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United Methodists need The United Methodist Reporter

In our time of emails, Facebook, and online news, all print media are in readership decline. Most are in financial straits. Most denominational bookstores, including the Cokesbury stores of The United Methodist Church, are closed or in fiscal jeopardy. Time honored periodicals like Newsweek and The Christian Century cannot exists solely by subscriptions and advertising; they […]

Editor’s Notes: Joe and Bobby are married. What now?

For the past week it seemed like all that any of us United Methodist news nerds could talk about was the ongoing struggle between Bishop Mel Talbert and the Council of Bishops as he prepared to officiate at the celebration of marriage of Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince. Comments flew fast and heavy on the […]

Young Clergy Summit – Focusing on a new generation of church leaders

By Jay Voorhees, Special Contributor… NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In the year 2032, if trends continue, the United Methodist Church will face a shortage of trained ordained elders for appointment to local congregations. This was just one of the factors which led the 2012 General Conference to create a $7 million Young Clergy Initiative Fund designed to “increase […]

UMC Twitter Sub-Culture Grows at General Conference

Lauren Roden (@laurenmroden) prophesied yesterday afternoon: “Twitter is about to be ridiculously overloaded with Methodists and their iPhones. #gc2012” Her prediction has proved accurate. Since the beginning of General Conference, thousands of tweets have rolled in with the hash tag #gc2012. Some users take advantage of Twitter to keep their friends informed by tweeting quotes […]

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