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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 […]

Staying centered – Clergy find ways to cope with stress of Holy Week

On a typical week, the Rev. Penny Stacy stops a few times at a Catholic seminary near her home to quietly walk the outdoor Stations of the Cross at the beginning or end of her day. This year during Holy Week, however, she’s determined to be there every single morning, and possibly in the evenings […]

Seminary gets questions about plans to move

By Nancy Hull Rigdon, Special Contributor… KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Strong, varied opinions emerged during a meeting at the Saint Paul School of Theology campus on the seminary’s pending move to United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in nearby Leawood, Kan. The Rev. Myron McCoy, president of Saint Paul, framed the Nov. 1 event as a family […]

Saint Paul seminary agrees to specifics of move as Adam Hamilton steps down as board chair

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, the well-known UM pastor and author, has resigned as board chair of the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo. Saint Paul officials have announced plans to move the school from its campus to the nearby United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., where Mr. Hamilton is senior […]

Saint Paul School of Theology move should be ‘reality check’ for declining UMC

The recent decision of the trustees of Saint Paul School of Theology to vacate its present Kansas City, Mo., campus and move into the facilities of Church of the Resurrection constitutes a reality check. Could this be the tremor before the earthquake of other institutional closures, moves or “downsizings” driven by the UMC loss of […]

Saint Paul School of Theology’s plan to move prompts excitement, concern

Amid financial and enrollment challenges, UMC-affiliated Saint Paul School of Theology is going forward with a plan to move from its Kansas City, Mo., campus to the nearby United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, in Leawood, Kan. The plan and how it’s been pursued has been criticized by one former trustee of the seminary, Sally […]

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