Archives for January 2014

Latin American and Caribbean Methodist Women Leadership Conference

When HiRho Park, Director of Lifelong Learning of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), wanted to provide opportunities and support for Latin American and Caribbean women in the Church, she returned to her experiences of coordinating other large gatherings of United Methodist women in regions around the world. Over 350 clergywomen gathered […]

Bishop Scott Jones on what the UMC has to offer

Bishop Scott Jones of the Great Plains area preached last year on why he believes the UMC has something to offer to Christian faith and practice in our world. drawing on this belief in the UMC as a place of the “extreme center.” Check it out. Recently Read Recently Read posts are stories the editors […]

Recently Read: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church to open doors to dogs

The Mt Zion UMC in Smithsburg, MD has a new service designed to fill the pews of the church — with pets: Not only do many pet owners love their animals like children, he said, “there are some folks who don’t like leaving their pets, especially dogs, at home alone. I thought it would be […]

Chuck takes on apportionments

We’ve been friends of the Church Knows Church series produced by the General Board of Discipleship for a while, but we were specially taken with this episode which offers a simple explanation of apportionments. Make sure to check it out. For more of this great series, check out Editor’s Note: Chuck Knows Church has been […]

Housing partner set for 2016 General Conference

Nashville, Tenn. — The Commission on General Conference has selected Connections Housing as the official accommodations partner for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. and the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. Through this partnership with The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body, Connections Housing will manage all aspects of accommodations, including leading and […]

Press Release: Perkins School of Theology Presents “Engaging the Bible”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2014 For more information: Rev. Connie Nelson, Director of Public Affairs and Alumni Relations 214-768-2335, Rev. Dr. Tim McLemore, Associate Director of Public Affairs 214-768-1393, Perkins School of Theology Presents “Engaging the Bible” Ministers Week: February 3–5, 2014 Dallas, Texas – Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University will host Ministers Week February […]

Recently Read: Alex church torn apart by gay issue

David Steele was the SPRC chair of the Alexandria, IN United Methodist Church, and got caught up in a controversy with the pastor of the church over the firing and desired rehiring of a beloved choir director, who happened to be gay. The controversy led to Steele being “fired” from his position, first by the […]

Bishop Jack Tuell dies at age 90

According to a report on, Bishop Jack Tuell, an expert on United Methodist polity, died this past Friday, January 10, 2014. The report originates from Bishop Grant Hagiya, who serves the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area. According to earlier reports from Hagiya this past October, Tuell had been battling prostate cancer. Trained first as a lawyer, […]

Wesley Bros: Prilosec Pentecost

Click image to enlarge This past May 24th was the 275th anniversary of John Wesley’s famous Aldersgate experience. Upon hearing Martin Luther’s preface to Romans, John described what many would explain as the Holy Spirit coming upon him in power. He had a confident assurance forever after, and by forever, I mean a few days. […]

Recently Read: ‘Flora-Bama’ pastor, congregation break from UMC

From The Rev. Jeremy Mount, who received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award in June at the United Methodists’ annual meeting in Mobile, turned in his credentials in mid-December, he said. He is the third well-known pastor to leave the Alabama-West Florida Conference in 2013. “We’ve always loved the local churches we’ve been a part […]