Archives for November 2013

Recently Read: A church divided

The Boston Globe unpacks the current situation of The United Methodist Church: “The United Methodist Church is falling apart,” said Will Green, the pastor of St. Nicholas United Methodist Church in Hull, where Schaefer’s son Tim attends church. “Even in the past couple of weeks, meeting by meeting, event by event, it is coming undone.” […]

Shockley to be Director of Congregational Development in WNC AC

The Western North Carolina Annual Conference announced today that the Rev. Gary Shockley will become the Congregational Development Team Leader effective January 1, 2014. Shockley is best known for his work at the General Board of Discipleship as the Executive Director of Path 1, which provides resources related to new church starts. Shockley has been […]

Recently Read: The rise and fall of the Crystal Methodist

While we’ve been consumed with the debate here on human sexuality, our friends in The Methodist Church in the United Kingdom have been weathering a scandal featuring a pastor named Paul Flowers, nicknamed in the UK press as “The Crystal Methodist” (for his drug transactions) Some of his offences were relatively trivial, like a drink-driving […]

Press Release: Music ministry certificate program to begin in January

UNITED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY News Release 4501 Denlinger Road • Dayton, OH  45426 Contact: Angie Klosterman, Communications Coordinator 937.529.2201 • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE:  November 20, 2013 Music Ministry Certificate Program to Begin in January Announcing United’s 2014 Floyd and Elaine Flake Certificate in Music Ministry DAYTON, OH – United Theological Seminary (United), of Dayton, OH, announces its […]

Press Release: Randolph begins work as GBOD’s Director of Aging and Older Ministries Dec. 1

NEWS RELEASE GBOD Communications Office Steve Horswill-Johnston, Executive Director (615) 340-1726 (O) (615) 429-3431 (C)   Randolph Begins Work as GBOD’s Director of Aging and Older Ministries Dec. 1 NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nov. 20, 2013 /GBOD/ – The Rev. Dr. William B. Randolph, former chaplain at a senior living community in Pennsylvania, will become Director of Aging and Older […]

A sermon for the death of a president 50 years later

The following is a portion of Dr. William H. Dickinson’s sermon “Living Out Our Faith” delivered on November 24, 1963. Dr. Dickinson was the pastor of Highland Park Methodist Church, one of the largest, most prominent Methodist Churches in the world, one of the most influential churches in Dallas, and was the church home for […]

Recently Read: UMPH to lay off 2 execs

Via the Nashville Tennessean: Two executive staff members of the United Methodist Publishing House will leave at year-end after their positions were cut as part a makeover of the leadership team. Employees were told this week about elimination of the jobs of Ed Kowalski, senior vice president of marketing and sales, and Alyce Meadors, vice […]

IRD sponsors petition affirming “biblical marriage”

The UMAction division of The Institute on Religion and Democracy(IRD) has created a web petition for United Methodists asking them to affirm that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman, that sex is reserved with the covenant of a monogamous, heterosexual marriage, and prohibiting clergy and churches from celebrating same-sex rites. The site, […]

An interview with Amy DeLong

The Rev. Amy DeLong will not be ignored. DeLong, a clergy member from the Wisconsin Annual Conference first came to prominence in the United Methodist Church when she was put on trial for coming out as a lesbian and officiating at the union of a lesbian couple (informing the annual conference of both) in 2011. […]

Penn. United Methodists deliver petition to bishop calling for end to trials

NORRISTOWN, Pa.  — A group of United Methodists from throughout Pennsylvania delivered a petition signed by 25,000 Christians across the country, calling on Bishop Peggy Johnson not to put any more pastors on trial over gay weddings. The petition comes after United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer was put on trial for officiating at the wedding […]