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Indiana UMs volunteer for Habitat Blitz Build

By Daniel R. Gangler, Special Contributor HENRYVILLE, Ind.—Hoosier United Methodists joined with corporations and other groups on Oct. 8 to kick off with Habitat for Humanity of Indiana a million-dollar “Raise the Roof Over Southern Indiana” Blitz Build project in Henryville’s south-side Twin Oaks subdivision. The houses are for survivors whose homes were destroyed by […]

Bishop Coyner faults Western Jurisdiction for gay rights stand

Indiana Area Bishop Michael J. Coyner on Oct. 15 published his criticisms of the Western Jurisdiction’s stand against the United Methodist Church’s teaching on homosexuality.Delegates to the Western Jurisdiction’s meeting July 18-21 adopted a “Statement of Gospel Obedience” that says the denomination is in error in its stance that the practice of homosexuality “is incompatible […]

Bishop Coyner faults Western Jurisdiction on call to ignore `Discipline’

By Bishop Mike Coyner, Special Contributor, …  The following comments are my personal opinion. I am not writing in any official capacity other than my role as a bishop who was elected and consecrated to teach the faith and to defend the church. My comments do not reflect any kind of official position of the […]

UMC finance agency warns about East Africa Conference and files complaint against Bishop Wandabula

By United Methodist News Service, … The United Methodist Church’s finance agency announced today, Sept. 27, that it recommends general agencies, annual (regional) conferences and local churches withhold funding from the East Africa Annual Conference until further notice. In addition, the board of the General Council on Finance and Administration approved filing a formal complaint […]

No, Bishop Coyner, Judicial Council didn’t do us a favor

By Lonnie Brooks, Special Contributor… Bishop Mike Coyner offered us, in the Reporter, his views on the impact of Judicial Council Decision 1210 that struck down the plan for restructuring the general agencies of the Church.  There might be some way in which I could agree with Bishop Coyner, but I can’t think of one right […]

Judicial Council did the denomination a favor

By Bishop Mike Coyner, Special Contributor… You have probably heard the news that the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church (which is kind of like our Supreme Court) ruled that the new structure passed by the General Conference was unconstitutional. Thus the hours and hours of work by the General Conference were overturned, and […]