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Relevance X/LEAD 2013 – Young UMs gather, seek ways to transform the world

LAS VEGAS—“How many of you are tired of hearing the United Methodist Church is dying?” Those were Glen Simpson’s first words to participants at Relevance X 2013, a three-day leadership conference in Las Vegas Feb. 15-17 for young people 18 to 30. Through energetic worship services, sermons, dialogue and a unique “field trip,” participants focused […]

Commentary: ‘Never-churched’ require new form of evangelism

By Jack Jackson, Special Contributor… Last Christmas season, my family walked through the downtown community where we live. In one of the store windows we passed were a small set of woodcarvings that included a baby, two adults right next to the baby, three kingly-looking persons nearby and a scattering of cows, donkeys and ducks. […]

Western Jurisdiction won’t walk away from UMC

By Patricia Farris, Special Contributor… Is the glass half full or half empty? It’s a trick question, of course, because the answer is always “Yes.” But in a win-lose paradigm, only one side can be right. And so, there are those, including my friend and colleague, Claremont School of Theology Professor Jack Jackson, who see […]

Help Wanted – Seminary president of the future

By Jerry D. Campbell, Special Contributor… Earlier this year, after 40 years in academic administration, I announced my plans to retire as president of Claremont School of Theology. Shortly after my announcement, the board of trustees assembled a search committee and a new job description was drafted. The hunt for a new seminary president is […]

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