Archives for July 2012

Religious life thriving on campuses, say authors

By Linda Bloom, UMNS… Religion is back on campus, but in forms that might surprise those thinking only in terms of the traditional roles of organized churches in higher education. The science-oriented Massachusetts Institute of Technology has hired its first paid chaplain, overseeing 22 volunteer chaplains, whose goal is to make sure students of all […]

The American Bible collects texts Americans argue about

By Daniel Burke, RNS… Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” radically reinterpreted the Declaration of Independence. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech riffed on Lincoln’s lofty language. And Ronald Reagan drafted King’s dream of a country where character outweighs color into an argument against affirmative action. There are certain speeches, songs, books, […]

Planners choose D.C. as Bible museum site

By Adelle Banks, RNS… A large-scale Bible museum will open in Washington, D.C., within four years, say planners who have been touring the world with portions of their collection. Cary Summers, chief operating officer of The Museum of the Bible, a nonprofit umbrella group for the collection of the billionaire Green family of Oklahoma, said […]

Dreaming, via the Internet, a new future for the UMC

By Becca Clark, Special Contributor… The DreamUMC conversation is more than two months old, and growing in some exciting ways. We are putting words and ideas to action, and finding new partners across denominational lines. Coming out of the 2012 General Conference, many delegates, volunteers and folks who had followed the proceedings from afar looked […]

‘Pilgrims’ find their calling in Ukraine mission

By Jan Snider, UMNS… Editor’s Note: On July 10, David Nevotti, a member of First UMC in Sugar Land, Texas, and Illya Onoprienko, a member of the student ministry of the University of L’viv (Ukraine), were fatally injured while helping to repair a church-related facility in L’viv. The Rev. David Goran, a United Methodist missionary […]

What goes on a UM bishop’s ‘report card’?

Kids bring home report cards. Employees typically undergo annual reviews. And now, United Methodist bishops get formal evaluations as well. But just as each class has its own way of grading, each U.S. jurisdiction varies in how it appraises bishops. The 2008 Book of Discipline, the denomination’s law book, for the first time requires the […]

Africa U. students become mission interns

By Andra Stevens, UMNS… MUTARE, Zimbabwe—War in Liberia robbed Christian Zigbuo of his parents and three siblings and turned him into a refugee when he was 10 years old. His life was turned around by United Methodists who helped him obtain an education as a child in Côte d’Ivoire and as an adult at Africa […]

Judicial Council to hear Bledsoe appeal in November

The UMC’s Judicial Council will meet in November to consider Bishop Earl Bledsoe’s appeal of his involuntary retirement. The council released a statement today (Monday, July 30) saying that the meeting will begin on Nov. 9 and and end no later than Nov. 11. The hearing will likely be in Phoenix, but that will have to confirmed, […]

Text of Bishop Schnase’s episcopal address

The following is a transcript of the Episcopal Address to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference on July 19, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by Missouri Conference Bishop, Robert Schnase. You can view the address in its entirety by clicking on the video link on the upper right-hand side of the homepage of The United Methodist […]

A UM pastor tells why he’s observing Ramadan

Editor’s note: The Rev. Wes Magruder wrote the piece below on the first day of Ramadan. He continues to post to his blog about observing the Muslim holiday. By Wes Magruder, Special Contributor, … I woke up at 4:20 this morning, ate four hard-boiled eggs and a blueberry bagel, swallowed down a cup of coffee, and […]