Archives for October 2012

Judicial Council upholds guaranteed appointment for clergy, overturning GC 2012 action

By Neill Caldwell for United Methodist News Service… ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (UMNS) — The top court of The United Methodist Church has upheld church rules that ensure security of appointment for elders and associate clergy members, striking down legislation passed by the denomination’s lawmaking assembly last spring. The church’s General Conference, meeting in Tampa, […]

Pastor: Seattle situation isn’t as bishop described

By Sanford “Sandy” Brown, Special Contributor… It’s almost always a pleasure to be a United Methodist. Two exceptions are a) when I look at my outdated and geeky photo in the conference journal, and b) when a visiting UMC bishop comes to town and writes about your church—as happened last month. Leaders of my congregation […]

Judicial Council upholds guaranteed appointment for clergy

The UMC’s Judicial Council has struck down as unconstitutional legislation passed at General Conference 2012 that would have ended guaranteed appointment for clergy. We’ll have coverage of this later, quoting those involved in the case. For now, here’s the decision, which has just been officially released this morning: JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH […]

Bishop faults jurisdiction’s statement on gay issue

Indiana Area Bishop Michael J. Coyner on Oct. 15 published his criticisms of the Western Jurisdiction’s stand against the United Methodist Church’s teaching on homosexuality. Delegates to the Western Jurisdiction’s meeting July 18-21 adopted a “Statement of Gospel Obedience” that says the denomination is in error in its stance that the practice of homosexuality “is […]

A voice of our own – Can new author fill gap for UM women?

Jen Mulford has had the job of helping choose materials for women’s groups at her church, Providence United Methodist in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., for several years. She opted for books and DVDs featuring Bible study teachers like Beth Moore, Kelly Minter, Jennifer Rothschild and Priscilla Shirer. All of whom are popular among women’s Bible study […]

Bishop Wenner defends her signing of letter to Congress regarding Israel

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the UMC’s Council of Bishops, has released a statement defending her decision to join more than a dozen other Christian leaders in sending a letter to Congress, urging an investigation of possible violations by Israel of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act and the U.S. Export Control Act. Some Jewish groups, including […]

Book review: A valuable guide for social media ministry

By Mark Norman, Special Contributor Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible Elizabeth Drescher and Keith Anderson Morehouse Publishing, 2012 I have been blessed to speak to diverse people about many different things. I have discovered there are many opinions about social media. I often hear, “I have a cell phone and I do email, […]

History of Hymns: Saint’s ‘Canticle of the Sun’ inspires 20th-century hymn

“All Creatures of Our God and King,” St. Francis of Assisi UM Hymnal, No. 62  All creatures of our God and King, Lift up your voice and with us sing, O praise ye! Alleluia! O brother sun with golden beam, O silver moon with softer gleam, O praise ye! Alleluia! Francis of Assisi (ca. 1182-1226) […]

Saint Paul School of Theology move should be ‘reality check’ for declining UMC

The recent decision of the trustees of Saint Paul School of Theology to vacate its present Kansas City, Mo., campus and move into the facilities of Church of the Resurrection constitutes a reality check. Could this be the tremor before the earthquake of other institutional closures, moves or “downsizings” driven by the UMC loss of […]

‘Jesus’ wife’ question recalls early church debates

If Jesus had been married, don’t you think Paul or the biblical Gospel writers would have mentioned it? That’s the question many Christians have raised after the announcement by Harvard Divinity School professor Karen L. King of a fourth-century papyrus fragment in the Egyptian language Coptic that includes the phrase: “Jesus said to them, my […]