Archives for November 2012

Pastors at high risk, says wellness trainer

By Susan Cooper, Special Contributor… WICHITA, Kan.—Pastors are putting their lives at risk. They are constantly confronted with fat-laden food and sumptuous sweets prepared and served by the devoted and loving hands of their church members. They are expected to answer calls for advice, comfort and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. […]

UM church, conference and former pastor seek to have sexual misconduct suit tossed

A former United Methodist pastor, St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas and the North Texas Conference of the UMC have moved to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit against them, arguing that it was filed outside the statute of limitations. The suit was filed last February in Dallas County District Court by Cameron Jerrod […]

Reflections: Thanksgiving 2012 – Sandy casts shadow

Very soon, families will gather across the country for the observance of Thanksgiving Day. Over time, the celebration has taken on practices of both religious and secular significance. This duality is manifested in my own memories of Thanksgiving, whether from recent years or long ago. Food, family, worship and football are the primary elements. Growing […]

The ‘real’ Martin Luther still eludes moviemakers

By David C. Steinmetz, Religion News Service… DURHAM, N.C.—Protestants have traditionally celebrated Oct. 31 as the anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, a movement that divided Western Christendom and gave birth to such diverse religious groups as Lutherans, Presbyterians, Anglicans and Mennonites. On Oct. 31, 1517, an Augustinian friar named Martin Luther nailed […]

UM agency’s board enters new era of mission

NEW YORK—A few years ago, the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries began an extended, and sometimes painful, process of re-inventing itself. The results, which include a significant decrease in the size of its board of directors, staff reductions and a realigning of structure and priorities, were apparent Oct. 22-24 when the mission agency […]

GBGM speaks on Gaza

Editor’s note: the General Board of Global Ministries has issued the following: By Melissa Hinnen Consistent with the resolutions of the United Methodist General Conference and with the World Methodist Council resolution on Israel and Palestine, the General Board of Global Ministries condemns the use of violence in the region and asks for prayers for a […]

College of Bishops hopes to have Bishop Bledsoe assigned by January

 The College of Bishops of the South Central Jurisdiction will take the lead in getting Bishop Earl Bledsoe assigned to an episcopal area, and the goal is to have him in place by January. Bishop Bledsoe recently won an appeal of his involuntary retirement by the South Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee. The jurisdiction has one […]

Sun, wind, spray—and grief: UM mom creates place for military vets to deal with loss

By Susan Green, Special Contributor… RUSKIN, Fla.—Anne Hasler remembers the despair in her friend Kelly’s voice during a late-night phone call, and the simple words: “I’ve lost him.” It was a call no mother wants to make that followed a call no mother ever wants to receive—the notification of her soldier son’s death in combat. […]

Seminary gets questions about plans to move

By Nancy Hull Rigdon, Special Contributor… KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Strong, varied opinions emerged during a meeting at the Saint Paul School of Theology campus on the seminary’s pending move to United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in nearby Leawood, Kan. The Rev. Myron McCoy, president of Saint Paul, framed the Nov. 1 event as a family […]

Closing Cokesbury stores is wrenching but necessary

By Neil Alexander, Special Contributor… Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” A colleague reminded me that one can either change and grow and adapt or change and die; but either way we are going to change.  At Cokesbury we have embarked on a path of major […]