Archives for June 2016

Recently Viewed: Every person, no matter what, is loved by God…

“Every person, no matter what, is loved by God… I don’t know about you, but I can’t spend any more time on my knees. It’s time to stand and walk and live together, knowing that God’s love reigns and moves for all people in all places in all times.” – Dr. Andy Stoker ‪#‎AMEN‬ ‪#‎fumcdallas‬ […]

On the DACA/DAPA Supreme Court decision

“Separating children from their parents is immoral and is contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and The United Methodist Church.” – The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry Crowe and Bishop Elias Galvan A statement on the June 23, 2016 decision by the Supreme Court: Today, the Supreme Court of the United States – in a […]

Recently Read: Alumni Profile: Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

LEADING CLERGY IN TRANSFORMING BALTIMORE Cynthia Moore-Koikoi serves as Baltimore Metropolitan District Superintendent for the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. She earned her Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2007. After working 10 years as a school psychologist the Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi surrendered to what she called her “irresistible […]

Recently Read: Once Tortured for His Faith, Sudanese Man Becomes UMC Licensed Pastor

By Annette Spence ALCOA, Tenn. (June 20, 2016) — Botrous Tutu has been a preacher for many years — since the 1990s when he was tortured in Sudan for refusing to renounce his faith — and for the last four years, in a little church in Alcoa. On June 11, 150 people came from three […]

Recently Viewed: Best Practices of Safe Sanctuaries

Safe Sanctuaries: 10 Videos Safe Sanctuaries® is a “social structure that is consistent with the gospel” (¶122) allowing our sanctuaries, classrooms, mission encounters, camps and retreats, and all spaces where we gather to worship and serve God to be places of trust. These videos may be used as a series to introduce the more difficult […]

Council of Bishops Announces Staff Reorganization

United Methodist Council of Bishops FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2016 Washington, D.C.: The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced today a plan to reorganize its current staffing structure to better align with the Council’s mission and vision and provide for a more efficient and collaborative team environment. The plan would more fully integrate the […]

Commentary: Diametrically Composed

By Dan Dick* At what point do differences become irreconcilable?  Visualize a normal bell-curve.  At each extreme, there are polarized, immovable positions.  Three to five percent are so committed to being right and having their own way, that they no longer engage in any interaction that might influence their opinion.  These opponents are intractable and […]

Three Ways how Oregon-Idaho Responded to General Conference

by Rev. Jeremy Smith Three legislative items passed the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church at their annual meeting in mid-June 2016 that together cast a vision for the future of United Methodism. Affirmed Ordained Ministry for All Persons At the start of the week, the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry shared a statement […]

Finding peace from conflict, post-Soweto

By Linda Bloom South African and ecumenical church leaders marked the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising with a consultation designed to assist those in today’s conflict or post-conflict countries. The June 8-11 event, “Peace-Building and Reconciliation Consultation: The Place of the Church” was organized by the World Council of Churches and the South African […]

Recently Read: Misattributing Evil

by Mark Tooley United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcano of the California-Pacific Conference responded to the Orlando gay nightclub mass murders by a reported pro-ISIS Islamist with the suggestion that her denomination’s traditional marriage teaching is to blame: As I have prayed for the victims of this latest shooting, for the shooter and his family, for […]