What will be different this time?

By Rich Peck, Interpreter Magazine • • • Holy conversations, evening worship and a program of celebration and challenge are among the changes for General Conference 2012. Others include a proposed deadline for legislative committees to complete their work. Planning the 2012 event is the 25-member Commission on the General Conference, led by Randall Miller […]

Delegates to decide on restructuring, other issues

General Conference 2012 won’t lack for issues or for proposals that would profoundly change the way the United Methodist Church operates, particularly at the agency level. Here are the matters likely to preoccupy delegates during the 11-day gathering in Tampa, Fla.   Restructuring   Few would deny that what’s called the “general church” of the […]

Typhoon lessons learned in Philippines

By Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist News Service… MINDANAO, Philippines—Although hundreds of people died as Typhoon Bopha raged over the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Dec. 4, lessons learned during Typhoon Washi, which ravaged the region a year earlier, helped hundreds to survive the disaster this time around. A variety of faith-based organizations, […]

Starting Over Ministries helps families to rebuild

By Bettie Land, Special Contributor… HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark.—Hardships can come at any given time. Some families, faced with rebuilding a life, find themselves in need of a caring hand and a kind heart. Two members of Mountainside United Methodist Church, Hot Springs Village, recognized such a situation and took action. When a job loss, […]

CD blends spirituality from different cultures

Carrie Newcomer Everything is Everywhere Available Light Records Fans of Carrie Newcomer’s folksy style who buy her newest CD, Everything is Everywhere, and don’t read the jacket carefully, may think that they’ve ended up with the wrong CD. The first minute is instrumental; the sound is Eastern and exotic. Then a melody gradually emerges, and […]

‘So Beautiful’ . . . so Christian?

By Cathleen Falsani , Religion News Service • • •   Ah, the lazy days of summer, filled with more sunshine and ease than the rest of the year. This time of year always recalls musical memories, and one of mine is Paul Simon’s legendary concert in New York City’s Central Park. On that perfect […]

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