Archives for June 2013

Global Ministries names new mission executive

The Reverend Regina Henderson of the North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference has been appointed to the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries as the associate general secretary for Justice and Relationships. In this position, she will strengthen relationships with partners in the United States and around the world including United Methodist central and annual […]

Using technology to fight malaria

NASHVILLE, Tenn — Pierre Omadjela, Director of Communications and Development for the Central Congo Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, won third place in the inaugural Visual Networking Index Service Awards Program for his storytelling about the power of technology to connect people and lives. The VNI Service Awards were sponsored by Cisco Systems to recognize innovation in connecting the unconnected. […]

Cal-Pac Annual Conference has $3.6 million deficit for 2011

REDLANDS, Calif. — Bishop Minerva G. Carcano of the Los Angeles Episcopal Area revealed that the California-Pacific Annual Conference ended 2011 with a deficit of almost $3.6 million in her address to the annual conference on June 13, 2013. In addition Carcano described an accounting system with many layers of problems, including transfers from one […]

Number of Youth and Young People in Faith Formation Activities Increasing

NASHVILLE, TN — Popular rhetoric may claim youth and young people are disappearing from the church, but actual numbers reported by United Methodist congregations show participation by those age groups in ongoing faith formation activities is increasing. More people in both age groups – 12-18 for youth and 19-30 for young adults – participated in […]

Things for United Methodist preachers to unlearn…

This commentary was originally posted on the Kyrie Eleison blog. Being a creature of habit, both Type “A” and a bit on the OCD side, I like routine, rhythm, and routine better than anyone. If something works, I leave it alone; if it’s functional, I don’t try to improve it or buy something new. Over […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Will We Pay the Price of a Reality Check?

The Old South, appropriately, has been both mocked and ridiculed for euphemistically “sipping mint juleps under the magnolia tree” using vintage family china and carrying on a conversation reflective of the Antebellum days. Thousands lived out their days in denial of the new world around them, and sadly, they contributed almost nothing to that world […]

United Methodist Congregation in Indiana Severs Ties with Cub Scouts

DAYTON, IN – The Dayton United Methodist Church located in Dayton, IN announced this past Sunday that they were officially severing all ties with the Boy Scouts of America. As reported in the Lafayette Journal and Courier newspaper, the church’s administrative council voted unanimously on June 11, 2013 not to renew the charter for Cub […]

United Methodists in NC take a stance for the poor

RALEIGH, N.C. — Both United Methodist bishops in North Carolina have signed a joint statement with Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic leaders urging the state legislature not to make drastic cuts in programs, such as Medicaid, that help the most vulnerable in society. United Methodist bishops Hope Morgan Ward, leader of the North Carolina […]

10 Questions for Church Leaders: Bishop Ken Carter

Bishop Ken Carter Florida Episcopal Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. was elected in July of 2012 by the members of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church to the episcopacy, and appointed to serve the Florida Episcopal Area. A native of Georgia, Bishop Carter is a graduate of Columbus College (B.S.), Duke University […]

Aging Well: Refired not Retired!

  When the Rev. Fred Trevino retired in 1998 as Senior Pastor of Paradise Valley UMC, the largest church in the Desert Southwest Conference, he envisioned himself leisurely driving his new lawn tractor across the three-acre lawn of his wife’s family homestead in Brenham, Texas. He dreamed of lazy afternoons spent relaxing under the expansive […]