Archives for January 2016

Commentary: Would Solomon cut the UMC in two?

by Patrick Scriven* If there was one biblical text I could recommend for people navigating deep church conflict, it would be I Kings 3:16-28. It is a familiar story often told to illustrate the wisdom of King Solomon. In it, the fabled King is approached by two women, identified as prostitutes, who share a home […]

General Conference to consider rule change to facilitate a process for Christian conferencing

Portland, OR  –  Participants at the 2016 Pre-General Conference Briefing got a hands-on look at a new proposed small group process for Christian conferencing, proposed for use by the Commission on General Conference for the 2016 General Conference. The General Conference, the top-level legislative body of the church involving delegates from throughout the world will […]

Intelligent design group accuses UMC leaders of censorship

The Discovery Institute, a group created to promote the theory of intelligent design in society, released a press release earlier this week accusing UMC officials of being “closed minded and intolerant” in their decision to disallow the group to sponsor a table at the 2016 General Conference to be held in May in Portland, OR. […]

United Methodist leaders gather in Portland to prepare for General Conference 2016

PORTLAND, OR — General Conference delegation chairs, annual conference communicators, and directors of connectional ministries have gathered today at the Oregon Convention Center to receive information and build relationships in preparation for May’s United Methodist General Conference. The Pre-General Conference briefing, sponsored by United Methodist Communications, brings church leaders together every 4 years to hear […]

The UMR Interview — Rev. Cynthia Meyer

This past January 3, the Rev. Cynthia Meyer stood in the pulpit of the Edgerton United Methodist Church ready to share a word with her congregation. It was the Sunday when the church celebrated the Epiphany, the revelation of God to the world traditionally associated with the visit of the magi, that is, strangers from […]

Bishop William Morris dead at 79

Bishop William Wesley Morris, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, died this morning. He was 79 years old. Bishop Morris’s death was announced Thursday by the Tennessee Annual Conference, noting that Morris was in his home when he died. William Wesley Morris was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was educated in the Baltimore school […]

Commentary: Each Person Another Self

I spent my earliest years in a troubled, rust-belt city that was plagued by economic depression and racial tension. Ironically, they were some of the best times of my life, if only because of the courage displayed by a variety of people looking for a more loving way. At one point, when I was about […]

Tim Bias out as Discipleship Ministries General Secretary

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – The board of Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church and Dr. Tim Bias jointly announced today that Dr. Bias is no longer employed as the General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries, effective Dec. 31, 2015. Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, president of the board, praised Dr. Bias for his innovative leadership and ministry accomplishments […]