Archives for February 2014

Walden’s Words: Celebrating Black History Month

Diversity is important.  Christians are a diverse group of people.  Christianity’s diversity includes various languages, belief systems, races, nationalities, and genders to name a few.  February is a time when many people in the United States of America (USA) place a special emphasis on celebrating Black History Month.  Black History Month remains relevant.  Black History […]

United Methodist Communications rolls out a revamped

Wednesday morning was a long awaited day for many in the United Methodist Communications (UMCom) offices. February 12th was the roll out date for a newly revamped and designed The life of a website is tough today’s marketplace. Competing with the many start up businesses and ecommerce sites that pride themselves on a user […]

UM homeless advocate featured on 60 Minutes

Nashville, Tenn. — For many it might have been a usual Sunday night, but for Ingrid McIntyre a United Methodist in the Nashville area (Tennessee Conference) it was a night to be especially excited. This Sunday evening was the culmination of a number of interviews by Anderson Cooper and his television news team seeking to capture […]

Recently Read: A UM youth ministry certification journey

Mak  Young reflects on her experience of the Perkins Youth Ministry Certification program: Well, I must confess that I slipped into that stereotypical, “I need help but no one can give it to me” attitude when it came to furthering my education/training in youth ministry. I found myself in an emotional tornado displaying annoyance, confusion, […]

Recently Read: Ogletree’s church trial postponed indefinitely

From the Religion News Service: (RNS) The trial of a retired United Methodist pastor and former Yale Divinity School dean accused of breaking church law by performing a gay wedding has been delayed indefinitely. Bishop Clifton Ives, a retired Maine bishop overseeing the trial, and pastors representing the church and the Rev. Thomas Ogletree, all […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Meeting the Mosaics with Methodism’s message

Much research, writing, praying, and head-scratching is going on these days as to why so few young adults are in the church.  The name used for people born since 1984 is “Millennials” for some, but the name “Mosaics” is probably more accurate.  Why? Because in a mosaic, each individual piece is different, retains its own […]

Wesley Bros: Get into the hobbit of communion

Click image to expand to fill screen Holy Communion is the mysterious celebration of Christ laying down his body and blood so that we might have eternal life.  Christ is really present to us in the bread and wine, and in the body of Christ, which is the Church.  God’s grace is uniquely given in […]

Recently Read: Imagination in the middle way

Drew McIntrye, Stephen Fife, and Evan Rohr’s-Dodge are UM clergy who have started a new blog called Via Media Methodists which thinks about a third way between the extremes between liberalism and conservatism which often seem to be the only options present. Today they were writing about imagination as a means for addressing the polarization of our […]

Faith Lived Out: The value of knowing value

The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church did not appear as some spontaneous phenomenon. They have a history. In fact, their history is so storied that one might find it difficult to peel all of the layers away. The Social Principles themselves refer to the early Methodist opposition to slavery, smuggling, and the abuse […]

Henry-Crowe to be installed as GBCS General Secretary Feb. 27

CHEVY CHASE, Md. — The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe will formally be installed as General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) during a worship service Thursday, Feb. 27. The installation service will take place at 7 p.m. at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church here. The installation of Henry-Crowe as […]