Archives for November 2015

Recently Read: New Publication Honors Christian Education Faculty Members Jack Seymour and Margaret Ann Crain

EVANSTON, Illinois – In the forward of the newly published book, Educating for Redemptive Community: Essays in Honor of Jack Seymour and Margaret Ann Crain (Wipf & Stock, 2015), longtime friend and United Methodist colleague, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore, dean of the School of Theology and professor of theology and education at Boston University, begins […]

Recently Read: Amid hysteria, a call for hospitality

by Bishop Roy I. Sano A Japanese-American couple was murdered on a farm next to ours, and a Filipino American was wounded in a drive-by shooting for being too friendly with Japanese Americans. Amidst the turbulence, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, to remove us to the camps. On the same day, FBI hauled away […]

You Know You’re Ready For Young People If…

By Rebekah Simon-Peter The number one thing I hear church leaders around the country say is: We’d like to have more young people in worship. That’s a terrific aspiration. But don’t say it if you don’t mean it. Digitals (born around 1999 and onward) and millennials (born around 1982-1998) will bring their own set of […]

David Steinmetz Dies at 79

David Steinmetz, the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at Duke Divinity School, died Nov. 26 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 79. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. Steinmetz retired from Duke […]

Happy Thanksgiving from The United Methodist Reporter

Why should we give thanks?

by Kimberly Winston (RNS) Thursday is Thanksgiving, the annual food fest that sometimes devolves into a food fight. So if the conversation around the turkey starts to get a little heated — “Why aren’t you married yet?” “Who are you voting for?” “Refugees, anyone?” — grit your teeth and keep in mind: The impulse to […]

Recently Read: The inconvenience of apportionments

by B. Kevin Smalls Visit his blog at I remember growing up hearing the complaints of how costly apportionments are to some local churches. “We don’t have that many people.” “Our building is falling down around us.” “We have needs in our own backyard.” Sadly, I’ve also seen the passive-aggressive ways of congregations to punish […]

Leading Young People To Theologically Minded Faith

by Fred Edie This article is featured in the Youth Ministry: A Part of the Church or Apart from the Church? (Nov/Dec/Jan 2015-16) issue of Circuit Rider For too long Christians have thought of theology as an esoteric academic discipline, the province of supercilious, tenured scholars scheming behind the fortified walls of ivory towers. We […]

Recently Read: Offended by party theme, SMU students march for racial understanding

Before the march, Perkins student Robin Murray read a letter from Dr. James L. Lyles, one of the original five African-American students who integrated the seminary in 1955. The retired UMC pastor and distinguished SMU alum, age 87, said: “Prayer and peace are instruments that enable you to stay the course. … Pray for the […]

Recently Read: At least 35 congregations UMC congregations in Kansas, Nebraska ready to help refugees

United Methodist Church congregations across Kansas and Nebraska stand ready to assist refugees from Syria once they are allowed to enter the United States. That was the message shared Friday morning at First United Methodist Church in Topeka, Kansas, by Bishop Scott J. Jones, episcopal leader of the Great Plains Conference, which includes 1,032 congregations […]