Archives for June 2015

UMC Clergy struggle with health issues according to latest report

Is weight an issue for you? Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure? How about high cholesterol? Depression? These are just a few of the questions from the 2015 Clergy Health Survey sponsored by The Center for Health of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB), and their report, released last week, suggests […]

Responding to Bishop Warner Brown

First of all, I would like to begin by saying that I am not a bishop, a congressman, a scholar or anything of that nature.  I am a concerned Christian and a citizen of the United States who is troubled by the recent Supreme Court ruling this week. After reading Bishop Warner H Brown Jr.’s […]

Gerald Lord retires from GBHEM

The Rev. Dr. Gerald D. Lord will retire as associate general secretary in the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry effective July 1, 2015. At GBHEM, Lord championed reform in the denomination’s University Senate and created new partnerships for the agency with global Methodist education leaders in Japan, […]

Social-justice agency head says Supreme Court decision upholds both freedom of religious liberty and equal protection of all citizens under the law

Henry-Crowe also said GBCS “affirms and upholds in prayer the work of The United Methodist Church as it continues to discern its understanding of marriage.”

Council of Bishops President Issues Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement early this morning responding to the decision by the United States Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is a protected right under the U.S. Constitution. In his statement (printed in full below), Brown recognizes the ongoing division in the United […]

Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States Friday in a closely divided ruling that will stand as a milestone in its 226-year history.

An Interview with Bishop Gary Mueller

Our sister site, The MethoBlog, has been reporting from the Youth 2015 event which is going on this week in Orlando, FL. One of the participants in the event is Bishop Gary Mueller, the leader of Arkansas Episcopal Area, who sat down with us for a short interview about the importance of events like Youth […]

SC Pastor Calls Youth 2015 to Foundation of Love

ORLANDO, FL — The Rev. Telly Gadsden, pastor of the St. Mark United Methodist Church in Taylor, South Carolina , challenged participants at the Youth 2015 event in Orlando, Fl to ask themselves if their lives were built on the foundation of Jesus’ love. Her sermon was part of an evening worship service in which youth […]

Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church reopens with prayer, praise and a call for change

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hundreds Sunday packed the pews of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church readying themselves to bury nine beloved members and seek justice on their behalf as part of the church’s activist tradition. In an energetic and emotional service, the Rev. Norvel Goff assured those gathered that the victims, including the church’s pastor and […]

If you can’t say something nice…

“Thumper, what did your father tell you?” It’s a scene that I think most of us remember from the movie Bambi. In Thumper’s case, he was a curious child simply commenting on the inability of the fawn to stand up straight. All he was doing was telling the truth as he perceived it. Why then does his […]