Archives for May 2014

Editor’s Notes: Unity 10 years later

Executive Editor Jay Voorhees remembers the Statement of Unity adopted at the 2004 General Conference of the UMC in Pittsburgh.

Conservative United Methodists say divide over sexuality is ‘irreconcilable’

Will the United Methodist Church divide as called for by the 80 traditionalist pastors and theologians? A Religion News Service report on schism in the UMC.

Bishop Roy Clark dead at 93

By Heather Hahn May 28, 2014 | NASHVILLE. Tenn. (UMNS) Retired Bishop Roy Clyde Clark, who nurtured United Methodist ministry globally and vital congregations locally, died May 27 in Nashville. He was 93. “He helped us to think theologically about the mission and message of the local church,” said retired Bishop Joseph E. Pennel Jr., […]

Maya Angelou, April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014, on Mount Zion finishing the Journey

The world woke up this morning to the news that one of our modern poets, storytellers and activists Maya Angelou passed away. A long time attender of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church here she is speaking about her faith and spiritual influences.

No Proof God Exists (Lessons in Talking to Skeptics)

“If God exists, I want proof.” Almost as if reading a script from my past conversations with atheists and skeptics this person repeated this common question. What do you say? How do you react?

Tennessee United Methodists Protest The Electric Chair

Tennessee and Memphis Conference United Methodists convened on the steps of the Tennessee state capital to protest a bill that would implement the use of the electric chair in death penalty sentences.

Recently Read: A visual prayer for the future of the UMC

Gary Schockley is an artist, author, and pastor from North Carolina who does some amazing sand art. In the wake of the recent conversations on division and schism, he put together the following visual prayer for the United Methodist Church. It’s definitely worth checking out. Recently Read Recently Read posts are stories the editors of […]

Wesley Bros: Docsferatu

Click on image to expand to full screen  I didn’t really understand health care to begin with, and now I just have no clue.  But thank God John Wesley wrote a book on basic health care so I know that healthy Christians go to bed at 9 PM and wake up at 4 AM, drink […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Dangerous road ahead! Proceed with caution.

I am an old man with far less tolerance for the arguments about social justice issues that might divide the church . . . a church I love and to which I have devoted sixty years of my professional life. Not only am I old and retired, I come from a family heritage that has […]

Amicable breakup of UMC needed, pastor group says

By Sam Hodges* DALLAS (UMNS) — A group of United Methodist pastors and theologians is calling for an amicable split of the denomination, saying differences over homosexuality and other issues are irreconcilable. The group describes itself as traditionalist and says its ranks include more than 80 members, including pastors of some of the larger United […]