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TV Review: Show finds grace, hope hidden in dark corners

A young, newly-minted nurse is dispatched to the home of an aging veteran to tend the old war wounds in his leg that never healed. While she’s initially repelled by his roach-infested apartment, the old man’s gentle, upbeat spirit soon wins her over. He has managed to sustain it, even after losing his family, and […]

When Sundays Swing – UM churches find jazz in worship moves the spirit

DALLAS—Highland Park UMC is a tall-steeple church, and within it is Cox Chapel, where high church worship is the norm, including a processional, a recessional and a formal approach to liturgy most any Anglican would love. One Sunday last fall, worshippers had all this and more. The Dallas Jazz Quartet, led by pianist Charles Winslow […]

Rethink church food, experts say – and hold the fried chicken

All-you-can-eat fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cheese grits, macaroni and cheese, biscuits and a table arrayed with cakes, pies and Jello. It’s a menu familiar to many United Methodists, especially those in the South. Church folks love to eat together, and they usually don’t eat healthy food. But now, Dr. Scott Morris says, it’s time to […]

You go, Girl Scouts! At 100, group still a UM presence

Jillian Cooper, 13, and her Girl Scout troop are looking forward to a trip this fall to Savannah, Ga., to visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912. And they’re going with the help and blessing of her church, East Ridge United Methodist in East Ridge, […]

Ben Gosden: The motion I wish I’d made at annual conference

By Ben Gosden, Special Contributor… As much as I was enthused about annual conference here in South Georgia, I do have one regret: I wish I had made a motion from the floor to define discipleship for our annual conference. You see, I counted some 70 times that the phrase “making disciples for the transformation […]

Bishop Willimon on GC2012 and ‘church by committee’

By William H. Willimon, Special Contributor… General Conference in Tampa made history as the most expensive ($1,500 per minute!), least productive, most fatuous assemblage in the history of Methodism.  Sunday evening’s “A Celebration of Ministry” fiasco was a metaphor for our nearly two weeks at church expense: four hours of belabored supplication by the General […]