Archives for September 2013

Registration now open for 2014 Large Church Initiative

Registration is now open for Continuum – “Engaging All Generations,” the 2014 Large Church Initiative Conference of the United Methodist Church.

GBHEM directors approve Dream Team plan for Young Clergy Initiative

By Vicki Brown* The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a plan to disburse funds from the $7 million Young Clergy Initiative to innovative projects of all sizes that could attract young people to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. On Monday, Board members made suggestions for improving […]

Recently Read: Pastor faces trial for officiating same-sex marriage

From the Lebanon Daily News: Like all ministers, the Rev. Frank Schaeffer looked forward to officiating his son’s wedding. Now, his decision to do so could end his ministerial career. Schaefer, pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township, will go on trial before the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United […]

Cataldo to join GBOD as Director of Laity in Leadership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jodi L. Cataldo, Director of Leadership Development for the Dakotas Annual Conference, will become the Director of Laity in Leadership at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) on Dec. 1. Cataldo, who has served on the conference staff since 2010, previously served both on staff and as a missionary for the General […]

United Methodist social justice agency condemns chemical weapons use in Syria

CHEVY CHASE, Md. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria and called for a negotiated peace settlement under the auspices of the United Nations. GBCS’s Board of Directors, meeting here last week, unanimously approved a statement declaring that those responsible for the […]

Cincinnati pastor is nominee for GBOD General Secretary

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  –  Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky of the Denver episcopal area and president of The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), has notified the board of directors that the Search Committee will present the Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias as the nominee for General Secretary of GBOD. Bias, who is senior pastor of Hyde Park […]

Recently Read: PBS show examines UM position on same/sex marriages

The PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly featured the debate in the UMC around same-sex marriage:   REV. OGLETREE: I was inspired by Dr. King during my participation in the Civil Rights Movement when he said that an unjust law is no law. These are unjust laws, and therefore they do not really have the authority of […]

Recently Read: United Methodist clergy warned to beware of scams

From the Columbus Dispatch: The local conference of the United Methodist Church is warning of a scam in which pastors and churches are contacted by con artists purporting to be from the bishop’s office and asking for money for someone urgently in need. In a message sent Thursday to churches and other Methodist organizations, the […]

Recently Read: Candler School of Theology defends honoring anti-gay reverend

From the GA Voice: Emory University’s Candler School of Theology is well-known for being accepting of LGBT students and faculty. But plans by the renowned theology school to recognize a well-known United Methodist Church reverend who helped organize an effort to ensure the UMC keep its longstanding stance that homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching” […]

Aging Well: Life in the fourth quarter

I have never met 84 year-old Dede Casad in person, but judging from her book, The Fourth Quarter: The Hail Mary for Seniors, I imagine her to be a little like Judge Judy. Spunky, funny and no-nonsense. At least that is the tone of her new book which challenges the notion that retirees somehow deserve […]