Connectional Table splits on petition


A UMNS Report By Heather Hahn* East Ohio Area Bishop John L. Hopkins chairs a meeting of the Connectional Table on March 5 in Nashville, Tenn. Hopkins chose an image of a galaxy to illustrate the “chaos” of The United Methodist Church before General Conference. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry. The 2012 United Methodist General Conference will take up legislation this spring that would allow the redistribution of up to $60 million in general church funds. The money is intended for three efforts: ...

Community's trash is church's treasure


How churches transform problems into opportunities for vital ministry The Vital Congregations project was authorized by the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table in response to Call to Action research, which indicated a lack of measures and accountability within The United Methodist Church. Congregations that need help, encouragement and support in moving towards health and vitality have resources available to assist them in achieving these goals. Best practices are offered that ...

Clergy band plays to fight malaria


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Sex abuse suit names TX conference, pastor


a class="lightbox" title=" Graham Kendall. A web-only photo. " href="" style="color: rgb(85,117,161); text-decoration: none"> Graham Kendall A web-only photo. A UMNS Report By Kathy L. Gilbert* A woman who alleges she was sexually abused by a pastor in the United Methodist Texas Annual (regional) Conference filed a lawsuit Feb. 23 in Houston. The conference as well as the pastor, Kendall Graham, and ...

NYAC Joins with Mission Insite


Dear Colleagues, The New York Annual Conference has just joined more than 40 other annual conferences as a partner with Mission Insite. This company specializes in helping churches better know the people in their community and resourcing evangelism and mission. You can check out their website at  On Friday March 23rd, Peter Wernett from Mission Insite will offer a training session on how to use this online resource. The first meeting will be from 9 to 12 noon at the ...

Lent and Easter Resources


DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES Find devotions and meditations to help you during this season of preparation. Devotions and meditations Journey to Hope Upper Room Online Daily Devotional Lenten and Easter meditations from UMW Reflections and features from Global Ministries Upper Room Daily Reflections Bread on the Way to the Cross ( meditation series) Words Matter: Lenten Devotions Articles 7 awesome ideas for Holy Week and Easter Be alcohol free for Lent When keeping Sabbath, simply rest Got ...

Could you go alcohol-free for Lent?


A UMNS Report By Kathy L. Gilbert*   Creating a Lenten “spirit fund” by donating funds usually spent on alcohol is one approach to creating a Lenten challenge. A UMNS photo illustration by Kathleen Barry. A glass of wine with dinner, a beer while watching the big game, a sip of bourbon before going to bed — all pretty harmless activities if you watch television, go to movies, browse the Internet or talk to most folks. You might be shocked to know that the world’s worst killer — more than AIDS,...

Mixed blessings in new U.S. church numbers


A UMNS Report By Rich Peck* a class="lightbox" title=" Melissa Crutchfield of the United Methodist Committee on Relief helps distribute water-treatment supplies to people living in a makeshift camp in Gresier, Haiti, in January 2010. UMNS file photos by Mike DuBose. " href="" jquery1330348720147="34">img border="0" alt=" Melissa Crutchfield of the United Methodist Committee on Relief helps distribute ...

Many U.S. presidents have Methodist ties


A UMNS Report By Courtney Aldrich* Stained-glass windows were given to President McKinley’s Methodist church, Church of the Savior, in Canton, Ohio, as a memorial from his wife. Images courtesy of Church of the Savior and Wikipedia Creative Commons. They escorted Abraham Lincoln’s body to his burial in Illinois. They served lemonade to guests at the White House in an age of temperance. They had roles in inaugurations and extended spiritual advice to presidents on justice issues, ranging from ...

Health-care chaplaincy: What's it good for?


A UMNS Commentary By Kathleen LaCamera* Kathleen LaCamera Little did I know that the chaplaincy training I did at Yale-New Haven Hospital during my seminary training in the 1980s would lay the foundation for some of the best work I have ever had the privilege to undertake decades later in Britain. Five years ago, alongside my work as a journalist — and with a lot of trepidation — I took on a half-day-a-week role as a hospital chaplain at the Royal Bolton Hospital in northwest England. The Rev. ...

NYAC Episcopal Candidates Endorsed


The New York delegation to the 2012 General and Jurisdictional conferences has endorsed two of its members as candidates for bishop – Rev. Adrienne Brewington and Rev. Timothy J. Riss. Brewington is the superintendent for the Long Island East District. She previously served Westbury UMC and First UMC in Hollis, N.Y. Riss has served the Hicksville UMC since 2005; he was previously appointed to congregations in Smithtown, Catskill, Franklin, Fleischmanns and Halcott Center, N.Y. Riss currently ...

Giants defensive tackle puts God first


A UMNS Feature By Barbara Dunlap-Berg* A note from NY: Chris Canty’s mother, Rev. Shirley L. Canty, was ordained in the New York Annual Conference. She served at Upper Madison Avenue UMC and Springfield Gardens UMC before being appointed to serve as chaplain at a women’s correctional facility in North Carolina. In 2001, she transferred to the WesternNorth Carolina Annual Conference. Family is important to New York Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty (left), shown here with his mother, the Rev. ...

National Council of Churches begins to consider its future


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Follow our YAM Group in Ghana


Please welcome this year's Youth Ambassadors in Mission! They are 13 youth and 4 adults. The 10 young girls are: Alyssa, Sara, Sara Anne, Jennifer, Taliah, Stephanie, Okema, Maya, Imani, and Deniece. And the 3 young boys are: Isaiah, Dwayne, and Kevon. The adults are Gillian Prince, Emily Ott and Tyron Johnson and their leader Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie, Conference Mission Coordinator. These 13 young people are ready to begin their journal to Ghana from February 17 to 29, 2012. We welcome you to ...

Supreme Court shields church from bias laws


A UMNS Report By Heather Hahn* The U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark unanimous decision on Jan. 11 recognized a “ministerial exception” to employment discrimination laws. File photo by Franz Jantzen, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States. A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision this month establishes that The United Methodist Church and other religious groups are free to set their own rules for choosing and dismissing leaders without government interference. The high court on ...

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