Elder

General Church
The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

United Methodists behind closed doors

The United Methodist Church can be messy, but church law requires that nearly all meetings be open.
Local Church
The Revs. Maggie Proshek (left), Ricky Harrison (center) and Taylor Smith are young clergy in the North Texas Conference. All three were ordained at annual conference this summer, Proshek as deacon and Harrison and Smith as elders. The North Texas Conference has become one of the top U.S conferences in percentage of elders 35 and under, a new report shows. Nationally, the number of young elders has declined for three straight years. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson, North Texas Conference.

Number of elders under 35 dropping

New report on United Methodist clergy age trends in U.S. shows three years of decline for elders in this demographic.
Local Church
The Rev. Schubert Ogden, a longtime professor at Perkins School of Theology, died June 6 in Louisville, Colorado, near Boulder and Denver. He was 91. Photo from Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Theologian Ogden pushed himself and his students

Longtime Perkins professor offered challenging ideas about Christian faith and was a taskmaster for students, leaning on them to think deeply and clearly.
Social Concerns
Ron Blanton plays the Rev. Charles Moore in a re-enactment segment of the new documentary “Man on Fire.” Moore, a retired United Methodist elder, set himself on fire in a suicidal protest of racism in 2014. Film image courtesy of “Man on Fire” film.

PBS film looks at pastor's fatal protest

The 2014 self-immolation of retired United Methodist clergyman Charles Moore, and its effect on his East Texas hometown, is the subject of "Man on Fire."

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