Sharma Lewis elected as bishop in the SEJ on the first ballot

The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference has elected the Rev. Sharma D. Lewis as a bishop on the first ballot. Lewis currently serves as the District Superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District in the North Georgia Conference and is the first African-American woman to be elected in the Southeastern Jurisdiction as a bishop. Click here to read Lewis’s full […]

SEJ Bishops issues letter on church division

The Southeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops have issued a pastoral letter regarding the current divisions in the church and the recent actions by some annual conferences and boards of ordained ministry adopting “noncomformity” resolutions regarding the current church teaching on same-sex marriage and the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the life of the church. “We, the […]

Discipleship Ministries announces gathering for young people on racism

NASHVILLE, TN – As recent events once again focus attention on issues of racial inequality, Young People’s Ministries (YPM), a division of Discipleship Ministries, will convene a session this month to identify more effective ways to resource the church for conversations with young people about racism. The Racism Gathering on July 28-30 will bring young […]

Preaching To Confront Racism

By William H. Willimon Moralism (substituting law for gospel, exhorting better human behavior without dependency upon God’s grace) is no match for racism. While urging us to preach justice, Lutheran James Childs warns: “Preaching that always goes directly from sin to salvation or from cross to resurrection without ever stopping off at sanctification is missing […]

Recently Read: Dallas Will Be Different

By Michael Baughman I’ve suspected for a while that we live at the cliff’s edge of a new society. Growing up, I learned the names of cities important to the civil rights movement: Little Rock, Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery, Memphis. Their names evokes stories that changed our collective American identity. In recent years, there’s been a […]

Council of Bishops president speaks following shooting deaths

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement on behalf of the Council in the wake of shootings in the U.S. this week: In the aftermath of violent deaths this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas, we speak to a nation that […]

What Can I Do? I Can Love!

by Darian Pace If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 1 John 4:20 New Living Translation My heart aches, my soul tormented. There is a sense […]

What to say, what to do

by F. Willis Johnson* I am a pastor, in New York City with my wife, on a few days of summer leave. Over a 24-hour period my phone, social media channels and email blew up. Your attention was arrested too. My colleagues and clergy friends are frustrated and fearful. We want to talk, and then […]

Bishop Michael McKee Urges Local UMCs to Pray for Dallas

July 8, 2016 As United Methodists gather for worship this Sunday, I ask that this letter be read and followed by a period of silent prayer. ****************************************** Tragedy struck Dallas Thursday evening. Five Dallas law enforcement officers were killed, and seven officers and two civilians were injured. An evil act borne out of hatred devastated […]

Recently Read: Jurisdictional Conferences Gear Up to Elect Bishops

by Cynthia B. Astle Fifty-five candidates — including three openly gay clergy and a nominee who has been suspended pending charges — will vie for 15 bishop seats in five U.S. jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church during the week of July 11. The three openly gay clergy came out this spring in a letter […]

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