"We are truly in ministry from everywhere to everywhere, which also is in this place." — Thomas Kemper, addressing mission agency's board of directors.
Mission agency: 'From everywhere to everywhere'
ATLANTA (UMNS) — Directors of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries met Oct. 19-22 at the group's new headquarters, marking the end of a two-year transition process from New York. Linda Bloom reports.
How to use your church's history for good
DALLAS (UMCOM) — Church leaders can use the history of their congregation, community or denomination in multiple ways, including as a tool to build community awareness. Clay Morgan, writing for United Methodist Communications, offers tips.
Churches should talk about domestic violence
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Joe Iovino writes about how people of faith can understand the problem and interrupt the violence.
Bishop: Celebrate enduring saints Nov. 1
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (UMNS) — “It has been said that saints have the light of Christ shining through them,” writes Bishop Peggy Johnson in a blog celebrating All Saints’ Day, which is observed on Nov. 1. While viewing a historic church’s stained-glass windows depicting saints of old, she recalls the dark, painful struggles many of those saints endured.
Syrian refugees embraced by Boise church
BOISE, Idaho (UMC.org) — The Bible instructs to welcome the stranger. Cathedral of the Rockies First United Methodist Church is helping refugees resettle, including recent refugees from Syria.
Wingfield heading to California-Pacific Conference
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Rev. Myron Wingfield has been named executive director of connectional ministries for the California-Pacific Conference. He has served as the associate general secretary for the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Division of Ordained Ministry since 2012.
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Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Wednesday, Nov. 2
Christian-Muslim Maelstrom — 7 p.m. EDT Nov. 1 and 10 a.m. EDT Nov. 2, Alford Centrum, Methodist Theological School of Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio. The Williams Institute at Methodist Theological School in Ohio welcomes the Rev. Canon Titus Presler for two lectures. The evening lecture is titled “Christian-Muslim Maelstrom: Analyzing and Theologizing a Crisis,” followed the next morning by “Christian-Muslim Maelstrom: Building Toward a Viable Future.” The lectures are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Details
Thursday, Nov. 3
Webinar "Spiritual Practices With Children and Youth" — 7 to 8 p.m. EDT. This webinar will explore how to teach spiritual practices to children and youth. Topics covered will include different ways to pray and resources for creating prayer stations. Debbie Kolacki, a certified Christian educator and United Methodist lay servant, will lead. Details