FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE United Methodist Reporter to Continue as a Digital Resource MethoBlog to become part of CircuitWriter Media LLC Nashville, TN – June 5, 2012 CircuitWriter Media LLC announced today that it has entered into an agreement with UMR Communications Inc. to purchase the rights and digital assets of the United Methodist Reporter (UMR) …
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So I hope you understand my reasoning behind answering the way I did on the survey. It’s not that I do not feel I am a “leader” for Campbell UMC; it’s that I would never dream of “speaking for” a group of people who are perfectly capable of speaking for themselves, and doing so with grace, respect, and love.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Both United Methodist bishops in North Carolina have signed a joint statement with Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic leaders urging the state legislature not to make drastic cuts in programs, such as Medicaid, that help the most vulnerable in society. United Methodist bishops Hope Morgan Ward, leader of the North Carolina [...]View full post
Here is a very simple question – have you read the Book of Discipline lately? I would think that if you were to read this interesting book, you might find out things that will enhance your life and could go a long way to revitalizing the church. Yes, I know that reading the Discipline can […]View full post
I am constantly watching the Netflix New Arrivals list for films that are streaming that have good overall watchability as a youth ministry movie and that also may have a specific scene that can be useful as part of a youth group lesson. One recent add…View full post
Original post at http://robleetheology.blogspot.com/2013/06/record-and-landmark-article-june-14th.html I’ve heard an enormous amount of chatter lately about the so-called ‘moral decline of America.’ So many people of various religious persuasions are convinced that our nation is headed toward a state of immorality and decline. One example is the debate of Boy Scouting and gay scouts. A number of people …View full post
Pareng Jose,Nandito ako ngayon sa Cagayan de Oro para sa isang training. Wala akong napansin dito na mga paghahanda sa iyong kaarawan. Liban sa isang maliit na artikulo, wala nang ibang pagbanggit sa pahayagan tungkol sa iyong kaarawan. Sa loob ng 152 …View full post
Following my post yesterday I had a number of colleagues and friends contact me to see if I was OK… It was very welcome, and I was able to say that I was, indeed, the fact that I felt able to post what I did spoke of me feeling somewhat less vulnerable than I have done at times over recent years…
- Identify ways to exercise your particular skills and interests even if it is outside the official bounds of church – be that in a para-church organisation or, perhaps better, in a completely secular setting – you may find your abilities better appreciated, but also it may become an arena of mission. I used to do this a lot with my interests in drama, working in para-church settings like New Irish Arts and Commission Christian Radio, and a couple of self-starts with other like-minded friends, and in the secular world including at Queens University. However, in taking up my current post 9 years ago I began to scale back on these because of increasing local and connexional responsibilities… BAD call… not only has that led to me becoming de-skilled (on the age old principle of use it or lose it) but also a part of my spirit has, frankly withered within me. I’m going to be seeing if I can start to nurture some of those links again in the wake of my up-coming move…
- Join a group of like-minded people who share your interests who are working in different spheres to use as encouragers and sounding boards… In the arts there are a couple of initiatives on the go at present, the Faith and Arts Cluster Group facilitated by Contemporary Christianity, and Christian Creatives, a programme of New Irish Arts. I haven’t made it to either of these, but hope to do so under the new dispensation…
- Identify a group of friends/colleagues who can: a) encourage you when you are feeling low and alone and b) point out when you are being more of a rectum than you need to be. You don’t need flatterers, but rather those who will speak the truth in love. If the body was functioning properly you probably wouldn’t need to seek such a group out, but sadly the Body of Christ is not as healthy as it might be… We may all be part of the body, but it is the local one-on-one connections that will be the most important to us in helping us feel connected… The knee-bone being connected to the thigh bone etc. I am particularly grateful of the select band around me who act as my checks and balances, including those I bounced yesterday’s blog off before posting. Actual meeting in the flesh is good, and all the better if you can meet as a group, mutually accountable to each other, but in the absence of being able to do that, social media is a wonderful thing.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously… Neither your highs or lows are probably as extreme as you think… And God is with you in it all… Remember Tim Vine’s alternative Footprints story…
One night a man dreamed that he was walking along the beach with the LORD.And when he looked back at the footprints in the sand.He noticed that often there was only one set of footprints,and that was at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it:“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way.But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,there is only one set of footprints.Why when I needed you most did you leave me.”
The LORD replied:“My son, my precious child,When you saw only one set of footprints,
it was then that I thought it would be fun if we both hopped for a bit”.
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Jun 19 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — Both United Methodist bishops in North Carolina have signed a joint statement with Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic leaders urging the state legislature not to make drastic cuts in programs, such as Medicaid, that help the most vulnerable in society. United Methodist bishops Hope Morgan Ward, leader of the North Carolina [...]
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Jun 19 2013
The Illinois Great Rivers 2013 Annual Conference session completed a five-year journey through the five practices of fruitful congregations.
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Jun 19 2013
Unity was preserved and will be carried on.
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Jun 19 2013
The 11th South Germany Annual Conference gathered June 12-16 in Oberursel und Karlsruhe with Germany Episcopal Area Bishop Rosemarie Wenner presiding.
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Jun 19 2013
Theme: “Leaving Emmaus – With Burning Hearts”
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Jun 18 2013
Bishop Ken Carter Florida Episcopal Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. was elected in July of 2012 by the members of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church [...]
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