Archives for March 2015

‘Flat Wesleys’ Help Children Learn, Practice Intentional Discipleship

Children throughout the United Methodist connection are learning about the history of the Methodist movement and practicing intentional discipleship with the help of drawings of John and Charles Wesley called “Flat Wesleys.”

Churches in each annual conference and each central conference are receiving laminated copies of the Flat Wesleys to begin the project, which will continue through September, said Melanie C. Gordon, director of Ministry with Children at Discipleship Ministries.

Americans of faith must reconsider stands on nuclear terrorism (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Setsuko Thurlow was 13 when “progress” came to Hiroshima in a white-hot flash. In the dark silence following the nuclear bomb blast, Thurlow recalls children crying, “Mama, help me. God, help me.” Her sister lived for four days. Many of her 351 dying schoolmates “looked like skeletons with skin hanging from their bones.” They […]

Social-justice agency board approves $120,000 in grants

General Board of Church & Society chief executive cites 5 challenges to denomination in report to Board of Directors.

Your sons and your daughters will prophesy (COMMENTARY)

Every now and again I read about someone who has “gone to glory” and wish I had known them in the here and now. Lee Anna Starr is one of those saints. I imagine she would have been a wise and spirited friend.

GBHEM names new communication director

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry announced today the appointment of Ebony Lincoln as director in the Office of Communications, previously named the Office of Interpretation.

The Christian radio echo chamber: We are under siege by our enemies (COMMENTARY)

When a sizable portion are being told that they are under attack — their faith, their Bible, their children, their homes, their nation — anger and its companion, fear, are the inevitable result.

“Selma sowed, but it did not reap”; anniversary puts spotlight on deep poverty

With the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday this weekend, America was reminded how this small city helped bring sweeping change to the nation.

Rage without weeping (COMMENTARY)

Our anger at those who perpetuate injustice and who abuse their positions of influence for their own gain must – if that anger is to be righteous – be based in our own love and mourning for those same people we direct our anger at.

Virginia Clergy Not to Face Trial; Lost Salary Subsidized by Supporters

United Methodists are sending a message to conferences like Virginia that would seek to deter LGBTQ people from receiving the full ministry of the church: We will support clergy that The UMC attempts to penalize.

Recently Read: Charles is staying

Our CEO, Charles Harrison, has been hired as the first Catalyst pastor at Kessler Park UMC in Dallas, TX.