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Lon Morris College exploring merger or sale

Financially teetering Lon Morris College is exploring merger with or sale to another school. The two-year, United Methodist-affiliated college in Jacksonville, Texas, furloughed nearly all of its employees last month, after failing to meet three straight payrolls. It also suspended summer classes, and brought in Bridgepoint Consulting of Austin, Texas, to consider financial restructuring options. Based on Bridgepoint’s assessment, Lon […]

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 […]

Black caucus questions Bishop Bledsoe evaluation

The situation involving Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, an African-American who says he is being pushed to retire, is “a source of significant anguish and disappointment,” says The United Methodist Church’s African-American caucus. Black Methodists for Church Renewal Inc., which represents African-American United Methodists and congregations across the United States, announced its concerns Friday, June 15, […]

Questions Bishop Bledsoe evaluation

  I find it incredible that four years ago the Rev. W. Earl Bledsoe was selected for the position of United Methodist Bishop and now the South Central Jurisdiction episcopacy committee wants to remove him as episcopal leader of the North Texas Conference. I would like to know the benchmarks used for this decision, and the committee members’ educational […]

Guaranteed appointment may stand after all

General Conference 2012 may not have ended guaranteed appointment for ordained elders after all. Though delegates at the United Methodist Church’s quadrennial meeting voted to change one relevant part of the Book of Discipline, another was left untouched, apparently inadvertently. “It appears that there is no end to guaranteed appointments for elders under the 2012 […]

Same sex marriage allowance defeated in committee

The Committee on Ministry & Higher Education rejected sub-committee work that would have recommended another historic shift in the United Methodist Church. Submitted legislation sought to allow each Annual Conference to decide whether or not to allow same sex unions in their churches and by their pastors. The measure was defeated by a written ballot […]

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