Archives for October 2013

First Wesley Foundation celebrates 100 Years of ministry

By Paul Black* URBANA, Ill. – In the midst of celebrating 100 years of campus ministry at the Wesley Foundation on the campus of the University of Illinois, Illinois Area Bishop Jonathan Keaton challenged campus ministries everywhere, asking, “What good news of the gospel is available to students who live with their backs against the wall?” […]

Recently Read: Kaiser-Barclay longs for peace

Mary Ann (Kaiser) Barclay, the woman who was removed from the ordination process in the Southwest Texas Annual Conference leading to a Judicial Council ruling earlier this week, reflected on the desire for peace at the RCMBlog: We know, however, that peace is never birthed by masking problems, avoiding conflict, or even enduring some sacrifices. […]

Recently Read: Lambrecht reviews Judicial Council decisions

Thomas Lambrecht, Vice President and General Manager of Good News just published his analysis of the recent Judicial Council decisions: The Judicial Council met recently to consider a long list of cases posed by various annual conferences.  I have given a more complete description of the cases Good News was following HERE.  The Council made two […]

Worthy Girls, Worthy Lives: Program Nurtures Girls’ Self-Esteem

By John W. Coleman* Like too many girls, Ariel Gilliam, a shy 8-year-old, was used to being bullied at school. She would keep to herself mostly, but then “act out” with aggression when she’d had enough, according to her mother. So it was no surprise that learning to understand and to resist bullying through assertive behavior […]

After one year, Hurricane Sandy damage lingers

By Susan Kim* October 22, 2013—Mary Reyes knows exactly how many days she was forced from her home by Hurricane Sandy: 303. She left her Keansburg, New Jersey, residence on Oct. 28, 2012, about 24 hours before Hurricane Sandy unleashed its fury over the community. Reyes was caring for her granddaughters, ages 12 and 15, […]

Good News responds to same-sex union performed by Bishop Talbert

HOUSTON, Tx — Good News, a group in the United Methodist Church which attempts to promote “orthodox Wesleyan Christianity,” released a statement today condemning Bishop Melvin G. Talbert for presiding at a service celebrating the marriage of a gay couple this past Saturday in Birmingham, and calling on the Council of Bishops to “exercise discipline and hold […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Born again churches and the disconnect with culture

“Born Again Churches” the title read, in a secular Scottish magazine. It reported about a precipitous free-fall in the Church of Scotland attendance which reflects a seismic cultural shift.  Attendance is declining about 17,000 per year in the country historically known for its great preachers, such as Peter Marshall. The magazine writer put it this […]

United Methodist Judicial Council rules on sexuality related issues

BALTIMORE, Md — The Judicial Council, the top court of the United Methodist Church, has issued its rulings for their fall docket and has ordered Bishop James Dorff to issue a ruling of law as to whether the Southwest Texas board of ordained ministry acted appropriately in the the removal of Mary Ann (Kaiser) Barclay […]

Editor’s Notes: Joe and Bobby are married. What now?

For the past week it seemed like all that any of us United Methodist news nerds could talk about was the ongoing struggle between Bishop Mel Talbert and the Council of Bishops as he prepared to officiate at the celebration of marriage of Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince. Comments flew fast and heavy on the […]

Bishop follows through on commitment to conduct same sex wedding

Center Point, AL — United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert followed through on his announced commitment to join in marriage Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw, a same-sex couple who are members of the Discovery United Methodist Church in Hoover, Ala. Openshaw and Prince were legally married in a civil union in Washington, D.C. in September. Wanting […]