Archives for June 2013

General Conference 2016 cost projected to exceed $10 million

Whatever else may be said about General Conference, it doesn’t come cheap. A recent UMC report projects that the next General Conference, set for May 10-20, 2016, in Portland, Ore., will cost nearly $10.8 million. That’s up more than $2 million from General Conference 2012 in Tampa, Fla., which, despite unfailing hospitality by local UM […]

We need a better GC and free press

By Rebekah Miles, Special Contributor… If we want a strong and vibrant church, we will need a strong and vibrant General Conference . . . and an independent press. Anyone who claims our United Methodist leadership is ineffective need only point to the 2012 General Conference. Leading up to General Conference, certain powers in the […]

GBHEM appoints David Martinez as Director of Specialized Theological Education

The Rev. David Martinez has been appointed director of Specialized Theological Education for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  Martinez, who currently serves as senior pastor at El Buen Samaritano United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Tex., joined GBHEM on June 3. Martinez will design and implement theological education programs to foster a […]

Reading list: Leadership ideas to help the church

By Bishop Larry Goodpaster, Special Contributor… Editor’s note: United Methodist Bishop Goodpaster shares brief reflections on the books he read during the first few months of 2012. Boundary Spanning Leadership by Chris Ernst and Donna Chrobot-Mason (McGraw-Hill, 2010) If there is one leadership book on this list that should be a must-read, this is it. […]

United Methodist Reporter to continue as a digital resource

Nashville, TN – June 5, 2012  CircuitWriter Media LLC announced today that it has entered into an agreement with UMR Communications Inc. to purchase the rights and digital assets of the United Methodist Reporter (UMR) with the intention of continuing the work of UMR on the Internet and through other digital means. This will allow […]

Book Review: In new book, pastor challenges Islamophobia

Ben Daniel, a Presbyterian pastor from California, recently set out to investigate the stereotypes of Islam that lead to fear-mongering and hate. In The Search for Truth about Islam: A Christian Pastor Separates Fact From Fiction, Mr. Daniel ventures across the Atlantic for a genuine and sincere understanding of Islam, and provides a charming and heartwarming look at the religion that is now puzzling millions of Americans.

Reflections: To ‘Reporter’ readers, a sad but hope-filled goodbye

Like many of my generation, I remember how much newspapers informed my early worldview. Every adult I knew read “the papers” daily. In New York City, where I grew up, there were at one time at least seven daily newspapers as well as papers printed in languages other than English. As a boy riding the […]

History of Hymns: Hymn celebrates role of music in worship

Even though it is a 21st-century hymn text, it is hard to separate “When Words Alone Cannot Express” from the familiar 17th-century hymn tune for which it was written—LASST UNS ERFREUEN, a tune often associated with the hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King.” The Rev. John Thornburg’s hymn uses this singable and triumphant melody to provide an explanation of the role of music in worship.

Newtown responders get ‘Strength for Service’

By Arthur McClanahan, United Methodist News Service… NEWTOWN, Conn.—Five months ago, the news from Newtown, Conn., stunned the world. Twenty children and six teachers and administrators had been killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The anguish of the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, is profoundly real for the families of the innocents who died […]