Life After School Summit helps dreams come true

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More than 150 youth and family members attended the Life After School Summit at St. Mark UMC in Taylors, S.C., on May 17, 2014, for presentations and exhibits by representatives from colleges and universities, the armed forces and other organizations.

UM clergy Frank Schaefer’s “Defrocked” released today by Chalice Press

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Today is the official release by Chalice Press of UM clergy Frank Schaefer’s book “Defrocked.” Due to the continuing attention around the UMC community on this polarizing subject, UMR is posting an exclusive book excerpt and a UMR editor will separately review Schaefer’s book in the coming weeks.

United Methodist Church vitality increases in United States

Vital Congregations Increase in U.S. in latest Research

Bishop John Schol of the Greater New Jersey Conference recently highlighted  the latest vital congregations report which said that the goal of growing more “highly vital congregations” was seeing positive results. According to statistical comparisons between 2009 and 2012, the number of highly vital congregations in the United Methodist Church in the U.S.  grew from 14.6% to 33.9%. What […]

With Mosul’s Christians gone, Islamic State troops take over 4th-century monastery

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ERBIL, Iraq: (RNS) A day after most of Mosul’s Christians fled, Islamic State fighters stormed the fourth-century Mar Behnam Monastery near the city. They forced two priests, a monk, a guard and a few families taking refuge there to leave the Syriac Catholic compound. Like many Christians from Mosul, which lies in the province of Nineveh, […]

Mission Chattanooga to host Horizons conference on culture & Christianity

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The Mission Chattanooga invites you to its south side Camp House location to explore areas of culture creation, contextualization, and what it means to be a Christian in the context of 21st century America.

United Methodist Young People Urge Denomination to Promote Unity

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MANILA, Philippines / GBOD – United Methodist young people from around the world have urged leaders of the denomination to “seek solutions that promote our global unity” and not be divided by issues such as homosexuality. The Global Young People’s Convocation & Legislative Assembly, attended by more than 300 youth, young adults, and observers, adopted the […]

Recently Read: The United Methodist Church is Split on Gays. But is Schism the Answer?

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There is something radical about people coming together each week despite major differences of opinion and still calling one another brother and sister. Schism threatens that.

Bishops urge compassion, prayer for border crisis

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WASHINGTON, D.C.:  In response to the rise in unaccompanied migrant children crossing the U.S. border, the executive committee of the Council of Bishops has called on United Methodists across the connection to “pray, reflect and engage in acts of compassion.” According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have been […]

Perkins School of Theology announces appointment of John R. (Jack) Levison to Endowed Chair in Old Testament and Hebrew

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DALLAS, Tx: Professor John R. (Jack) Levison has accepted an invitation from Southern Methodist University to serve as William Joseph Ambrose Power Professor of Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation, effective January 1, 2015.

Recently Read: The Vanishing of the Middle Class Clergy

Justin Barringer, a seminary graduate, couldn't get a full-time position at a church, even after applying to nearly a hundred jobs. (Photo via David Wheeler, The Atlantic)

Not only is church attendance in long-term decline, but financial giving by church members is at Depression-era lows. Meanwhile, seminary students are taking on ballooning debt for a career that may not exist by the time they graduate.

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