"What is it about Holy Scripture that is unclear to us in our relationship with the immigrant among us?" — Bishop Minerva Carcaño, speaking to the International Association of Methodist-related Schools, Colleges and Universities.
Immigration, environment big topics in Puebla
PUEBLA, Mexico (UMNS) — Bishop Minerva Carcaño’s keynote address on immigration drew a standing ovation and local press coverage at the International Association of Methodist-related Schools, Colleges and Universities conference here, which wrapped up May 31. Environmental protection also drew considerable discussion. Sam Hodges reports.
Methodist educators gather in Mexico
LGBTQ candidate not recommended for ordination
WASHINGTON — The Baltimore-Washington Conference board of ordained ministry didn’t recommend a married lesbian candidate for deacon for ordination after taking a recent Judicial Council ruling into consideration. The board chair said a task force will “review our policies and procedures to ensure that we appropriately examine our candidates.” After the decision not to recommend T.C. Morrow — who was recommended in 2016 — Philip Wogaman, an elder for nearly 60 years, turned in his clergy credentials. He said his “heart breaks” for Morrow and others “who have been excluded as a result of bad church law, applied legalistically and hurtfully.” Erik Alsgaard has the story.
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Court says review all clergy qualifications
Boards reaffirm stand for LGBTQ clergy candidates
Church and Society launches new website
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — A clear identity, different look and more easily navigated content are features of a new website launched this week by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. The site also will encourage viewers to take action on social justice issues. Linda Bloom has the story.
80 years, 1 bike and 35,000 miles
CONCORD, N.H. — The Rev. Dwight Haynes didn’t learn to ride a bike until he was 13 — no training wheels in those days, he points out. But he’s made up for that slow start: At age 80, Haynes has ridden more than 35,000 miles. Beth DiCocco has the story.
Teen washes Loads of Love
MACON, Ga. (UMC.org) — Everyone needs clean clothes, but for some families, a trip to the laundromat can mean making financial sacrifices in other areas. A teenager and her church started giving people the gift of free laundry and now other congregations are washing their own Loads of Love.
South Korea trip expands diversity work
SEOUL, South Korea — A seven-day trip to South Korea allowed four African-American pastors and an Asian-American pastor to share best practices and experiences in diversity and inclusion with students and faculty of YeonSei Theological School and the Global Institute of Theology. All five pastors serve in large United Methodist churches that have a predominantly white membership.
Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.
Wednesday, June 7-Saturday, June 10
Great Plains Annual Conference — Heartland Event Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Road, Grand Island, Nebraska. The main speaker for the event is the Rev. Stephen Cady, senior minister at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, New York. His research focus is on youth and young adult faith formation, particularly in the area of worship. Details
Thursday, June 8-Sunday, June 11
Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Annual Conference — Southeast Region Center, 1120 NE E Street, Antlers, Oklahoma. The missionary conference session meets. Details