Archives for September 2013

Recently Read: Nashville pastor turns heads with church sign

The Rev. Bill Campbell recently got some press about the sign slogan he posted at the St. John’s UMC in West Nashville: “It’s a statement about children. It’s a statement about parenting. It’s a statement about our society and how we accept people and how we accept people that don’t have any choice in where […]

Recently Read: Clergy anger and the urgency of a true spiritual life

Tom Bandy offers an excellent reflection on the increase in clergy depression, and its source at Ministry Matters: The reason many clergy are depressed is that they are angry. And the reason that they are angry is that they are consistently victimized by dysfunctional bullies who wield power inside the church. Victimization is about emotional, […]

Lifelong Global Ministries missionaries receive World Methodist Peace Award

United Methodist missionaries Marion and Anita Way, known for their work in Angola and Brazil received the 2013 World Methodist Peace Award. The award was presented on September 12, 2013 at Wesley’s Chapel in London, United Kingdom during the World Methodist Council’s 2013 meeting. The head of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, […]

A prayer for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shootings

*by Jay Voorhees Master of the Universe, it has happened again. We don’t know the details, even as the news crews report breathlessly every scrap of information that floats by in the wind. We don’t know the perpetrator of this violence, nor their motive for their crimes. What we know is that once again people […]

Candler School of Theology announces fall event schedule

The Candler School of Theology at Emory University has announced two special programs this fall for students and clergy alike.

Recently Read: Update on the Colorado Floods

  The United Methodist News Service has provided a good overview on the United Methodist responses to the flooding in Colorado. Click here to check out their story on their UMC Connections blog.

Recently Read: Aldersgate UMC members earn national recognition

Service before self is the common denominator as four members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church have been recognized with national service awards. via Aldersgate United Methodist Church members earn national recognition | Click on the link above to read the full story.

Recently Read: Maryland church aims for ‘Hunger-free’ ZIP Code

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Md., has set out to make the ZIP Code in which it resides—20895—the nation’s first “Hunger Free Zone.” via Maryland church aims for ‘Hunger-free’ ZIP Code | Baltimore-Washington Conference. Click the link above to read the full story.

Recently Read: It’s time for Mark Tooley to stop bullying Stanley Hauerwas and other pacifists

Morgan Guyton takes on Mark Tooley (president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy) for Tooley’s continued attacks on politicians and church leaders calling for peace: When people make these kinds of accusations flippantly without substantiation, they need to be called to account. Tooley doesn’t give any supporting evidence for this tremendous theological claim, which […]

Recently Read: Good News Magazine responds to Bishop Talbert

Tom Lambrecht from Good News responds to the recent story about Bishop Melvin Talbert’s sermon and blessing at the Reconciling Ministry Network’s ChurchQuake convocation: Good News laments the fact that, once again, leaders in our church are advocating for disobedience to our United Methodist covenant, without any public rebuke or accountability from the bishops, who are charged […]