Archives for July 2013

Why the Church Could Use a Few More Skeptics

Most people have experienced the awkward moment where someone asks the question about God, faith, life, etc. that everyone has wondered but has left unsaid that has resulted in a hush in the room.

10 Questions for Church Leaders: Bishop Michael J. Coyner

Bishop Michael J. Coyner “Bishop Mike” as most people call him, is originally from Anderson, Indiana. He served churches of various sizes, served as a District Superintendent of the former Lafayette District, and was also the Executive Assistant to Bishop Woodie W. White for the Indiana Area. He was elected a bishop of the United […]

Bishop urges churches to welcome everyone

By Susan Green* ORLANDO – Bishop Ken Carter is encouraging churches across the Florida Conference to welcome gays and lesbians in worship and ministry. At a regularly scheduled gathering of St. Luke’s UMC’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender cluster group Thursday, Carter encouraged United Methodists to welcome people of all sexual orientations with a spirit […]

Susan Henry-Crowe to lead United Methodist Board of Church and Society

by Wayne Rhodes* WASHINGTON — The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, dean of the Chapel and Religious Life at Emory University in Atlanta, has been elected to succeed James E. Winkler as chief executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. The appointment will be effective at the February 2014 board meeting of the agency. […]

Perkins School of Theology announces new faculty in Christian Theology, History of Christianity

DALLAS – Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, announces the appointment of two new faculty members who will begin teaching in fall 2013. Dr. Natalia Marandiuc has been named assistant professor of Christian Theology and will teach in the area of systematic theology. Rev. Tamara Lewis will be an instructor in Church History, specializing […]

A Status Update

If you’ve been wondering why things have been slow around for the past week it has to do with your loyal editors attempting to take vacation and spend some time with our families. Gavin has been in Wales for a family reunion for the past week or so and I am currently in Los […]

Aging Well — Supporting those in senior communities

Each Sunday morning before worship begins, I make the rounds to visit with older friends at church. Not long ago I hugged an older woman and asked about her upcoming week. After a brief pause, she forced a smile and told me that she was going to attend an Open House at a new senior […]

Sound the alarm: An open letter to the United Methodist Church

by the Reverend Doug Cunningham* Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly; gather the people.  Sanctify the congregation; assemble the aged; gather the children, even infants at the breast.  Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her canopy.  Between the vestibule and the altar, let the pastors lead […]

Army Chaplain’s ordination: A ‘BUT GOD’ moment

Story and photos by Daniel R. Gangler* INDIANAPOLIS — Ordaining a minister outside of an annual conference session is a rare event in the corporate life of The United Methodist Church. Such an ordination Tuesday night, July 16, was unique and so is Chaplain Anthony Hunley of the United States Army. The service was held […]

Donors deliver love in dollars

by Holly McCray* Conference Treasurer Brian Bakeman opened the envelope from a business in Dubuque, Iowa. Inside was a $2,000 check, designated for the Church to use to help rebuild lives after May’s destructive tornadoes in Oklahoma. That check is one of many money gifts that continue to arrive at the Treasurer’s Office. Each gift […]