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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 not necessarily endorse the opinions shared in these stories, and referral here should not imply endorsement of that content.

Recently Read: City says church’s makeshift homeless shelter is illegal

Editorial Note: We publish Recently Read as is because it is content from other news organizations.  After clarifying information was given to us by Rev. Forrest Clark, we have edited our one-line lead sentence into the story in order to more accurately represent the situation the local UMC is facing.  We apologize to any mis-information […]

Recently Read: Unusual Entrant In Food Truck Scene

Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, in Fort Worth Texas, has made a shift in how a church can do feeding ministry. In doing so, they see it as an opportunity to go out into the community more. Fort Worth dot com online magazine has this food truck story. The West Side church on Sunday officially […]

Recently Read: U.K.’s Methodist Church Apologizes for Sexual, Emotional Abuse Over Decades

The Wall Street Journal reporting. The independent report, commissioned by the church and based on written records and interviews with ministers and members of the church over three years, identified 1,885 cases of sexual, physical, emotional and domestic abuse, as well as cases of neglect between 1950 and 2014. Martin Atkins, general secretary of the […]

Recently Read: United Methodists urge families to support gay youth, stop bullying

A resolution to stop bullying of gay youth was passed at the North Alabama Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, held this week at Birmingham Southern College. & Greg Garrison reporting. The North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church approved a resolution Tuesday calling on churches to encourage families to support gay and […]

Recently Read: United Methodist Regional Body Accused of Bullying Pastor for Supporting Traditional Marriage

The Christian Post brings to light a disturbing outline of events encompassing the removal of the pastor of a United Methodist congregation. A regional body of the United Methodist Church based in Georgia has been accused of bullying a pastor and her church over their support for traditional marriage. Carole Hulslander, pastor at Still Waters […]

Hays to Step Down As Dean of Duke Divinity School in 2016

News from Duke Divinity School: Duke Divinity School Dean Richard B. Hays today announced that he will conclude his term as dean at the end of the next academic year, June 30, 2016. He will take a research leave during the 2016-17 academic year and then return to his position as professor of New Testament […]

Rahway Church Not Letting Ceiling Collapse Deter Services

Union United Methodist Church, Greater New Jersey Conference, ceiling collapsed around 2pm on Easter Sunday. Bishop John Schol released a public letter with details of the event and calling for prayer for the congregations affected by the roof collapse. The two congregations meeting at the church, Elim United Methodist Church and Manantial de Vida Church, […]

Recently Read: Sibley United Methodist Church Reaches Milestone of 200 Ramps

Sibley United Methodist Church, of the Louisiana Conference, reached a milestone over the weekend building their 200th home access ramps. They started building access ramps in 2007, which equates to approximately twenty five ramps a year. Sibley United Methodist Church resides in the Webster Parish, of western Louisiana. According the 2010 census 20% of the population, […]

Theologians Call for the Clemency of Execution

Today, March 2nd 2015, Kelly Gissendaner, a theology graduate from Candler School of Theology while in prison, will be executed by the State of Georgia. Mrs. Gissendaner was found guilty for her involvement in her husband’s stabbing death in 1997. In the following seventeen years Mrs. Gissendaner has gone through a remarkable transformation while in prison. Many police officers and clergy speak to this transformation in her application to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Recently Read: Lake Junaluska pins hopes on total Terrace overhaul to win next generation of visitors

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, the historic United Methodist retreat center associated with the Southeast Jurisdiction, is going through a remodel of one of its main hotel buildings. Lake Junaluska Pins Hopes on Total Terrace Overhaul to Win Next Generation Jack Ewing, Lake Junaluska Executive Director, “There is probably not a Hampton Inn or […]