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New Degree Concentrations Available in Church Management, Social Innovation Starting

4/6/2017

From SMU Perkins School of Theology News Perkins School of Theology-Southern Methodist University announces two new degree concentrations – in partnership with SMU’s Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts – designed to strengthen future clergy in the area of church management and to equip those pursuing nontraditional forms of ...


United Methodist Church Certifies First Lay Parish Nurse

4/5/2017

KINGSPORT, Tenn. /Discipleship Ministries/ – After nearly two decades serving as a church nurse in Holston Annual Conference congregations, Joy Eastridge heard God’s call to take the next step in her ministry and is now the first certified lay minister with the specialization of United Methodist parish nurse. "I felt like it was an obedience issue,...


Judicial Council hearing scheduled for April 25

3/31/2017

The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church will conduct an oral hearing on April 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET in response to a request for a declaratory decision regarding the nomination, election, consecration, and/or assignment as bishop of a person who claims to be a "self-avowed practicing homosexual" or is a spouse in a same-sex marriage ...


United Methodists Create New Conference in Nigeria

3/31/2017

Photo by Richard Fidelis United Methodist Women offer songs during the March 19 inauguration of the new North East Nigeria Annual Conference. By Sharon Adamu Bambuka  | KARIM LAMIDO, Nigeria (UMNS) The United Methodist Church, Nigeria Episcopal Area, has inaugurated a new conference. The new North East Nigeria Annual Conference was celebrated ...


Jimmy Carr, ‘champion of deacons,’ dies at 72

3/30/2017

Photo courtesy of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. The Rev. Jimmy Carr was instrumental in creating the Order of Deacons. He also helped Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center better connect with its community. By Heather Hahn United Methodist News Service The Rev. Jimmy Carr dedicated his ministry to bridging The United ...


Churches, Ministries See Fear Over Immigration Policy

3/28/2017

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS La Trinidad United Methodist Church, founded in 1876, is a historic church in San Antonio, Texas, and in Hispanic Methodism. Though most members are Hispanic U.S. citizens, the church does see undocumented persons in worship and in its outreach ministries. By Sam Hodges | SAN ANTONIO (United Methodist News Service) The ...


Miss. Conference Well Represented at 25th Celebration of AU

3/27/2017

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS United Methodist Bishop James Swanson (right) and James Salley (center) accept a $1,000 gift for Africa University from Mabel Middleton (left, foreground) during the 25th anniversary celebration for the United Methodist school in Mutare, Zimbabwe. By Kathy L. Gilbert March 25, 2017 | MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) Hundreds ...


Appointment News: March 26

3/26/2017

Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. of the Mississippi Area and the cabinet announce the following fixed appointments: Brookhaven District Johnston Chapel—Greg Smith Natchez: Grace—Linda Fox Felder—Michael Evans Tylertown—Hongsik Yoo Brookhaven: Jackson Street—Skip Atchison Kokomo—Barry Dickerson East Jackson District Pearl: First—Jason Bird and Anna ...


Bishop Swanson to Speak at National Gathering of UMM

3/21/2017

One thousand men are expected to come together for worship, workshops, service projects and fellowship at the the National Gathering of United Methodist Men on July 7 and 8. Held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, the event will inspire attendees to embrace new possibilities for ministry and discipleship. “This is not ...


United Methodist Seminary Placed on Two-year Probation

3/20/2017

Photo by Heather Snodgrass, courtesy of Saint Paul School of Theology. The Rev. Neil Blair, president of the Saint Paul School of Theology, preaches at Opening Convocation on the campus in Leawood, Kansas. By Kathy L. Gilbert March 16, 2017 | UMNS Saint Paul School of Theology has been placed on probation by the Higher Learning Commission, one of...


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