Archives for July 2013

Wesleyan Wisdom: The Dance of Conversion

Somehow, some way, some time before we close more doors, we must address the issue of conversion.  This is no time for caricature or stereotype or truisms. Coaching people, mentoring people, witnessing to people has been, is, and will be the heart and soul of every Christian’s raison d’etre.   As our Book of Dicipline states, […]

Schol releases expanded statement on misuse of funds

In a letter to clergy first released at, Bishop John Schol, the leader of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference responded to the allegations made against the Rev. Sungnam Choi by the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) regarding the misappropriation of funds by Choi while he was on staff at GBOD. Choi’s most recent […]

Editor’s Picks for 7/10/2013

Here are a few of the things we’ve been reading today. Free offer your comments on these stories below. Wesley Didn’t Say It: “Holy Conferencing” Kevin Watson continues with his series on popular sayings attributed to John Wesley that he didn’t really say.  Methodist Church appoints working group on marriage Our friends across the pond […]

The great American institution and rivers of grace

by the Rev. Ben Gosden* I was born in a river town. I grew up in a town where the river was a historical source of economic sustainability. It gave us power as it exercised its power. I grew up knowing how to both fear and appreciate the beauty of the river. You feared it […]

Forensic Audit Discovers Misuse of GBOD Funds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) announced this afternoon that a forensic audit had revealed a misuse of funds by a former staff member, the Rev. Sungnam Choi, who was the Director of Korean American and Asian Ministries for GBOD between 2003 and 2010. According to GBOD, these funds were used for […]

Burton to direct Women’s & Children’s Advocacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan Burton, who has directed the United Methodist Seminar Program on National & International Affairs at the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) for 12 years, has been named to fill the position of Director & Organizer for Women’s & Children’s Advocacy. This position oversees the work of the Louise & […]

Editor’s Picks — July 9, 2013

Here are some of the things we’ve been following today, with some questions for discussion: Christian alternative to Boy Scouts plans first convention in Nashville In the wake of the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay participation, a group is announcing the creation of a “Christian” alternative.  Will the creation of […]

Oklahoma license plate suit sparks debate

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has ruled a United Methodist pastor can continue his suit against the state of Oklahoma over the license plate image of a Native American shooting an arrow into the sky because he feels it violates his religious liberty. Even though neither his church nor his ordination is […]

Editor’s Picks — July 8, 2013

Here are a few of the stories we’ve been reading at or around the web: Help me understand… Talbot Davis is interested in talking about the teachings of the bible on monogamy as they relate to the same-sex marriage debate. Make sure to read the comments and join in the conversation.  Profile of Florida […]

Thank You

by Gloria Voorhees Thomas FUMC, Denton, TX Denton, Texas Thank you for taking up the torch. As a Christian Educator for 50 years, now retired, I have a long and enriching experience with the United Methodist Reporter. I edited an annual conference page for 2 years and local church editions for more years than I […]