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Q&A: UMPH head provides update on closings

The United Methodist Publishing House’s decision to close all 57 Cokesbury stores last fall made big news beyond Methodism. Some stores have closed already, and the rest will be shuttered by April 26. Reporter managing editor Sam Hodges asked Neil Alexander, UMPH president and publisher, for an update. Mr. Alexander answered questions by email. Were […]

UM clergywoman is a ‘first’ at National Cathedral

The job of arranging a memorial service for the first man to walk on the moon fell, in large part, to the first United Methodist to serve as worship director for the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, D.C. The Rev. Gina Campbell worked behind the scenes to make sure that the Sept. 13, 2012 farewell […]

Q&A with Kent Millard

Under Brad Stevens, the Butler University men’s basketball team has built an amazing record, twice reaching the NCAA Finals in a field of much bigger schools. Coach Stevens and his wife Tracy are active members at St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis, Ind. The Rev. Kent Millard, retired pastor at St. Luke’s, has co-written with Judith […]

Cecil and Janice – Unlikely pair writes of leading Glide Memorial UMC

They are the odd couple of United Methodism, but the ministry results can hardly be questioned. The Rev. Cecil Williams, a destined-to-be-a-pastor African American and extreme extrovert, and Janice Mirikitani, a Japanese American introvert and religious skeptic, led Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco to become one of the UMC’s largest and most service-oriented churches—and […]

Auction completed for Lon Morris College

The auction of Lon Morris College property ended with a local school district and office supply company as major purchasers, the firm handling the auction said. Lon Morris, a two-year, UMC-affiliated college in Jacksonville, Texas that has been a gateway to higher education for generations of East Texas Methodist pastors, filed for bankruptcy last summer […]

Q&A: Growing a UM college into a university

Marianne Inman will retire as president of Central Methodist University in June, after 18 years in the job. Under her leadership, the Fayette, Mo.-based school has seen a five-fold increase in students (to 5,300), tripled its endowment (to $31 million) and completed three capital campaigns. It’s also gone from “Central Methodist College” to “Central Methodist […]

Nine UM colleges ranked as ‘life changers’

As fall semester got underway, Rock Jones, president of Ohio Wesleyan University, found himself visiting with parents of new first-year students at a reception, then again at breakfast the next morning. “On both occasions, I asked how their families had come to know Ohio Wesleyan,” he recalled. “Many said, ‘The book.’” He didn’t have to […]

Backers of agency consolidation ponder what went wrong

The dream some UMC leaders had of bringing most general church agencies under a single 15-member board, led by an executive, crashed and burned at General Conference on Friday. And the dreamers were left to lament their defeat in the General Administration Committee, and try to figure out what went wrong. “I trust the Holy […]