Enriching Theological Education at Cambine Theological Seminary

September 27, 2016

by Julio Andre Vilanculos The Cambine Mission in Mozambique, located northwest of Maxixe in Inhambane Province, is more than 100 years old. Methodist missionaries seeking a place to build a hospital, church, and school were given Cambine as a gift from a tribal king in 1890. He asked the missionaries, “Do you come for peace?” That king, who is buried on the Cambine grounds, was the great-great-grandfather of João Somane Machado, who served as bishop for the UMC in Mozambique from 1988 to 2008.  ...


Message by Dorcas Samantha Ewoodzie, Missionary in Kenya

September 27, 2016

Most churches in Africa were initiated by missionaries who relied on financial support from sister churches in Europe, the United States, and Canada. The churches and institutions belonged to the various denominations that established them. Indigenous people did not consider themselves as the owners of these churches. This perspective created a dependence on foreign funding, entirely.  More...  


Living in the Now Can be a Gift

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

September 15, 2016

Alive Now, published by The Upper Room—a ministry of the United Methodist Church—is one magazine my wife, Barbara, and I enjoy. When reading it the other night I found my mind wandering from the writings themselves to the title, Alive Now. Who thought of the name?  What is its origin? Did the title decide the purpose of the magazine or did the name come first, helping to decide its direction? I have been playing with the words and discovered how many times they have come from my lips. I can’t ...


God's Sign for a New Future

Previous Bishops

August 29, 2016

My Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Last week I jogged about a mile away from the condo where I’ve been living for the past 20 months to the Conference Center. As I stood in front of this building under renovation I looked up at the sky to see a full rainbow — a sign of God’s blessing over this building that is only partially restored. Could this be a metaphor for The United Methodist Church today? We too are undergoing a renovation. ...


Embracing Life Fully—However It Comes

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

August 16, 2016

“Sitting full in the moment, I practiced on the God-awful difficulty of just paying attention.  It’s a contention of Heat Moon’s—believing as he does any traveler who misses the journey misses all he’s going to get—that a man becomes his attentions.” This is from a delightful book, “Blue Highways” by William Least Heat-Moon, published in 1983. The book details his observations of people and places as he travels the perimeter of the United States, always on the back roads, almost never on an ...


Message from Rev. John Calhoun Mission Advocate, Northeastern Jurisdiction

August 11, 2016

Dearest friends,   Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!  I pray that you are well, and having a peaceful and joyful summer season.  Although each day brings reminders of the suffering and strife in the world around us, we also pause to give thanks to God for all His many blessings:  the gift of family and friends; access to abundant food, clean water, and advanced health care; and a faith that binds us together in peace and with hope for the future.   As Mission Advocate ...


Message from Missionary Sun Lae Kim from Mongolia

August 10, 2016

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Emmanuel and Florence Mefor, Mutambara Mission Hospital, Nhedziwa, Zimbabwe

August 08, 2016

We send you greetings to from West Chester, Pennsylvania. We write to update you on the progress of Emmanuel‘s health condition. On a general note we say “so far so good”. We give thanks to God for the gift of complete healing which continues to “trickle” in, endlessly from his spring of life. Ezk 47: 9. Emmanuel has been improving slowly but steadily. Presently he is able to walk a good distance without a cane. The numbness on his lower limbs is gradually fading as the spinal cord recovers.


VIM Nicaragua 2016

August 05, 2016

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Prayer for Unity in a Time of Crisis

Previous Bishops

July 08, 2016

My Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I am reminded of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. Surely he weeps with us today. Following the tragic shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, which further undermined any sense of trust in the fairness of treatment of blacks and other persons of color, we are now stunned by the wanton act of ambush in Dallas last night resulting in the deaths of five police officers and wounding of ...


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