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On breaking the ‘Christian movie’ mold

Steve Taylor is the director, screenwriter and one of the producers of Blue Like Jazz. He also wrote and directed The Second Chance, a 2006 film starring Michael W. Smith. In addition to his work in cinema, Mr. Taylor has been a recording artist, music producer, author and more. While on a promotional tour for […]

Tips on being a parent to adult children

When children are young, their parents parent them. But what’s the parents’ role after children grow up? The Rev. Ronald J. Greer, director of the Pastoral Counseling Service at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, tackles that question in his new book, Now That They Are Grown: Successfully Parenting Your Adult Children (Abingdon Press). […]

Sibling delegates share hopes for GC 2012

Two General Conference delegates from the Arkansas Conference—the Rev. John P. Miles Jr. and the Rev. Rebekah “Beka” Miles—are siblings with sometimes widely divergent views. But they and other delegates are being encouraged to use holy conferencing, or holy conversation, to set “a tone for respectful dialogue and relationship building.” The goal, explained Minnesota Area […]

Pastor writes Easter hymn for a time of great turmoil

“Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing” Brian Wren UM Hymnal, No. 318 Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. The cross stands empty to the sky. Let streets and homes with praises ring. Love, drowned in death, shall never die. * For those of us who recall the turbulent 1960s in the United States, the sounds […]

A Dream Realized Academy of Spiritual Formation still offers life-changing retreats

In 2013 The Academy for Spiritual Formation will mark 30 years of nurturing laity and clergy in the experiences of disciplined Christian community. The Academy, a program ministry of The Upper Room, the ecumenical Division of the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship, began as a dream of longtime GBOD staff member, the Rev. Danny […]

Pursuing new history between UM Church, indigenous peoples

By Tex Sample John Wesley understood quite clearly the atrocities carried out by Europeans against Native Americans. In his sermon, “A Caution Against Bigotry,” he wrote: “Even cruelty and bloodshed, how little have the Christians come behind them! And not the Spaniards or the Portuguese alone, butchering thousands in South America: not the Dutch only […]

2012 is first cookie-free General Conference

For the first time since anyone can remember, General Conference is strictly BYOC—bring your own cookies, according to the conference’s business manager, the Rev. Alan J. Morrison. At past General Conferences—nobody’s sure how many—local volunteers have baked homemade cookies for delegates to enjoy during breaks at General Conference. This year, however, the Commission on the […]

History of Hymns

International colleagues give us ‘Christ is Risen’ This History of Hymns feature tells of the interesting collaboration behind “Christ Is Risen,” No. 313 in the UM Hymnal. Read more…       Wesley hymn explores scene of the crucifixion C. Michael Hawn, looks at Charles Wesley’s “O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done.” Read more…    […]

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, […]