Archives for June 2015

The Fabric of our Lives

This week, I was moved to mourning by news of racial terrorism against the AME Church in Charleston, SC. To learn than 9 of my brothers and sisters in Christ were killed for (what reports seem to indicate) no other reason than the color of their skin has led many of us to cry out, […]

Social-justice agency deplores shootings, unrelenting racism of killings in Charleston, S.C.

The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church joins with people of faith everywhere in praying for the victims of the brutal, senseless shootings Wednesday night of nine members of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

Deadly rampages: We have seen this before

It has happened before in a kindergarten class, a college campus, a movie theater, a McDonald’s. The words resonate as places forever linked with the unspeakable: Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Luby’s.

Clergyman surrenders credentials in response to conference action on same-sex marriage

The Wichita Eagle highlights a dramatic scene where Rob Schmutz, a pastor at The United Methodist Church at Park City in Wichita Kansas, turned in his credentials after the Great Plains United Methodist Church Annual Conference session voted to approve a petition that “would eliminate the performance of same-sex marriages from the list of offenses […]

United Methodist conferences petition denomination on behalf of LGBT rights

(RNS) An Upstate New York bishop has dismissed a 2013 complaint that accused a retired United Methodist pastor of breaking church law by officiating at several same-sex weddings, including his daughter’s. Bishop Mark J. Webb’s May 26 decision to dismiss charges against the Rev. Steve Heiss eliminates a costly and controversial church trial, which in other […]

Home Depot taps Strength for Service as recipient of rebate program

Beginning June 15, The Home Depot will offer United Methodist churches and affiliate organizations an opportunity to help fund the distribution of free copies of Strength for Service to God and Country, to U. S. military troops and veterans.

A Theology of Work (COMMENTARY)

I came to understand that part of my problem with work was the incessant need to prove something – in other words: to have, to do, to produce.

Recently Read: Unusual Entrant In Food Truck Scene

Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, in Fort Worth Texas, has made a shift in how a church can do feeding ministry. In doing so, they see it as an opportunity to go out into the community more. Fort Worth dot com online magazine has this food truck story. The West Side church on Sunday officially […]

Recently Read: U.K.’s Methodist Church Apologizes for Sexual, Emotional Abuse Over Decades

The Wall Street Journal reporting. The independent report, commissioned by the church and based on written records and interviews with ministers and members of the church over three years, identified 1,885 cases of sexual, physical, emotional and domestic abuse, as well as cases of neglect between 1950 and 2014. Martin Atkins, general secretary of the […]

Recently Read: United Methodists urge families to support gay youth, stop bullying

A resolution to stop bullying of gay youth was passed at the North Alabama Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, held this week at Birmingham Southern College. & Greg Garrison reporting. The North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church approved a resolution Tuesday calling on churches to encourage families to support gay and […]