“There are people who believe our stance on homosexuality is the most important issue facing The United Methodist Church. I don’t agree.” — Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Jones addresses concerns on Way Forward plans
ATLANTA (UMNS) — Though he doesn’t feel bishops should publicly support any particular plan, Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones uses his Facebook page and blog to help address concerns and even misconceptions some may have about the three plans to be considered at the special 2019 General Conference. Jones spoke with UM News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
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Church answers crisis in foster care
LOXAHATCHEE GROVES, Fla. — Florida is experiencing a foster care crisis. There are 1,700 children in the foster care system in two South Florida counties alone, with more removed from their families each month. With this great need, the multi-campus United Methodist congregation Community of Hope is putting its concern into action. Anne Dukes has the story.
South Georgia Conference
Recovery ongoing in South Georgia
MACON, Ga. — A few weeks ago, Allison Lindsey was among a team of conference leaders who traveled to southwest Georgia to assess the ongoing Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. “There’s so much that has been done, but there’s still so much left to do,” said Lindsey, associate director of connectional ministries. “The work doesn’t stop here.”
Council of Bishops, Archives and History
Bishops find resonance in Kennedy’s telegram
MADISON, N.J. — In 1968, the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches into The United Methodist Church was big news. The United Methodist Commission on Archives and History recently discovered a congratulatory telegram Sen. Robert F. Kennedy sent to church leaders. In the brief message, Kennedy speaks of the need for church cooperation in a broken world.
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Lifewatch holds annual service Jan. 18
WASHINGTON — Lifewatch, an unofficial United Methodist advocacy group, will hold its annual worship service at 9:30 a.m. EST Jan. 18. Retired United Methodist Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker will lead the service, which precedes the annual anti-abortion March for Life. Lifewatch’s board meeting will follow at 3 p.m.
The best scenario for the Korean church
CONCORD, Calif. (UMNS) — Adding a graceful exit clause to the Book of Discipline would be the best way to keep the denomination together, writes the Rev. Sungho Lee in a commentary about how Korean-American United Methodists see the future of the church.
Bigham-Tsai on seeing a way forward
Church helps with prison food shortage
Monday, Jan. 14-Monday, Jan. 28
Online class: Developing a dynamic worship service
Monday, Jan. 14-Monday, Feb. 25
Online pastoral care class: A look at the lives of first responders