Archives for September 2013

A Word about the UM Portal

As most of you know, this past May CircuitWriter Media (of which I’m a partner) assumed control of in the wake of the closing of UMR Inc. which had operated the United Methodist Reporter in one form or another for over 160 years. While we purchased the website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and the rights […]

Bishop blesses same-sex couples in their marriages

Chevy Chase, MD — Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, a retired bishop of the United Methodist Church and an outspoken advocate for full inclusion of GLBTQ persons in the life of the church, offered a special blessing for the union of same-sex couples present at the Sunday, September 1, 2013 evening worship service of the Reconciling […]

Training focuses on DS as Chief Missional Strategist, DCM as Steward of Vision

By Vicki Brown* New district superintendents embraced their new role as chief missional strategist, while directors of connectional ministries focused on how they can serve as the steward of vision in the annual conferences. And the two groups looked especially at how those two roles can work together. The Rev. Schuyler Rhodes, superintendent of the […]

Skeptic Pastor: Nostradamus vs. Revelation

One of the repeating sensational topics for “histotainment” channels like the History Channel to air are programs about prophecy and the end of the world.  Among those who are non-religious or nominally religious, the prophecies of Nostradamus and how they stack up to the Bible are interesting to say the least.  So, how do they […]

Council lists steps for resolving East Africa issues – United Methodist Connections

From The United Methodist News Service: The directors of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency have adopted a list of steps for resolving the audit issues in the church’s East Africa area, including a call for the area bishop to resign. The board of directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration met Aug. […]

Good News: Coping with a Hostile Society

Tom Lambrecht offers an interesting commentary about maintaining traditional Christian values in a culture that tends to view Christianity in negative terms due to Christian judgmental attitudes: It is true that there have been times and places where Christians have acted “unchristianly.” We have been judgmental and insensitive in how we attempted to express the […]

RCM: Another clergy member facing church trial

In a commentary on biblical obedience at The Reconciling Ministries Network blog we learn of another clergy member about to face trial for performing a same-sex wedding: Rev. Frank Schaefer, elder at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, performed the wedding of his son Tim and his partner over 5 years ago. […]