Edward Burger named president of UM-affiliated Southwestern Univ.

Southwestern University, a United Methodist-affiliated college in Georgetown, Texas, has chosen Edward R. Burger as its next president. He’s the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, and also is known for creating more than 3,000 instructional videos on math. “Ed is an eloquent spokesperson for the liberal arts. He is […]

Cecil and Janice – Unlikely pair writes of leading Glide Memorial UMC

They are the odd couple of United Methodism, but the ministry results can hardly be questioned. The Rev. Cecil Williams, a destined-to-be-a-pastor African American and extreme extrovert, and Janice Mirikitani, a Japanese American introvert and religious skeptic, led Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco to become one of the UMC’s largest and most service-oriented churches—and […]

Hazelwood moves from UMCOR to Memphis Conference

By Lane Gardner Camp, Special Contributor…Rev. Tom Hazelwood of Springfield, Va., has been named Director of Connectional Ministries for the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, beginning June 1. The Memphis Conference, part of the Nashville Episcopal Area, includes 425 United Methodist Churches and numerous agencies and ministries in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. […]

First UMC Austin joins Reconciling Ministries Network

The First United Methodist Church of Austin, Texas, voted Sunday, Feb. 10, to join the Reconciling Ministries Network, a group actively opposing the denomination’s stance on homosexuality. The UMC’s official position, stated in the Book of Discipline, is that the practice of homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” The UMC does not allow “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” to […]

Roger Drake named president of Central Methodist University

     Roger Drake will be the next president of Central Methodist University, taking office July 1, said Glenn Cox, chair of the CMU Board of Trustees and of the Presidential Search Committee.      His appointment came Friday, Feb. 1, at a trustee board meeting of the Fayetteville, Mo., school.      Drake will replace Marianne Inman, […]

Q&A: UM Bishop Willimon takes on the church, through a novel

After writing dozens of books, retired UM Bishop Will Willimon decided to try his hand at a new genre: fiction. A lover of novels, Willimon said that works of fiction are uniquely capable of expressing truth. “I think that fiction gets at truth in very special ways,” he said. “There’s a complexity that fiction deals […]

Auction completed for Lon Morris College

The auction of Lon Morris College property ended with a local school district and office supply company as major purchasers, the firm handling the auction said. Lon Morris, a two-year, UMC-affiliated college in Jacksonville, Texas that has been a gateway to higher education for generations of East Texas Methodist pastors, filed for bankruptcy last summer […]

When Sundays Swing – UM churches find jazz in worship moves the spirit

DALLAS—Highland Park UMC is a tall-steeple church, and within it is Cox Chapel, where high church worship is the norm, including a processional, a recessional and a formal approach to liturgy most any Anglican would love. One Sunday last fall, worshippers had all this and more. The Dallas Jazz Quartet, led by pianist Charles Winslow […]

SMU chaplain: The United Methodist Church is imploding

By Stephen W. Rankin, Special Contributor… I just finished teaching in the certification class at Perkins School of Youth Ministry. To the whole group last Monday and to the class members throughout the week, I said several hard things about the future. One of the hard things I said was, “The United Methodist Church is imploding.”  Two […]

Q&A: Growing a UM college into a university

Marianne Inman will retire as president of Central Methodist University in June, after 18 years in the job. Under her leadership, the Fayette, Mo.-based school has seen a five-fold increase in students (to 5,300), tripled its endowment (to $31 million) and completed three capital campaigns. It’s also gone from “Central Methodist College” to “Central Methodist […]