NEWS AND FEATURES
50 years on, Central Jurisdiction's shadow looms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The union that created The United Methodist Church also abolished its racially segregated institution — the Central Jurisdiction. That history is a reminder that the church still struggles with race relations. Joey Butler reports.
Audio slideshow: Voices of the Central Jurisdiction
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Religion and Race celebrates 50 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Formed in 1968 as a commission to monitor the church’s integration efforts, the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race has expanded its inclusion advocacy worldwide. Joey Butler reports.
Video: Religion and Race at the Unite to End Racism Prayer Walk
Hitting the road for Way Forward
RICHARDSON, Texas (UMNS) — North Texas Conference Bishop Mike McKee has been on a road show of late, holding meetings about the work of the Council of Bishops and Commission on a Way Forward. He’s just one of several bishops who have organized listening sessions about the council and commission’s effort to maintain denominational unity despite deep division over homosexuality. Sam Hodges reports.
Judicial Council announces special session
EVANSTON, Ill. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Judicial Council has confirmed it will meet May 22-25 at the Hilton Orrington Hotel here to consider one or more petitions related to the special session of General Conference in February 2019. The request for the top court’s May meeting came from the denomination’s Council of Bishops. Linda Bloom reports.
Judicial Council May docket
UMCOR allocates $46 million for disaster recovery
ATLANTA (UMNS) — A new $46 million round of grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief — including $16.8 million to the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico — will build upon the denomination’s response to Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, as well as the California fires and flooding in Louisiana. Linda Bloom reports.
Group preaches Christian unity to Congolese women
BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo (UMNS) — The Church of Christ in Congo, an ecumenical Christian organization that includes United Methodists, is taking its message of Christian unity to women, raising awareness in communities often divided by tribal, ethnic or religious conflicts. Philippe Kituka Lolonga has the story.
United Methodist Communications
Freeborn Garrettson: Methodism's Paul Revere
BALTIMORE (UMC.org) — Paul Revere is famous for his ride on April 18, 1775. Almost a decade later, a Methodist circuit rider made his own famous journey to gather the preachers of a new nation to form a new church. Listen, my children, and you shall hear the story of a Methodist pioneer.
United Methodist Communications
Green roof reflects core beliefs
WASHINGTON (UMC.org) — Staff members at the United Methodist Board of Church and Society are proud of the green roof on their eco-friendly Capitol Hill building. John Hill describes the roof and other changes the agency has made to care for creation.
EarthKeeper solarizes community
DUNWOODY, Ga. — The EarthKeepers program, part of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, aims to equip church members to develop environmental initiatives in their communities. This video, in time for Earth Day on April 22, highlights one such initiative led by United Methodist Tina Wilkinson. She is bringing solar power to her community.
United Methodist Disability Ministries
Church makes most of Sign-a-Thon
MCMURRAY, Pa. — Trinity United Methodist Church was among several groups that recently participated in their community’s Sign-a-Thon. The event gave the church a chance to promote its deaf ministry.
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Mission leader details agency priorities
ATLANTA — The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is taking a deep look at program performance and fiscal accountability. It also is strengthening its stand against global racism and sexual abuse, including within its large personnel network, said Thomas Kemper, the mission agency’s top executive, during his report to the board of directors. Elliott Wright has the story.
South Georgia Conference
Sharing God's love through bicycle ministry
DONALSONVILLE, Ga. — The joy on a father’s face, a simple promise and a commitment to God set Jim Anderson on a path toward sobriety and launched a bicycle ministry that is now in its ninth year. Kara Witherow has the story.
Meet university's new president
OKLAHOMA CITY — United Methodist-related Oklahoma City University will have its first female president beginning July 1. Martha Burger, an alumna and former trustee of the university, will be its 18th president. Zoe Travers has the story.
Another Mississippi church discusses leaving
JACKSON, Miss. — Bellwether United Methodist Church recently expressed a desire to leave The United Methodist Church, Mississippi Area Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. said. Swanson said the church is still United Methodist, but is discerning its future with the denomination. In a membership affirmation during a church conference, 64 people decided to withdraw their membership in The United Methodist Church and one decided to remain a member. Of 42 people not present who submitted written declarations, 41 decided to withdraw their membership and one decided to remain in the denomination.
UMNS: 2 churches vote to leave denomination
United Methodist Women
1-day registrations available for UMW Assembly
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A limited number of one-day registrations are available for United Methodist Women’s “The Power of Bold” 2018 quadrennial assembly May 18-20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
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Wesley Theological Seminary
Seminary names new dean
WASHINGTON — United Methodist Wesley Theological Seminary announced the appointment of a new dean, Philip Wingeier-Rayo, whose focus is world Christianity. The seminary also announced eight other faculty and administrative appointments.
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Higher Education and Ministry
New book on sacramental authority
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has published a book by Rex D. Matthews titled “Ministerial Orders and Sacramental Authority in The United Methodist Church and its Antecedents, 1784-2016.” Matthews teaches historical theology and Wesleyan studies at United Methodist Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.
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Will you join in fighting racism?
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol writes about her profound gratitude for the church that saved her by opening her eyes to racism. And the pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church — founded in 1850 as the “representative church” for the Methodist Episcopal Church South — writes about her prayers for the church to “resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.”