Archives for October 2015

Court defers review of ‘Plan UMC Revised’

By Linda Bloom Oct. 26, 2015 | ST. LOUIS (UMNS) A ruling on the constitutionality of legislation for a proposed organizational plan for The United Methodist Church has been deferred until May. To make a declaratory decision about one specific piece of proposed legislation, the United Methodist Judicial Council said in Decision 1303, “could intrude” […]

An interview with Mike Tupper

Earlier this week it was reported that the Rev. Michael Tupper and Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey had been unable to find a just resolution regarding the complaint made against Rev. Tupper in his presiding at the marriage of Rev. Benjamin David and Monty Hutchinson on July 17, 2015. As a resolution was unable to be reached, Bishop […]

Recently Read: Is the judicial review of Plan UMC biased?

Jeremy Smith at Hacking Christianity unpacks this weeks review of the PlanUMC reorganizational plan by the United Methodist Judicial Council: In short, when the Judicial Council meets later this week, there’s two voices of support (or at least benevolent ambivalence from the Bishops) for PlanUMC–and no voices of opposition, as one would expect of a trustworthy […]

Momany: It’s time for a new personalism

A few years ago, our college held a symposium on the Underground Railroad tradition. We are located in southeastern Michigan, with a history of pre-Civil War antislavery activism. Near the end of the symposium, participants considered the meaning this legacy holds for today. One person observed that her local congregation needed improvement regarding issues of […]

Recently Read: UM congregation endows SMU Methodist history chair

The Dallas Morning News reported last week that the Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas has committed to a large donation to Southern Methodist University: Highland Park United Methodist Church has given $1.5 million to neighboring Southern Methodist University to advance Methodist scholarship. The gift includes $1 million to establish and endow the Umphrey Lee […]

Commentary: Jesus was a Refugee

*by Mike Slaughter When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” –Matthew 2:13 Recent heart-breaking pictures […]

700 emerging NEJ leaders meet to ‘See Know Love’

*by Erik Alsgaard More than 700 United Methodists from around the Northeastern Jurisdiction gathered in Hershey, Pa., Oct. 2-4, for a first-of-its-kind event focusing on transformational leadership. “See Know Love” sought to target the church’s youngest leaders, both clergy and laity, according to the Rev. Ann Pearson, retired Elder from the New York Conference and […]

Commentary: Christian Discipleship for Dummies

*By Dan Dick I was in conversation with some of my colleagues about the state of The United Methodist Church. We each took a Post-It® Note and wrote what we thought was the most pressing need/critical issue facing the church. Most of the notes were about declining numbers — not enough new members, not enough […]

Religious or not, many Americans see a creator’s hand

*by Cathy Lynn Grossman (RNS) You don’t have to believe in God or identify with any religion to see a creator’s hand in human life and morality, suggests a new survey. LifeWay Research’s overall finding — that most Americans believe there is a creator who designed the universe and defines human morality — is not […]

General Conference 2016 Petitions deadline is next Tuesday

Nashville, Tenn — If you’ve been thinking about submitting a petition to the 2016 General Conference it’s time to shift into high gear as the deadline is just around the corner. All petitions to make changes in United Methodist law and doctrine must be submitted by next Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Any United Methodist is eligible […]