Archives for September 2014

UMC Street View: Redlands FUMC hosts photography exhibit

Redlands Camera Club members are exhibiting photographs in an exhibit in the gathering area gallery of Redlands First United Methodist church through Oct. 28.

Bishop Martin McLee passes away

With deep sorrow, we announce that Bishop Martin D. McLee, Resident Bishop of the New York Annual Conference, entered eternal rest this afternoon — Saturday, September 6, 2014.

“Houston: Confronting Poverty from the Heart of Faith” event promotes economic justice

FaithAndReason® is partnering with more than a dozen Houston-area institutions and nearly two dozen renowned activists, experts and academics to host a ground breaking 3-day seminar this September.

Will Frank Shaefer’s reinstatement be overturned?

The United Methodist Judicial Council will hear an appeal for a church trial case in which Frank Schaefer had his clergy credentials returned after being defrocked for violating church law on gay marriage.

Hispanic Christians launch initiative to bolster minority student achievement

With minority students now making up a majority of public school enrollments, a national group of Hispanic evangelicals is calling for strong ties between churches and schools to encourage better academic results.

UMC Street View: Graysville UMC restores community walking path

Northwest GA News reports that local church Graysville UMC has recently completed restorative work on a community walking track. The track is now open to the public.

GCFA approves changes to retiree medical costs

The General Council on Finance and Administration’s board on Aug. 22 approved changes to retirees’ plan that members hope will bring some consistency in pricing and reduce retirees’ expenses.

“Duck Dynasty” star on Islamic State: Convert ’em or kill ’em

You knew Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who says he never goes anywhere without his Bible or his “woman” (wife “Miss Kay”), would bring a fresh perspective on what to do about the Islamic State terrorists.

After kidnapping schoolgirls, Boko Haram takes aim at churches in northeast Nigeria

Five months after Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in Nigeria’s Borno State, the Islamic extremist group has begun occupying churches in the country’s northeastern region, church officials there said.

Methodists in England “like an iceberg… crumbling into the sea”

The Methodist Church in Britain is hemorrhaging members and has been described by a leading religious affairs commentator as “a bit like an iceberg that’s just crumbling into the sea.”

The comments of Linda Woodhead, a sociologist at Lancaster University, follow the publication of a report called “Statistics for Mission” by the Methodist Church that shows a dramatic collapse of membership — to about 200,000 in the U.K. — in the last decade.