Archives for July 2012

African students urged to be entrepreneurs

By Sharai Nondo, UMNS… MUTARE, Zimbabwe—In the 2012 graduating class at Africa University in Zimbabwe, Chiedza Dziva and seven other women finished at the top in fields ranging from business to agriculture. In most African cultures, education for women has not been a top priority, but at this United Methodist-affiliated university it has been a […]

McSwain led the way in rural ministries

Small-town and rural churches often have been called the backbone of the United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Harold W. McSwain didn’t want anyone to forget it. For 50 years, he played a pivotal role in the church’s rural ministry network and is being remembered by colleagues as a dedicated Christian minister, dreamer and activist […]

Lon Morris College may see merger, sale

Financially teetering Lon Morris College is exploring merger with or sale to another school. The two-year, United Methodist-affiliated college in Jacksonville, Texas, furloughed nearly all of its employees last month, after failing to meet three straight payrolls. It also suspended summer classes, and brought in Bridgepoint Consulting of Austin, Texas, to consider financial restructuring options. Based on Bridgepoint’s assessment, Lon […]

Foot washing stirs spirit at Oklahoma Conference

By Bill Sherman, Tulsa World… TULSA, Okla.—Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. removed his vestments, knelt and washed the feet of 12 people who were being ordained May 29 in the United Methodist Church. About 1,000 delegates to the Oklahoma Annual Conference witnessed the rare foot-washing ceremony at Boston Avenue UMC. “People were just blown away,” […]

What ‘Dallas’, the TV show, can teach the church

By Shane Raynor, Special Contributor… This week I did something I don’t typically do. I watched a soap opera. TNT recently resurrected the ’80s prime-time serial, Dallas, and the new show aired its two-hour premiere on June 13. I watched partly for the nostalgia of it. I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, and […]

Rethink church food, experts say – and hold the fried chicken

All-you-can-eat fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cheese grits, macaroni and cheese, biscuits and a table arrayed with cakes, pies and Jello. It’s a menu familiar to many United Methodists, especially those in the South. Church folks love to eat together, and they usually don’t eat healthy food. But now, Dr. Scott Morris says, it’s time to […]

Q&A: It takes discipline to edit Discipline

It’s said that the two items no one wants to see being made are laws and sausages. Perhaps the United Methodist Book of Discipline should be added to that list. It takes almost six months—and a process defined by the rules of the General Conference—before the denomination knows exactly what happened after its big legislative […]

Exhibition of restored Amistad murals starts summer tour of U.S.

By Jeff Woodard, United Church News… In collaboration with United Church of Christ-affiliated Talladega College in Alabama, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta has sent the exhibit “Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals” on a summertime tour of at least seven cities. The six-mural collection portraying the mutiny of the Amistad captives and its aftermath […]

‘Battle Hymn’ inspired by visit to troops in Civil War

“Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” Julia Ward Howe UM Hymnal, No. 717  Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on. Julia […]

Lon Morris College files for bankruptcy

Lon Morris College, the embattled UM-affiliated two-year college in Jacksonville, Texas, filed for bankruptcy on Monday, July 2. “The college is continuing it work on its financial restructuring efforts, however, the timing of the filing was necessitated by a foreclosure proceeding on certain dormitories scheduled to proceed Tuesday, July 3,” the school said in a […]