Archives for August 2012

UM relief volunteers take VBS on the road

By Kathryn R. White, UMNS… HENRYVILLE, Ind.—One hundred days after the March 2 tornado that claimed six lives and destroyed 200 homes in Indiana, more than 100 children, ages 4 to 12, from Henryville and Edwardsville gathered for a weeklong vacation Bible school at the Henryville United Methodist Church. Amid noise from hammers and power […]

History of Hymns: Argentine song reflects chamarrita dance form

“¡Miren Qué Bueno!” (“Look, How Good It Is!”) Pablo Sosa The Faith We Sing, No. 2231  ¡Miren Qué Bueno, qué bueno es! O look and wonder, how good it is! Look at how good it is for us to be here all together, it is like precious oil that runs from Aaron’s head and beard. […]

‘Secret angel’ pays off mission church’s debt

An anonymous donation has paid off the remaining debt – just over $80,000 – for the land and church building of Christ’s Foundry, a UM mission church in an Hispanic part of Dallas. The church began to use its new building at Christmas, and the building was consecrated in May. Several UM churches in the North […]

Our secular culture neglects religious roots of Olympics

By Henry G. Brinton, RNS… When the Summer Olympics opened in London, there was a version of a religious ritual in the Olympic oath, procession of athletes and lighting of the flame. This was no accident because the modern Olympics have religious roots, though they appear to have largely secular fruits. I’m reminded of this […]

Yes, bishop’s forced retirement is a race issue

By Henry L. Masters Sr., Special Contributor… I am an ashamed United Methodist! The action of the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) to force Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe into retirement was a sad and shameful day for me. I am a lifelong United Methodist with four decades of pastoral ministry. The unprecedented action of the 2012 […]

UM agency boards being reduced, but not reformed

By Robert Sparkman, Special Contributor… “We did not restructure the church, but at least we reduced the size of the boards.” That has been a consistent report from General Conference. Reducing the size of the boards was a recommendation of the Call to Action; the boards wrote petitions to accomplish that; and proposals were passed […]

Kind words, hugs and pain at event for Bishop Bledsoe

Bishop Earl Bledsoe said goodbye to the North Texas Conference at a reception for him Sunday that included many hugs and kind words, but also recognition of the pained circumstances of his departure. “I hold no ill will, no grudges, no nothing – but God’s love for you,” he told a crowd of about 250 […]

Faced with cuts, agencies plan changes

Cut back, hang tough, shift priorities. The United Methodist Church’s general agencies will employ those strategies over the next four years to deal with reduced budgets, smaller boards and new directions in mission. As the largest program agency, the General Board of Global Ministries cut back by reducing its board of directors by nearly two-thirds, […]

Lon Morris College ends effort to re-open this fall

  United-Methodist affiliated Lon Morris College, the oldest private two year college in Texas, has ended its plan to reopen this fall. The school filed for bankruptcy on July 2 after having failed to make payroll this spring amid mounting debt. The plan to re-open on a limited basis was ended because the U.S. Department […]

Teachers honored for exemplary work

By Tita Parham, UMNS… Martha McDonald doesn’t just use her voice when teaching her nursing students about pathophysiology. She puts her whole body into the effort—literally throwing herself into a wall to make a point. The point—in that particular instance—is to illustrate the difference between normal breathing and breathing done for a patient by a […]