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Possible Boy Scout gay leadership change has religious groups weighing options

(RNS) The phone calls and emails have been pouring in at Trail Life USA since Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said his organization should remove its ban on gay leaders. “I think this is the major public turning point,” said John Stemberger, chairman ofTrail Life USA, which bills itself as a Christian alternative to […]

United Methodist Men will compete for top honors

The General Commission on United Methodist Men will honor the top 30 local churches that engage in ministries designed to transform the lives of men and youth.

A New Year’s Resolution that will transform the United Methodist Church

by Gil Hanke* What would transform each local church within our denomination?  What activities have a proven track record that turn “pew sitters” into “disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world?”  These are not new questions, and the core answer returns us to some basic premises of John Wesley as he understood the […]

United Methodists launch effort to expand scouting ministry

The General Commission on United Methodist Men, meeting Sept. 6-7 in Nashville, learned that there are 363,876 youth meeting in 10,868 BSA units sponsored by 6,700 United Methodist congregations, the second highest among all denominations. That number is likely to increase because of the presence of 234 scouting ministry specialists in 47 annual conferences and because Mississippi Area Bishop James Swanson, chair of the commission, has written a letter to other active bishops encouraging them to hold Bishop’s Dinners for Scouting.

2,000 expected at UMM National Gathering

NASHVILLE, TENN — United Methodist leaders expect 2,000 men to attend the 11th national gathering of United Methodist Men, this summer. The event is being held on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, TN from July 12-14, 2013. The theme of the event will be “From the Inside Out,” words from a song performed on […]

UMM leaders, citing negative reaction, ask BSA to hold off on gay policy change

Top leaders of the General Commission on United Methodist Men have written the Boy Scouts of America, citing strong negative response within the denomination to a proposed lifting of the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Gilbert Hanke, top executive of United Methodist Men, and Bishop James E. Swanson Jr., UMM president, wrote Chief […]

UM Men plan national gathering this summer

By J. Richard Peck, Special Contributor JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—United Methodist leaders expect 4,000 men to attend the 11th national gathering of United Methodist Men, this summer in Nashville. Meeting Jan. 7 in Jacksonville, the 22-member committee set final plans for the July 12-14 quadrennial meeting at Belmont University. Speakers for the gathering include Don Davis, former […]