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Imago Dei Film Festival to Promote Discussion

Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama, home church to UMR columnist  Jeremy Steele,  is hosting an Imago Dei film festival at their church this summer for eight weeks. They are showing an assortment of Christian-based films with a discussion period to follow. From the church website: For eight weeks this summer we will be hosting […]

Recently Read: Bishop Clymer remembered as wise, compassionate leader

Bishop Wayne K. Clymer died this past Monday (11/25/2013) at the age of 96. Christa Meland, Director of Communications for the Minnesota Annual Conference has the story: “Over the years, his primary concern was not so much organization or institution, but compassion for people,” said Hagmann, who was also one of Clymer’s longtime friends. “His […]

The Wesley Bros: John doesn’t get it

Click on the image to expand: Have you ever had a pastor or a professor straight out of school, who only knows how to communicate to other academic people?  Supremely annoying. BTW.  Pretty sure I made up the term ‘therapeutic soteriology,’ but it’s pretty spot on.  John Wesley saw Christ’s work on the cross as […]

GBCS Winkler to be nominated as NCC General Secretary/President

WASHINGTON. D.C — James E. Winkler, the outgoing General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church (GBCS) and Society, has been named as the nominee to be the new General Secretary/President of the National Council of Churches (NCC). In a press release issued today, it was revealed that Winkler’s nomination will come before the […]

Editor’s Notes: 8 Reasons Most Churches Never Break the 200 Attendance Mark

Carey Nieuwhof is not a United Methodist. Nope, he’s the pastor of Connexus Community Church in Ontario, Canada which is part of a network of churches that have been influenced by Andy Stanley’s North Point Ministries. And yet, he’s a voice we should be listening to because again and again Carey posts pithy articles on church […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: A page from our Methodist glory days

I grew up on “Methodist lore.”  Some of it consisted of quotes  by John Wesley delivered by my farmstead mother in North Carolina.  One of these was “cleanliness is next to godliness.”  Another was, “earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.”  Another was “If your heart is as mine, give […]

Fifteen new missionaries to be commissioned this week

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries(GBGM) announced that they will be commissioning 15 new missionaries at a special worship service on Friday, October 11. 2013.

A view from the balcony of COR’s Leadership Institute

Sky McCracken reflects on his time at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute 2013.

George W. Bush Presidential Center dedicated at SMU

The George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University was dedicated this morning in Dallas, with President Barack Obama and all living former presidents and First Ladies attending. A large crowd, including Bush administration alumni, family members of former presidents and numerous foreign dignitaries, gathered outside in mild weather by the $250 million facility, a new anchor for the east […]

UMs offer and find support after Boston Marathon bombings

  Evil struck on Monday, April 15th, but by Tuesday it was clear evil did not have the last word. United Methodists in Boston and around the globe testified to the ways they saw God in action after two explosions shattered the peace of the Boston Marathon, claiming at least three lives and leaving more […]

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