Bishop Discusses Future Security Task Force


Once again, we grieve with our sisters and brothers in Christ who have become victims of evil behavior in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  The kind of grief we feel is the same grief expressed in God’s words to Cain after Cain murdered his brother Abel,    “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s [innocent] blood is crying out to Me from the ...

Bishop Shares Interim Report from Commission on a Way Forwward


To my sisters and brothers of the Mississippi Episcopal Area, I am currently attending an Active Bishops Learning Retreat that began at the conclusion of our Council of Bishops (COB) Fall Meeting. The majority of our time together during the COB was spent receiving a preliminary report from the Commission on A Way Forward. The official report of ...

Pastoral Letter from the Africa Bishops


To all God’s children called United Methodists in Africa, Grace, peace and love from God our Father and from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who was, who is and who ever shall be. AMEN As we converge here at Lake Junaluska together with our colleague United Methodist Bishops from around the connection for our 2017 November Council of Bishops ...

Court Maintains Stand on Ministerial Candidates


Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front row: Deanell Reece Tacha, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Lydia Romão Gulele, Ruben T. Reyes, the Rev.Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. By Linda Bloom Oct. 28, 2017 | ...

Praying, Singing as White Supremacists Rally


Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS The Rev. Jackson Henry, member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, joined several hundred others in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to protest a white-supremacist rally that was planned but later canceled Oct. 28. Story by Heather Hahn, photos by Kathy L. Gilbert Oct. 30, 2017 | SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The Rev. Laurie ...

How and Why the Church Invests in the Future through Education


From Higher Education and Ministry NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 19, 2017 – Alexis Bazydola and Paul Tribble are recipients of the Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship and examples of the why the investment in the education and development of our future leaders is a priority for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). ...

Grants Available for Young People’s Racial Justice Projects


From the office of Discipleship Ministries NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sept. 22, 2017 /Discipleship Ministries/ Applications are now available for grants to help United Methodist young people with a passion for racial justice to initiate projects that can impact their church, community and world.   Grants up to $2,500 per project will provide seed money to ...

Swanson Receives Award from Andrew Jackson Council BSA


Boy Scouts, cubmasters, scoutmasters, silver beavers and several United Methodist congregants, pastors and district superintendents came out to support service in Scouting by attending the Whitney Young Service Award Dinner at the JSU E-Center Thursday, September 28. Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. was one of three recipients of the award and shared in...

UMCOR is There For the Long Haul


Sandy McCall looks through her furniture and flooded possessions on the street outside her home in Orange, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.  By Julie Dwyer Sept. 25, 2017 | UMNS While Irma, Harvey and Maria dominate news headlines, the United Methodist Committee on Relief hasn’t forgotten about Matthew. That storm left...

Emory Ranked Among Top National Universities by U.S. News


Emory University has been ranked 21st among the nation’s top universities in the new 2018 Best Colleges guidebook from U.S. News & World Report. “Emory’s students are drawn to the university’s combination of groundbreaking research and academic excellence in the liberal arts,” says Dwight A. McBride, provost and executive vice president of ...

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