Adam Hamilton to preach at Inaugural Prayer Service on Tuesday

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., and an author of  popular books on Christian faith, has been chosen to give the sermon at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service on Tuesday. Follow this link to register for the National Cathedral live video streaming of this service: […]

Bishop’s annual ‘Dear Martin’ letter recalls historic speech

Editor’s note: Bishop White, the first chief executive of the General Commission on Religion and Race, writes a “birthday letter” each year to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about the progress of racial equality in the U.S. Dear Martin: I write this year as we will observe the 50th anniversary of your “I Have […]

Garrett funds chair honoring Bishop Job

Retired UM Bishop Rueben P. Job will be the namesake of an endowed chair in spiritual formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. The UM school announced this week that it has reached the $2 million goal needed to fund the chair, one of the first in spiritual formation among Protestant seminaries. “The establishment […]

Bishop Dyck disputes ‘disunity’ charge

Bishop Sally Dyck’s recent statement endorsing same-sex marriage has drawn praise and criticism within the United Methodist Church, which officially holds that homosexual conduct is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” In an interview, she rejected claims by some that her stand will promote disunity in the denomination. “Find me a United Methodist who believes and accepts everything […]

Bishop Sally Dyck endorses same-sex marriage proposal in Illinois

Bishop Sally Dyck of the UMC’s Northern Illinois Conference announced her support Jan. 10 for legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Illinois. “While the United Methodist Church holds that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching,” she wrote to conference members, “it also holds the teaching and a long tradition (albeit a struggle every inch of the […]

Notable UM Newsmaker of 2012 – Lorenza Andrade Smith

The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith stands just 4 ft. 11 inches, but she carries a high profile—and lifts the hearts of many—through her highly unusual ministry of living on the streets. For that, she’s a Reporter notable United Methodist newsmaker of 2012. Ms. Smith, 43 and a member of the Rio Grande Conference, lobbied for […]

Notable UM Newsmaker of 2012 – William Lawrence

There are plenty of critics of the Judicial Council’s high-profile decisions in 2012. But nobody can accuse the council of blowing with the prevailing winds, since it overruled majority actions of both General Conference and the South Central Jurisdiction. The Rev. William B. Lawrence led the Judicial Council through much of this tumultuous year, even […]

United Methodist of the Year – Adam Hamilton’s influence felt in various ways in 2012

Even more than usual, the Rev. Adam Hamilton seemed to be here, there and everywhere in 2012, earning him designation as the Reporter’s United Methodist of the Year. Mr. Hamilton, 48, is a megachurch pastor, best-selling author and much-in-demand conference speaker. He’s a board member of one of the UMC’s seminaries (recently stepping down as […]

GC vies with Judicial Council as 2012’s biggest news-maker

Summarizing a full year in the life of the sprawling, conflicted United Methodist Church is always a challenge. Every fourth year, it gets tougher. That’s because General Conference—the quadrennial gathering for setting church policy, law and finances—occurs and influences so much of church life. But the 2012 General Conference faced surprising competition as a news-maker. […]

It’s official: Bishop Bledsoe assigned to Northwest Texas, New Mexico

  Bishop Earl Bledsoe, involuntarily retired and then reinstated to active duty by the UMC’s Judicial Council, has been assigned to the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Conferences. The South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops recently recommended that Bishop Bledsoe oversee the episcopal area encompassing those conferences, meaning he would be based in Albuquerque. The […]