Archives for February 2014

Aging Well: Helping aging boomers become sages

It’s probably an understatement to say that Eston Williams is fired up! The pastor of Aley United Methodist in Seven Points, Texas has 65 years of “life experiences,” as he likes to say, and has taken to social media, church conferences, phone calls and newsletters to try to change the way church leaders think about […]

Maria Dixon Hall: An open letter to the mad Methodists

During this time of the year, I am usually knee-deep in the early drama of another semester’s classes. Students petitioning to graduate, others needing a space in a closed class, and the unfortunate waifs who have no idea what they are going to be when they graduate–all fill the halls outside my office seeking “just […]

Skeptic Pastor: The gift of the Gospels that aren’t in the Bible

“Did you know that when Jesus was a kid, he made birds out of clay and brought them to life?” Well I think if you’re asking this question  you have either been reading the infancy gospel of Thomas or watching the History Channel’s special on the ‘forbidden gospels’! I remember asking something just like that […]

‘Standards of Immigration Reform’ fall far short of what’s needed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has issued a statement declaring the Standards for Immigration Reform released Thursday by Republicans in the House of Representatives falls far short of the solutions needed to reform U.S. immigration laws. “In fact, the standards are a step in the wrong direction, according to […]

Wesley Bros: Tabled Talk

Click on image to expand to screen size If you’ve ever been in a meeting, you’ve been in THIS meeting. By the way, John Wesley DID make everyone bend to his brilliant will.  He was a top-down type of leader, (which the United Methodist Church is decidedly NOT), which is usually why brilliant people start […]

Tennessee has a newly bald bishop

Murfreesboro, Tenn. — This summer, while participating in the Tennessee Annual Conference youth event Summer Sizzler, Bishop Bill McAlilly made a challenge. He was talking with youth in the conference about the importance of the Youth Service Fund (YSF), and challenged them to expand their fundraising efforts for the program. Wanting to spur them forward, he told […]

Press Release: Funding sought to expand pilot e-reader project

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry The United Methodist Church 1001 19th Ave. South Nashville, Tenn. 37212 Contact: Vicki Brown,, 615-340-7380 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE View this release online at: Funding Sought to Expand Pilot E-Reader Project By Vicki Brown A pilot project to provide e-readers loaded with theological texts for a seminary in Liberia has […]

United Methodist gives $1.1 Million to fight malaria

Sacramento, Calif. — Imagine No Malaria will get a million-dollar-plus boost, thanks to a generous gift from a lifelong United Methodist who just wants to give back – the largest gift to date from an individual donor. The California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church hopes to raise $2 million in order to save 200,000 lives through Imagine […]