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Monday, Jan 28, 2019
January 24, 2019 Dear Friends in Christ in the North Central Jurisdiction,               We, the bishops of the North Central Jurisdiction, greet you in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit.  Together we all stand on the edge of the special called session of General Conference in St. Louis in February.  We are grateful that you have been praying with us in the months and days leading up to this significant gat... continue reading
Monday, Jan 28, 2019
Dallas, Texas: The General Conference Committee on Reference has determined that 78 petitions submitted for consideration by the 2019 General Conference are in harmony with the purpose of the special session to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. All those petitions must receive a vote in legislative committee, according to a 2016 provision in the Book of Discipline, and all those approved by legislative committee must receive a plenary vote. T... continue reading
Monday, Jan 28, 2019
A UMC.org feature by Andrew J. Schleicher* Holy Club. Bible Moths. Methodists. These are just a few of the names people called Charles and John Wesley and those gathered around them before anyone called their group a movement, let alone a church. Charles and John Wesley are considered founders of the Methodist movement that led to what is now The United Methodist Church. It all began around 1728 with a few men at Oxford University, where Charles was finishi... continue reading
Friday, Jan 25, 2019
“Build sustainable peace,” implored the Rev. Kenneth Mtata, the general secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. “We must never allow chaotic situations to prevail because all sources of evil thrive where there is chaos.” Mtata was speaking to local ecumenical fellowship leaders, including United Methodists, drawn from the 10 provinces of the country who attended a two-day workshop at Kentucky Hotel in Harare. Zimbabwe was engulfed in a three-day shutdown... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
Bishop Judith Craig, the third woman elected as a United Methodist bishop, brought a robust sense of humor and eloquent, inspiring preaching style to her pioneering role. She died Jan. 18 at 81 in Columbus, Ohio.  Craig was elected as bishop in 1984.  Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, who leads the West Ohio Area, said Craig had the perfect combination of skill and humor. “Bishop Craig was a faithful and gifted servant of Jesus Christ and the church. She was a... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
For 2019, several new All In Community efforts will encompass often overlooked criminal justice-involved populations: victims and families. "Our 2018 All In Community survey revealed that we have many more victims and families just within our own congregations than we first thought. Of the 487 congregations that responded, almost 90% indicated they had families with justice-involved loved ones and 40% were aware of victims within their faith community," says Re... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
From its earliest days, Methodist Theological School in Ohio has been a learning community infused with a commitment to social justice. In the fall of 2019, MTSO will offer a new professional master's degree that takes full advantage of the school's unique ethos: the Master of Arts in Social Justice. The two-year, 39-credit-hour MASJ degree program provides a core curriculum drawing from ethics, religion and public leadership. Students also will benefit from a... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
Discover your Weslyan heritage and learn to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit at the Methodist School of Supernatural Ministry Live, to be held April 3-6, 2019, at United Theological Seminary in Dayton. Sponsored by Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, topics will include The Supernatural History of Methodism, Growing in the Gifts of the Spirit, Developing Intimacy with God, and Being Baptized in the Spirit. Cost is $185 before March 1, after which the price i... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
The Liturgical Resources subgroup of the Hymnal Revision Committee seeks the submission of new materials for possible inclusion in the next United Methodist Hymnal. The collection of liturgical and music resources will be presented to the 2024 General Conference for approval. While all worship-related resources are welcome at any time, the Committee particularly invites the submission of resources for the following until June 30, 2019: Baptism Confirmation... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
Over the last several weeks you have been faithful in your prayers for our beloved bishop, Judith Craig. She passed away earlier today surrounded by her loving family and dear friends. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. Further information will be shared at a later date. Please keep her family in your prayers.