Archives for June 2013

Desert Southwest Annual Conference approves resolution supporting same-sex marriage

GLENDALE, Ariz. – A resolution supporting same-sex marriage and pledging support for clergy who perform marriage ceremonies for homosexual couples was approved by the Desert Southwest Annual Conference earlier today. The resolution, presented by a group called the “Welcoming and Reconciling Committee” resolved that the annual conference “make a public statement upholding marriage equality,” as […]

Wisdom from Africa

By Bishop Michael J. Coyner, Special Contributor… We often note that our United Methodist Church is not growing in many places in the United States, but our United Methodist Church is growing in many parts of Africa.  This discrepancy leads to much self-recrimination among our American congregations and leaders.  Others offer various theories about why we […]

Pastor arrives at new congregation as a homeless man

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn — Pastor Willie Lyle was preparing to make the move to to a new appointment at the Sango United Methodist Church in Clarksville, TN when God showed up. In a dream Lyle believed God was calling him to spend the 4 days before his first Sunday at the new church living on the […]

A new day in mission

By Linda Unger*   Gaston Ntambo, pilot for the United Methodist Wings of the Morning aviation ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will begin his weeklong journey home from the United States tomorrow. He will be flying a refurbished Cessna Grand Caravan—a 14-seat airplane that will greatly enhance his ministry of transporting critically ill or […]

United Methodist justice agency calls Senate immigration bill inadequate

by Wayne Rhodes, Special Contributor* WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church praises the U.S. Senate for its initiative in finally passing a bill to reform immigration laws. Unfortunately, though, the agency believes the legislation passed is not what is needed to truly repair the broken […]

Things for United Methodist laity to unlearn — from a layperson’s POV

To all of my fellow laity: We have been highly critical of the clergy for a number of years now. We have been very vocal about issues with those who serve our local congregations, many valid concerns, and some unrealistic demands.

IRD accuses United Methodist News Service of bias

A prominent staff member of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), a conservative advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., accused the United Methodist News Service (UMNS) of bias in their reporting yesterday in his blog post yesterday on the IRD blog, “Juicy Ecumenism.” John Lomperis, United Methodist Director for the IRD, wrote that the […]

US Court rulings impact same-sex couples

By Heather Hahn, UMNS… The full ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings Wednesday, June 26, on same-sex marriage are still being hashed out. But the rulings already are winning praise from some United Methodists even as they trouble others. On one thing many United Methodists agree: The decisions will likely add fuel to a […]

Mentoring, scholarship program has six graduates this year

Six seminary students involved in a scholarship and mentoring program for racial-ethnic students who plan to be ordained as deacons or elders in The United Methodist Church are receiving their M.Div. degree this year. That brings the total of graduates who took part in the Journey Toward Ordained Ministry program to 19 since it began […]

“History of Hymns” column now hosted at GBOD website

NASHVILLE, Tenn — In a release issued this morning, the General Board of Discipleship announced that the “History of Hymns” column which was featured for decades at The United Methodist Reporter will now be hosted on the GBOD website. The History of Hymns column, written by Dr. C. Michael Hawn, Director of the Sacred Music […]