Bishops Minerva Carcaño and Julius Trimble will join other Christians on Feb. 17 in Washington to pray for an end to deportations. They expect to be arrested.
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Two United Methodist pastors in the Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference under complaint for officiating at same-sex unions in violation of church law will face not a trial but a 24-hour suspension without pay. That was the conclusion of the Rev. David Orendorff, appointed by Greater Northwest Area Bishop Grant Hagiya as the counsel for the church in the case — roughly the equivalent of a prosecutor.
Whether engaged in peace-building, social justice programs or interfaith dialogue, United Methodists around the world are increasingly open to those of other faith traditions. That’s the conclusion of bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines who responded to a questionnaire aimed at determining the extent of the church’s ecumenical and interreligious activities.
Kelly Martini recalls the late Lois M. Dauway as “a fascinating book of stories and lessons that taught me, a 20-something, to think bigger than myself. If you took my relationship and multiplied it by thousands, I’m sure you’d discover a small percent of people she touched. She moved among circles of United Methodist Women, denominational and ecumenical leaders, nongovernmental and political organizations, nonprofits and for-profits.”
Scars and hope emerging from Schaefer trial, struggle to resolve United Methodist same-sex wedding laws
The church trial of Frank Schaefer, who officiated at the wedding of his son to another man, started a whirlwind of controversy with consequences not only for Schaefer but also for members of the church he led, for his wife and children, for his United Methodist conference and for the denomination.
Kent Knappenberger, son and grandson of United Methodist pastors and a United Methodist himself, won the first Grammy for a music educator. “It meant everything,” said Mr. K, as his students call him, of the Methodist influence on his life.
” I began my search for an event that would integrate social justice, conversation, re-imagination and experimentation. I wanted to participate in an exchange of ideas and inspirations,” wrote Cassandra Lawrence, who explains she found that event at the annual Wild Goose Festival.
The $750,000 maternity building, funded through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad and the United Methodist Committee on Relief, has doubled the previous maternal bed space from 24 to 50 at Kissy United Methodist General Hospital (above) in eastern Freetown, Sierra Leone.