“The world is a better place because Jack walked this way. I rarely make a decision of consequence without asking the question, ‘What would Bishop Meadors do?’” — Bishop William T. McAlilly, about Bishop Marshall L. “Jack” Meadors Jr.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Bishop Meadors remembered as ‘giant of justice’
ANDERSON, S.C. (UM News) — Bishop Marshall L. “Jack” Meadors Jr., who died May 25, is being remembered as a compassionate leader and dedicated activist on issues such as child poverty, war and women’s rights. Meadors led the Mississippi Conference from 1993 to 2000. Jim Patterson has the story.
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North Texas Conference
‘Picklin’ Parson Food Club’ is a hit
CHANDLER, Texas — The Rev. Stan Copeland of Dallas’ Lovers Lane United Methodist Church started the Picklin’ Parson Food Club to provide fresh vegetables in food desert areas of East Texas, including his hometown. Families pay $2 a week for $25 worth of produce of their choice. The goal was to serve 150 families, but after five months, 266 families are in the program. Monica Frazier reports.
Mountain Sky Conference
Part-time pastor brings whole self to ministry
ELIZABETH, Colo. — Pastor. Realtor. Relationship coach. Published author. Health and wellness adviser. The Rev. Mary Beth Taylor, as a pastor in a part-time appointment, has found multiple ways to use her talents for ministry. She says she wants to be “a catalyst for people to live their best life.” Evelyn D. Warren has the story.
Greater New Jersey Conference
Spreading the flame to India
BAYONNE, N.J. — The Rev. Emad Gerges, founder and pastor of The Flame Church (UMC), recently traveled to India to spread The Flame’s ministry of evangelism by helping to lead people in prayer. One event had 1,700 in attendance. “People were thirsty for the presence of the Lord,” Gerges said. Krista B. Jefferies reports.
United Methodist Communications
Connecting food and faith
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Focusing on food can be an important part of creation care. In a video for “Our UM Table,” the Rev. Kate Fields, a biologist turned pastor with a passion for connecting food and faith, shares some ways churches can build community around food and creation care.
Religion and Race
Resource for observing Juneteenth
WASHINGTON — Juneteenth (June 19) marks the day in 1865 when U.S. federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all African Americans were freed. In 2021, it became a federally recognized holiday. The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race has created a graphic, “Six Ways White People Can Observe Juneteenth,” that is free and available for download.
Church and Society
Webinar to look at sustainable development
WASHINGTON — The second of six global thematic webinars organized by CoNGO — the Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations — is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. U.S. Central time on June 5. The webinar's theme is "Pursuing Global Justice and Solidarity: Realizing Agenda 2030, Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action."
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What to expect at the next General Conference
Wesley’s vision of education alive and well today
Tuesday, July 18
Webinar: Building a Better Budget
Tuesday, July 25-Friday, July 28
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