Archives for February 2014

Take 2: UMR’s Guide to 2014 Oscars

The 2014 Academy Awards Show is this Sunday, March 2. In preparation for this year’s Oscars, UMR Movie Reviewer Kenny Dickson offered his thoughts on this year’s 2014 Best Picture Awards:

Wesleyan Wisdom: A bishop’s voice from our past

A few years ago I went back one more time to my office at a seminary where I was teaching (the seminary had vacated its old campus and moved to a new one).  There, on the hall floor, I saw discarded books that someone had tossed.  I saw that some were quite old,  and I  rescued […]

Press conference announced on Ogletree resolution

WHITE PLAINS, NY —  The trial court in the case of Dr Thomas Ogletree has announced that there will be a press conference on Monday, March 10, 2014 to announce the resolution of the pending case. A formal complaint had been issued against Ogletree, a United Methodist clergyperson and professor emeritus at Yale Divinity School for […]

Love Your Neighbor Coalition issues statement on Jordan Davis murder

The Love Your Neighbor Coalition has issued the following statement in response to the mistrial in the case of Michael Dunn, who was on trial for the murder of Jordan Davis in Florida: Florida has witnessed yet another innocent, unarmed, young black man killed, and once again no one was held accountable. The very need […]

A Response to Bishop Hagiya

by Dr. Maxie Dunnam Editor’s note: On February 3, 2014 Bishop Grant J. Hagiya of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area published a post on his blog titled “A Way Forward,” in which Bishop Hagiya reflected on the actions of Bishop Melvin Talbert and the ongoing debate about the United Methodist position on same-sex marriage. Dr. […]

Leadership, Deportation and Disobedience #not1more

Presidents Day, February 14th 2014, was a quiet news making day while a group of United Methodists were protesting outside the White House calling on President Obama to use his authority to stop the deportations of illegal immigrants. They were chanting the slogan of “Not one more.” During this protest 32 persons from the protest […]

Two bishops arrested at the White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two United Methodist bishops, Bishop Minerva Carcano of the Los Angeles Area, and Julius Trimble of the Iowa Area, were arrested on Presidents Day as they participated in an immigration policy rally on the sidewalk outside the White House. They were joined by 30 other faith leaders and immigrants, including Harriet Jane […]

Wesley Bros: A cartoonist’s journey to ordination

Click image to expand… From my sketchbook on the night of my ordination. I thought I’d butcher Methodist history a little. After the American Revolution, the American Methodists were left without clergy. After the Church of England refused to ordain clergy at Wesley’s request, John felt backed in a corner and promoted his 2nd in […]

Take 2 — August: Osage County

Rating: R (extreme language and adult content) The film adaptation of Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “August: Osage County” brings to the screen the intense story of the Weston family in all their pain and unimaginable dysfunction. Receiving her 18th Oscar nomination, Meryl Streep stars as the Weston family matriarch Violet Weston, and Julia […]

Recently Read: Rio Grande and SW Texas move toward unified conference

The Río Grande and Southwest Texas Conference had a called conference this week to work on their merger: The Río Grande and Southwest Texas Conference approved Feb. 8, by an overwhelming majority in both conferences, what Bishop Jim Dorff called “the beginning organizational plan of the Río Texas Conference,” all delegates closing the decision with […]