, N.C., and an author of several books, including the new What Does the Lord Require?—Doing Justice, Loving Kindness, Walking Humbly (Westminster John Knox). This short book on the well-known verse Micah 6:8 includes a study guide. Dr. Howell answered questions by […]

UMC-supported campaign seeks to bridge poverty gap

By Skyler E. Nimmons and Jessica Connor, UMNS… Delegates and visitors to the 2012 United Methodist General Conference had the opportunity to step away from their regular business and broaden their perspectives on the issue of poverty. From May 1 to 4, a poverty-immersion experience took place in a Tampa Convention Center ballroom. For two […]

An encounter with God in an unexpected place

By Kay Panovec, UMNS… In my work for the United Methodist Church, I expect to run into people who are willing to share their faith. But sometimes, I encounter God in the most unexpected ways. Even as the weather gets warmer in my hometown, my thoughts keep going back to an experience I had this […]

Questions Bishop Bledsoe evaluation

  I find it incredible that four years ago the Rev. W. Earl Bledsoe was selected for the position of United Methodist Bishop and now the South Central Jurisdiction episcopacy committee wants to remove him as episcopal leader of the North Texas Conference. I would like to know the benchmarks used for this decision, and the committee members’ educational […]

Volunteers change world in 1,500 places

How many United Methodists does it take to change a light bulb? Probably just one. However, when it comes to changing the world, United Methodists proved, once again, the more the merrier. On the third annual Change the World Weekend, May 19-20, United Methodists in more than 1,500 locations around the globe ventured beyond the […]

Ben Gosden: The motion I wish I’d made at annual conference

By Ben Gosden, Special Contributor… As much as I was enthused about annual conference here in South Georgia, I do have one regret: I wish I had made a motion from the floor to define discipleship for our annual conference. You see, I counted some 70 times that the phrase “making disciples for the transformation […]

Guaranteed appointment may stand after all

General Conference 2012 may not have ended guaranteed appointment for ordained elders after all. Though delegates at the United Methodist Church’s quadrennial meeting voted to change one relevant part of the Book of Discipline, another was left untouched, apparently inadvertently. “It appears that there is no end to guaranteed appointments for elders under the 2012 […]