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Annual Health Check-up for the Church

7/22/2016

By Tricia Brown, United Methodist Contributor Even churches need annual checkups to make sure that all is well. Take time to seriously consider the following symptoms and what treatment may be needed to ensure the continuing health and prosperity of your church. Have you scheduled your annual church health check-up?  TWEET THIS Lack of growth Are...


Associate General Secretary Appointed New District Superintendent in Florida

7/22/2016

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Disaster preparedness after Sandy

7/21/2016

Volunteers teams helped repair and rebuild hundreds of homes, including this one in Long Island. Photo: Long Island Recovery Effort By Susan Kim, journalist and regular contributor to www.umcor.org July 5, 2016  — “Not if … but when.” That’s the phrase Tom Vencuss and other disaster responders use when they talk about how to keep communities ...


Gathering Seeks Effective Ways to Engage Young People about Racism

7/20/2016

From Discipleship Ministries As recent events once again focus attention on issues of racial inequality, Young People’s Ministries (YPM), a division of Discipleship Ministries, will convene a session this month to identify more effective ways to resource the church for conversations with young people about racism. As racism continues to be a ...


Bishop Swanson's Pastoral Response to Western Jurisdiction Episcopal Election

7/16/2016

My sisters and brothers I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. On Friday, July 15 we concluded three days of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Across the United States, five jurisdictional conferences meet every four years with the primary task being the election of bishops and the assignment ...


General Conference Briefing on Human Sexuality Conversation

7/16/2016

  This statement is being resent per Bishop Swanson's request. Please read prayerfully and carefully. An updated message will be forthcoming after Bishop Swanson’s prayerful discernment.  Check your email, the conference website and social media for more information as details are made available. Mississippi United Methodists,   Having returned ...


Go Tell it on The Mountain: SEJ Budget Reduces by Sixty Percent

7/14/2016

By Sybil Davidson SEJ Daily Christian Advocate   The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference approved a budget of $1,774,000 for the 2017–2020 quadrennium. The budget passed as recommended by the SEJ Committee on Finance and Administration and reflects a 60 percent reduction over the previous budget.  Starting the report with song, Jim Allen sang "...


A Response to a Tragedy in Our Nation

7/13/2016

Statement from Bishop Holston: A Response to a Tragedy in our Nation The video images of the officer-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota as well as the shooting of police officers in Dallas will remain with us long after we have viewed them. Our newspapers and computers are filled with the images of these vicious attacks. They are deeply...


Letter from the SEJ College of Bishops

7/12/2016

A Pastoral Letter from the Southeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops to the United Methodists in the Southeastern Jurisdiction Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We celebrate the way God is working through you and the churches you represent to make disciples of Jesus Christ ...


Methodist history: Controversy, Communion and Welch’s Grape Juice

7/12/2016

A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* June 28, 2016 You are probably familiar with Welch’s Grape Juice, but you may not know it has ties to the history of The United Methodist Church. In the 1800s, churches faced a dilemma. To combat the epidemic of alcoholism, the temperance movement advocated total abstinence from all alcohol. In celebration of the ...


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