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A Just Resolution Reached in the Rev. Cynthia Meyer Complaint

On August 1, the parties involved in the complaint against Rev. Cynthia Meyer met to have conversation about the possibility of a just resolution. The parties worked for 12 hours and made a good-faith effort to find common ground. At the end of the day came to the following agreement:   Rev. Cynthia Meyer’s Statement […]

Bishop Scott Jones announces details for Cynthia Meyer trial

Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Great Plains Conference announced this week that a location has been selected for the church trial for the Rev. Cynthia Meyer. The church trial, scheduled to begin Aug. 24, will be conducted at the Brown Grand Theatre, 310 W. Sixth St. in Concordia, Kansas. Meyer stated in a letter to […]

Great Plains conference calls for reconciliation and bishop responds

Bishop Scott Jones released a letter today to the clergy and lay members of the Great Plains Annual Conference responding to the resolution passed by that conference this past weekend asking the legal counsels in the Cynthia Meyer case to ask Bishop Jones to seek all possible solutions through a Just Resolution process as outlined […]

Bishop Jones issues statement on Cynthia Meyer complaint

Wichita, KS — Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Great Plains Episcopal Area has issued a statement regarding the status of the complaint and investigation regarding the Rev. Cynthia Meyer, who openly admitted being in a committed relationship with another woman to her congregation in January. Jones said that the Bishop’s Way Forward proposal does nothing […]

Bishop announces failure of Just Resolution process in Meyer case

Bishop Scott Jones of the Great Plains Episcopal Area announced yesterday that he was referring the complaint made against the Rev. Cynthia Meyer regarding her relationship with another woman to the Rev. David Bell, who has been named as the counsel for the church in a process that may ultimately lead to another church trial. […]

Recently Read: At least 35 congregations UMC congregations in Kansas, Nebraska ready to help refugees

United Methodist Church congregations across Kansas and Nebraska stand ready to assist refugees from Syria once they are allowed to enter the United States. That was the message shared Friday morning at First United Methodist Church in Topeka, Kansas, by Bishop Scott J. Jones, episcopal leader of the Great Plains Conference, which includes 1,032 congregations […]

Commentary: We must recognize we are engaged in a cultural war

*by Bishop Scott Jones We are all horrified by the terrible violence committed in Paris the evening of Nov. 13. We should be praying for the victims and their families and for the people of France who suffered this evil action. At the same time, we must pay attention to the larger context in which […]

UM clergy compete on court to fight malaria

By Lisa Diehl, Special Contributor… The opportunity to play basketball brought a young boy to church more than 40 years ago. Today, the man, a United Methodist pastor in the Kansas West Conference, is using those skills to save lives in Africa. The Rev. Kip Ryherd, pastor at Minneola UMC, issued a challenge to his […]

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 […]

UM pastor Mark Holland elected mayor of Kansas City, Kan.

The Rev. Mark Holland, a United Methodist pastor, has been elected mayor of the unified government of Kansas City, Kan., and Wyandotte, Kan. Dr. Holland, pastor of Trinity Community (United Methodist) Church, won with 56 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election. “It’s an overwhelming sense of gratitude,” he said when asked by phone today […]

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