NEWS AND FEATURES
Ask The UMC
Exploring death and resurrection
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — What happens when we die? Is there life after our lives here on Earth, and what will it be like? Many have written to Ask The UMC over the years asking how United Methodists answer these and other questions about death, resurrection and life in the new creation. A new series gathers these questions in one place for easy reference and reflection.
Read Part 1: What happens when we die?
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Northern Illinois Conference
Churchgoer oldest American to conquer Everest
CHICAGO — A member of North Shore United Methodist Church in Glencoe is now the oldest American to climb Mount Everest. Arthur Muir, 75, is a retired attorney who climbed Everest on his second try. Anne Marie Gerhardt has the story.
South Georgia Conference
Women find sisterhood through exercise group
CLIMAX, Ga. — To a handful of women, “yada” means anything but boring, predictable talk. These are the Yada Yadas. The close-knit group has been meeting, praying and exercising together since 2005. Kara Witherow has the story.
Conference establishes Gammon scholarship
LAKELAND, Fla. — Shortly after the Rev. Candace Lewis was named the president-dean at Gammon Theological Seminary, she established the goal of reducing students’ costs. Florida Conference leaders have stepped in to help with the initial Geraldine Williams-McClellan Scholarship. Joe Henderson has the story.
Black cemetery named historical landmark
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Hurst United Methodist Church is celebrating the designation of Beck Knob Cemetery as a historical landmark, while requesting help for its care. “A lot of the folks, the slaves and people up there in the cemetery ... they worked a whole lot to get to where we are today,” said church member Gary James. Angela Kim has the story.
Center for American Progress
Bishop Oliveto called a faith leader to watch
WASHINGTON — The Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank in the U.S., has named Mountain Sky Conference Bishop Karen Oliveto among 21 faith leaders to watch in 2021. The center says its list “celebrates those leaders — some well-known and others newly on the scene — who are using their platforms to fight for justice.”
Read press release
Read story on Oliveto and others recognized
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Asking United Methodist polity questions
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (UM News) — Discussions over a split in the denomination raise complicated questions related to United Methodist polity. The Rev. William Lawrence, former president of the United Methodist Judicial Council and former dean of Perkins School of Theology, used a combination of historical research and pastoral experience to address several of those questions.
Wespath, United Methodist Publishing House
Events introduce financial-health program
GLENVIEW, Ill. — Wespath and Abingdon Press are offering informational events to familiarize clergy and local church leaders with Saving Grace, a biblically based Wesleyan curriculum that can help participants reach financial well-being goals. People can choose between two online events scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. U.S. Central time on July 20 and 26.
UMCOR aids displaced people in Congo
Trove of Methodist treasures comes to SMU
Wednesday, June 16-Friday, June 18
North Carolina Annual Conference
Thursday, June 17-Saturday, June 19
California-Pacific Annual Conference
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