United Methodist Congregation in Indiana Severs Ties with Cub Scouts

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DAYTON, IN – The Dayton United Methodist Church located in Dayton, IN announced this past Sunday that they were officially severing all ties with the Boy Scouts of America. As reported in the Lafayette Journal and Courier newspaper, the church’s administrative council voted unanimously on June 11, 2013 not to renew the charter for Cub […]

Leaders: Ethnic diversity critical to church future

CHICAGO—Just about everyone agrees that the United Methodist Church needs to draw more people and younger people to reverse decades of declining membership in the United States. Add to the list the need to bring more people of color into the United Methodist fold. That was an overarching theme of a Nov. 29-Dec. 1 meeting […]

Dawn Wiggins Hare named to lead Commission on Status and Role of Women

By Susan Keaton, Special Contributor… Dawn Wiggins Hare, an Alabama circuit court judge who was honored this year for leadership in her Alabama-West Florida Annual (regional) Conference, has been named the top executive of the UMC’s Commission on the Status and Role of Women. The commission’s board elected Hare, of Monroeville, Ala., to the position […]

Will it be revolution or strangulation for UMC?

By Christy Thomas, Special Contributor… The United Methodist Church cannot be re-formed. It’s over for us with our current structure. The Judicial Council’s decision to revoke the involuntary retirement of Bishop Earl Bledsoe over issues of violation of procedural minutia found in the Book of Discipline (not over the question of his effectiveness, which was […]

Bishop Bledsoe to be reassigned – but how?

No doubt about it: the UMC’s Judicial Council has overturned Bishop Earl Bledsoe’s involuntary retirement and said he must immediately be given an episcopal area to oversee. But how is that assignment to be made? Head scratching could almost be heard around the South Central Jurisdiction. “The circumstances before us are new ground,” said Bishop […]

Judicial Council upholds guaranteed appointment for clergy, overturning GC 2012 action

By Neill Caldwell for United Methodist News Service… ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (UMNS) — The top court of The United Methodist Church has upheld church rules that ensure security of appointment for elders and associate clergy members, striking down legislation passed by the denomination’s lawmaking assembly last spring. The church’s General Conference, meeting in Tampa, […]

Local pastors fill big gap for UMC

By Michael A. Riegler, Special Contributor… The September 7 Reporter included a fine article by the Rev. Jay Vorhees.  If present trends continue, the article reported, the United Methodist Church will no longer have adequate numbers of ordained elders to serve all of our churches by the year 2032.  Simply put, we are retiring elders […]

A ‘dark night’ revives memories

By Kevin Anderson, Special Contributor… On May 20, 1988, a mentally ill woman named Laurie Dann walked into Hubbard Woods Elementary School in Winnetka, Ill., armed with three handguns, shot one boy in a washroom and then entered my classroom. She opened fire on us, small children taking a test about bicycle safety. She killed […]

Archives and History not ‘purely administrative’

  When the General Commission on Archives and History is referenced in an opinion piece as it was in “Judicial Council did Not do the UMC a favor” (by Lonnie Brooks, UMR, June 15, page 6A), I must respond to clarify statements of fact and opinion. The writer refers to GCAH as “a purely administrative […]

Some hard truths about the UMC, including that homosexuality isn’t to blame

By Sky McCracken, Special Contributor, … It’s a quote from a Star Trek movie (First Contact), admittedly with a gender bias, but it certainly applies: “Don’t try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history make its own judgment.” I think if you’re going to be an elder in the United […]

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