Archives for April 2013

Commentary: Faith the size of an indie filmmaker

By Kenny Dickson, Special Contributor… I recently attended the Dallas International Film Festival. This was my fifth year to attend, and again I was inspired by the filmmakers who submitted films. As with most film festivals, the festival is for lower budget, independent films as opposed to those produced by studios. What I find inspirational […]

For CBS series producer, focus on faith is key

NEW YORK—When John P. “Jack” Blessington of CBS worked with a United Methodist congregation in Manhattan on a televised Christmas Eve service, he looked beyond the seasonal trappings to see how the church was living out the gospel. Along with the carols and readings, A Christmas for Everyone, which aired in 2010, included a focus […]

Photo challenge gives us ‘companions on the journey’

By Sophia Agtarap, Special Contributor… I have served since last September as minister of online engagement for the UMC’s Rethink Church campaign. My task? Reaching out, engaging in and encouraging conversation on social media with 18- to 34-year-olds who feel disconnected from the church—as well as those who have chosen to stay—about the intersections of faith, […]

Too old to be an elder? Let’s hope not, UM pastor says

By Chappell Temple, Special Contributor… I’m almost surprised that Methodists haven’t crashed the whole Internet, as many emails, twitter messages, and blog pieces that have been circulating through cyberspace over the subject in recent days. For the “outing” of a Texas Conference internal proposal, one intended just for discussion, that would set an age limit […]

Event marks launch of Cameroon music ministry

By John Thornburg, Special Contributor… BUEA, Cameroon—“Music comes naturally to Cameroon. When we are happy, we sing. When we are sad, we sing. Music is speaking our language. When the music of the U.S. and Cameroon collides, there is an explosion!” So said the Rev. Ekoka Molindo, pastor of Hope United Methodist Church in Buea, […]

UM clergy compete on court to fight malaria

By Lisa Diehl, Special Contributor… The opportunity to play basketball brought a young boy to church more than 40 years ago. Today, the man, a United Methodist pastor in the Kansas West Conference, is using those skills to save lives in Africa. The Rev. Kip Ryherd, pastor at Minneola UMC, issued a challenge to his […]

AFTE names 2013 John Wesley Fellows

Press release from AFTE announcing 2013 Fellows: Three United Methodists have been awarded John Wesley Fellowships to support their doctoral studies, A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) announced Friday. John Wesley Fellowships, designed to promote the renewal of theological education by supporting promising scholars who are committed to Christ, the church and academic excellence, provide […]

Florida church finds rebirth in mission

By Michelle Bearden, Faith & Leadership… TAMPA, Fla.—The call came from the bishop on the Rev. Jim Harnish’s 45th birthday. “Can you come by the office tonight?” the bishop asked. Dr. Harnish, then pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, knew an urgent summons from the bishop was serious. He suspected that he […]

Rabbi speaks again, thanks to Perkins School of Theology archivist

The prophetic voice of a late Dallas rabbi, one who had close ties to Southern Methodist University, will be heard again, thanks to a curious archivist who wasn’t content just to file away some reel-to-reel tapes he found in a library storage room. SMU’s Perkins School of Theology will, on May 5, hold an event […]

Today’s prayer by the Rev. Mark Craig

Invocation offered by the Rev. Mark Craig, senior pastor of Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, at this morning’s dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.   Let us pray. We have gathered today, oh God, to give thanks for the life and legacy of President and Mrs. George Bush. We are […]