Archives for July 2012

Election Time: Three jurisdictions will choose bishops

By J. Richard Peck, United Methodist News Service… The attention of the denomination will be focused beginning July 18 on the jurisdictional conferences, where 11 new U.S. bishops are expected to be elected in three jurisdictions. Like General Conference, the worldwide legislative gathering that met April 24 to May 4 in Tampa, Fla., jurisdictional conferences […]

Highland Park UMC responds to family’s tragedy

  Highland Park United Methodist Church has opened its sanctuary and chapel today for prayers, and will have a special prayer service tonight, following a tragedy involving one of its families. Police said John Rodman Steele apparently stabbed himself to death after trying to stab his wife, Dina Steele, early Wednesday morning. The incident has […]

Evening hymn declares that ‘Christ is our light’

“Now It Is Evening” Fred Pratt Green The Faith We Sing, No. 2187  Now it is evening: Lights of the city bid us remember Christ is our light. Many are lonely, who will be neighbor? Where there is caring Christ is our light. *  The tradition of singing evening hymns in Christianity dates back at […]

Here comes the bride, so where’s the pastor?

By Alyce McKenzie, Special Contributor… Most of my crisis expertise has to do with pastoral situations. I once prayed with a young woman trapped in the front seat of her car after an accident and calmed her down until the medics arrives. I’ve prayed with students scared about preaching their first sermons, with families in […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Using Internet and more, small churches can be vital

General Conference is perhaps at its lowest ebb of leadership since 1844, the conference that led to the division of the Methodist church, over the issue of slavery, into two denominations. I am hearing from someone in every jurisdiction that the effectiveness of Jurisdictional Conferences in electing bishops is also under question. The talk of […]

Tragedy hits UM mission trip

The Texas Conference and General Board of Global Ministries are reporting a tragic turn of events with a mission trip in Ukraine. David Nevotti, a member of First UMC, Sugar Land, Texas, and Illya Onoprienko, a member of the student ministry of the University of L’viv, have died from injuries sustained in a Tuesday (7/10) […]

South Carolina podcast urges Christian dialogue

By Jessica Connor, Special Contributor… Like a weekend getaway in the middle of a crazy season, a new United Methodist audio initiative is sweeping the denomination’s South Carolina Conference while generating diverse conversation about Scripture. It’s called Sunday Scripture Podcast, a weekly 15-minute show that is the brainchild of the Rev. Joe Cate, associate pastor […]

‘Grandfamilies’ provide love, sanctuary with church support

By Susan Passi-Klaus, UMNS… By the time Mollie and John Moore had reached their mid-50s, pre-retirement life was looking great. Both were winding down busy careers and had a lot of freedom to do what John refers to as “run around.” They enjoyed weekend getaways to visit family, trips to watch the University of Tennessee […]

Much to celebrate, much still to do, regarding race relations

Prejudice and racism still stain our democracy. It is a continuing, tragic reality. It is a part of what I’ll remember as I recently joined other citizens in celebrating the nation’s independence on July 4. I have just completed reading an informative and moving book, The Warmth of Other Suns, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. […]

Q&A: Making mandalas – Artist finds spiritual depth working with circular images

Every day, Donna Bearden makes a mandala.  An artist and educational psychologist, she has developed a daily spiritual practice of taking photographs and fashioning them into mandalas—circular, kaleidoscope-like images with a rich spiritual history. Dr. Bearden is a member of University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas (where her husband, Leighton, served as senior pastor […]