Archives for November 2016

3 Secret Reasons to be Grateful, Even Wen You’re Not

by Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter True confessions:  I’m a recovering worrier.  I can worry at the drop of a hat.  I do some of my best work in the middle of the night.  When a problem gets resolved, my mind naturally searches for the next thing that could possibly go wrong so that I can get […]

Council President Addresses “Division and Discord”

Washington, D.C.: In a pre-holiday, post-election letter to the people of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops, called upon all Christians to “remember who we are” in this time of tension and anxiety and work to overcome hatred and discrimination. The letter follows: To the People Called […]

November Progress Report from the Moderators of a Way Forward

The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward met on November 17-18, 2016 to continue planning for the Commission’s work. Our hope and prayer for The United Methodist Church is that we will be united and vital, missional and global. As we began, we discussed a number of practical matters, beginning with visas for […]

An Open Letter to the Council of Bishops from the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion

An Open Letter to the Council of Bishops from the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion (UMATI) Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 Dear Bishops, This Sunday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Each year on this date, those of us who are transgender1, intersex2, and gender expansive3, and all who love us, gather together to remember […]

Complaint Filed Against Bishop Julius Trimble

PRESS RELEASE Complaint filed against Bishop Julius Trimble Seventeen lay and clergypersons from the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church have filed a formal complaint against their former episcopal leader, Bishop Julius Trimble, for “disobedience to the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church” and an unwillingness to do the work of […]

The Kingdom of Heaven is (Still) at Hand

by Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter Yes, Donald Trump won the presidential election. No, not everyone is happy about that. Clinton won the popular vote while Trump won the electoral vote. Plenty of people are having to adjust their ideas of the next four years. Like many people I was surprised, even discouraged, at the election results. My […]

GCFA Board Holds Quarterly Meeting in Nashville

PRESS RELEASE General Council on Finance and Administration The United Methodist Church November 18, 2016 Contact:  Sharon Dean 615.369.2336 GCFA Board Holds Quarterly Meeting in Nashville Nashville, TN – The Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) held its quarterly meeting in Nashville, November 17-18.  The fall meeting is historically […]

Amos Nascimento Named GBHEM Associate General Secretary for Global Education and New Initiatives

NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 17, 2016 – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) today announced the promotion of Amos Nascimento, Ph.D., as associate general secretary for global education and new initiatives. Nascimento’s promotion is effective immediately. In his new role, Nascimento leads the global connectional strategy for education and ministry at GBHEM. Nascimento […]