UM in the News: Pastor gives up career, possessions to become a UM minister

The Gulf Coast News profiled Trish Bruner, pastor of the Foley UMC in Foley, AL: “I had no desire to be a preacher,” she says. “But I called my preacher and told him about it, and he said, ‘I’m not surprised at all.’” Bruner decided to obey. She gave her business away and put her […]

Recently Read: Church Staffing and Justice

Teddy Ray talks about the topic that no one really wants to talk about: compensation levels and the disparity between ordained elders and other church staff: But if our leaders really believe that life is barely affordable on our clergy minimum compensation package, why aren’t they horrified that most of our other full-time workers aren’t […]

Recently Read: Proclaiming justice in the midst of shutdown

Jim Wallis of Sojourners fame tweeted this picture from the United Methodist building in Washington, D.C., home of the General Board of Church and Society: Recently Read Recently Read posts are stories the editors of The United Methodist Reporter have found interesting from other sites and wanted to share with our readers. The editors do […]

Recently Read: Bishop calls Pennsylvania to extend rights to all

Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Episcopal Area (Eastern Pennsylvania) recently submitted a letter to the editor of Philadelphia Inquirer arguing for the passage of an anti-discrimination law at the state level. She wrote: That is why I am speaking up for my lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters. I was surprised […]

Recently Read: Engaging worship isn’t just a gimmick

Perhaps the best indicator of faithful worship isn’t the volume of the music or the brightness of the lighting but how many people are sitting on the edge of their seats. via Cynthia D. Weems: Exciting and engaging Christian worship isn’t just a gimmick | Faith & Leadership. Click on the link above to read […]

Recently Read: Senate chaplain shows his disapproval during morning prayer

Meet Senate Chaplain Barry Black. He’s not a United Methodist, but his example is an inspiration for us all: So it has gone every day for the last week when Mr. Black, who has been the Senate’s official man of the cloth for 10 years, has taken one of the more rote rituals on Capitol […]

Recently Read: Hollywood UMC puts its faith in filming

Some pastors have interesting decisions to make about the limits of ministry in their respective contexts. Consider the decisions the staff of the Hollywood UMC has to make on a regular basis: Although they support the film industry, the two pastors balk at some projects. Cooper-Ledesma said she declined when the producers of “CSI” wanted […]

Recently Read: United Methodist HBCUs Working to Recruit Minorities in STEM

From PRWEB: United Methodist historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), supported by The United Methodist Church’s Black College Fund, are working to recruit more women and minorities in the academic areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). via United Methodist HBCUs Working to Recruit Minorities in STEM – Press Release – Digital Journal. Click […]

Recently Read: UMR columnist reflects on 9/11

UMR columnist and Claflin University chaplain Major Ken Walden was featured on the local Columbia, SC Fox affiliate. Click the link below to check it out: Ken Walden on WACH Recently Read Recently Read posts are stories the editors of The United Methodist Reporter have found interesting from other sites and wanted to share with […]

Pastor arrives at new congregation as a homeless man

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn — Pastor Willie Lyle was preparing to make the move to to a new appointment at the Sango United Methodist Church in Clarksville, TN when God showed up. In a dream Lyle believed God was calling him to spend the 4 days before his first Sunday at the new church living on the […]

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