Archives for April 2013

Reflections: A little child is murdered, and what is our response?

Last month something occurred in Brunswick, Ga., so horrific that it seems incomprehensible. On March 21 a mother walked the streets of the quiet South Georgia town, pushing her 13-month-old baby boy in a stroller. I am sure it seemed routine to her. She probably had walked those streets countless times. But this time would […]

Aging Well: Churches shouldn’t run from the topic of aging

The photo in the newsletter caught my attention. It was an image of a yellow sticky note with handwritten words, “Do today: Plan for God to use me in old age!” My mind began to spin. Most people don’t like thinking about aging, much less planning for ways to be used by God in a […]

Commentary: Reaction to Mumford reveals trouble with labels

By Cathleen Falsani, Religion News Service… Labels can be helpful when, for instance, applied to cans of soup or barrels of toxic waste. But they are less so when affixed to human beings—particularly when labels are meant to summarize, indelibly, one’s spiritual identity. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Marcus Mumford, the 26-year-old lead singer […]

Reporter among award winners at RCC

From Staff Reports… The United Methodist Reporter has again been recognized in the DeRose-Hinkouse Memorial Awards competition, which honor outstanding work in religious communication and public relations. The 2013 awards were announced April 4, at the Religion Communicators Council annual meeting, held this year in Indianapolis. The Reporter won an award of excellence in the […]

Judicial Council rules in dispute between Western Pennsylvania, East Africa Conferences

By Neill Caldwell, for United Methodist News Service… SEATTLE — A 10-year financial dispute between the Western Pennsylvania Conference and the East Africa Conference that wound up before the UMC’s top court has ended with a split decision that likely will not please everyone. The Judicial Council agreed with only one of Western Pennsylvania’s three questions — […]

Dream come true – Minnehaha UMC kept faith with affordable housing project

If anyone wants to know how long a major mission project can take, and how much satisfaction can be derived at the end, Wanda Driver is a good one to ask. She helped kick off Minnehaha United Methodist Church’s effort to do something big in affordable housing. She stood by beaming when the Riverview Apartments, […]

UMC’s Africa University celebrates first 20 years

MUTARE, Zimbabwe—Pauline Shongo believes that one day Africa University will be the key to peace on the continent of Africa. So do the many who gathered on the campus of the United Methodist-related university March 22-24 to celebrate the school’s first 20 years. The university, located in Zimbabwe and established by the United Methodist Church […]

Bishops to hold second straight private meeting

When active United Methodist bishops gather in San Diego, May 5-8, that will be the second consecutive large gathering of bishops closed to the press and other visitors—a move that is prompting criticism within the UMC. The Council of Bishops, including retirees, met in private in November at St. Simons Island, Ga. In announcing that […]

Book Review: Richard Rohr’s latest offers true Christian wisdom

As a pastor himself, Richard draws abiding wisdom and warning from his years of dealing with others, himself and God. He provides first aid to folks who are recovering from religion, and he offers it with an openness one doesn’t often see in church leadership.

Commentary: Thoughts on reclaiming evangelism in the UMC

By Heather Heinzman Lear, Special Contributor… As a local church pastor, when meeting new people in the community, I rarely opened with, “Hi, I’m Heather and I am a pastor.” Over the years I discovered that statement usually did not help to break the ice, but rather immediately built new walls. Once people got to […]