Archives for January 2014

Liberian president invited to be keynoter at IAMSCU conference

By Vicki Brown* Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and 2011 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2014 International IAMSCU Conference in Hiroshima, Japan. “We are delighted that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is a United Methodist and the first elected female head of state in […]

Deadline for legislative proposals extended for Young People’s Gathering

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Delegates planning to attend the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly now have additional time to submit legislative proposals they would like to have adopted at the July gathering in the Philippines. The deadline for submitting legislative proposals has been extended until Feb. 14, said Michael Ratliff, Associate General Secretary at the […]

Fly In To Serve Others changes lives in the Bahamas

CARY, NC —  “I’ve marked off more things on my bucket list by participating in the Fly-In than anywhere else,” says Katharine Zimmerman of Florida. “The things I enjoy most out of life are spending time with great people, enhancing communities, being near the water and flying. We get to do all of that on […]

Memphis Conference finances force downsizing

Jackson, Tenn — The Memphis Annual Conference announced this week that they were facing a financial shortfall that is forcing the conference to reduce the size of their staff. Bishop William T. McAlilly of the Nashville Episcopal Area (the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences) sent an e-mail statement to the members of the conference addressing the […]

Football not the only competition between Seattle and Denver

You will not have to look very far through the paper or scan the television to learn of some big game happening this weekend. What you might miss is the fierce competition between Washington state area and Colorado state area United Methodist Churches in a super big food drive. Initiated shortly after the teams for […]

Defrocked UM pastors gather at Foundry UMC

by  Jan  Lawrence* Washington, DC — Three former United Methodist pastors who have had their credentials removed related to issues around homosexuality appeared together yesterday at a special worship service at the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Advertised as a service for hope and justice, Frank Schaefer, Jimmy Creech, and Beth Stroud all […]

Wesley Bros: Let the children come

Click on the image to enlarge to screen…. In honor of my new son, I thought it was a great time to talk about infant baptism.  Baptism uses water as an outward sign of the inward grace to be born again by God.  Baptizing an infant, or anyone who cannot speak for themselves, is a […]

UM expert on baptism dies

Durham, NC — The Rev. Dr. Gayle Carlton Felton died yesterday according to an announcement posted on the Calvary UMC (Durham, NC) website. Felton was 73 years old, and had been battling cancer for several years. Felton was the pastor of the Calvary church, and a former faculty member at Meredith College and Duke Divinity […]

Bishop Matthews calls for prayers, action, in wake of Mall shooting

Columbia, MD — News today about the shooting and killing of 3 people at the Mall in Columbia (Maryland) has led Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference to issue a statement. In his statement Matthews acknowledges that this tragedy hits close to home since the annual conference’s offices are located just a few […]

Judicial Council to continue deliberations on sexuality issues in April

Editor’s note: We mistakenly identified one of the actions as coming from the Southwest Texas Annual Conference when in fact it came from the Desert Southwest. We have updated our story to fix this mistake. The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church (UMC), the top judicial body of the UMC, will again review several […]