The 2018 Bishop's Lenten Study conversation was led by Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Dr. Adolf Hansen, Doris Clark, Dr. Kim Reisman, and moderator Skyler Nimmons. For more information on future conversations online and in your district, the full video, and more, visit inumc.org/lentenstudy.
They escorted Abraham Lincoln's body to his burial in Illinois. They served lemonade to guests at the White House in an age of temperance. They had roles in inaugurations and extended spiritual advice to presidents on justice issues, ranging from slavery to war. United Methodists have a long history of ties to U.S. presidencies.
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The first day of Life Together 2018 was impactful, spirit-led, and fruitful as clergy and clergy spouses congregated at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis. Rev. Magrey deVega kicked off the two-day event with an empowering learning session crafted to equip our clergy and clergy spouses on their personal faith walks, as well as mentor them into being, even more, fruitful and compassionate ministry leaders.
The day included facilitated small group sessions for the participants to gather and further discuss the shared content. Bishop Trimble closed out the day with a passionate sermon encompassing the need to stay “STOP” to the travesties that perpetuate in our society.
See photos from the event here: http://bit.ly/LifeTogetherFeb16
“You’re never as bad as you think you are. AND you’re never as good as others say you are.”
The 2018 Bishop's Lenten Study conversation was led by Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Dr. Adolf Hansen, Doris Clark, Dr. Kim Reisman, and moderator Skyler Nimmons. Participants modeled what it looks like to have conversations over hard topics in the context of Beloved community.
For more information on future conversations online and in person, the full studio version video, and more, please visit inumc.org/lentenstudy.
"As we enter into this season, I pray that we will find time to be kind to our minds, bodies, and souls, as well as discover or rediscover the blessing of silence."
In his recent message, Bishop Trimble reminds us to take time to reconnect with ourselves and that God is with us for "the long haul of our lives." Read the "The Lenten Journey," here: http://bit.ly/2o7rNk8
The 2018 Bishop's Lenten Study launched on the Indiana United Methodist Conference page via Facebook Live, with a moderated discussion by Conference Communications Director, Skyler E. Nimmons, including guest panelists; Bishop Julius C. Trimble, resident bishop of the Indiana Conference; Dr. Kimberly Lynn Reisman, Executive Director of World Methodist Evangelism; Bishop Michael Coyner (retired), former resident bishop of Indiana; Mrs. Doris Clark, Conference Lay Leader; and Dr. Adolf Hansen, Theologian-in-Residence at St. Luke’s UMC and author of “Is it Time?”
The 2018 Bishop's Lenten Study launched yesterday with a live-streamed dialogue with guest panelists: Bishop Julius C. Trimble, resident bishop; Dr. Kim Reisman; Executive Director World Methodist Evangelism; Doris Clark; Conference Lay Leader; Bishop Mike Coyner (retired), former resident bishop; Dr. Adolf Hanson, Theologian-In-Residence at St. Luke's United Methodist Church - Indianapolis and author of "Is it Time"; and moderated by Conference Communications Director Skyler... Nimmons.
Hansen’s book is being used as a guide and text to help shape the way we approach and navigate critical conversations in the Church.
The discussion led into a model for dialogue in which we can engage in fruitful conversation, allowing the time and space for each of us to expand our understanding while strengthening the covenant with God and one another.
Our first 2018 Lenten study conversation modeled respect and open dialogue reflective of our Christian Conferencing guidelines as the panelists shared thoughts and insights regarding the importance of the wide array of topics, thoughts for consideration, people, as well as challenges to remember in our dialogues around human sexuality and the Church.
Bishop Trimble spoke about the importance of the Lenten study and conversation with each other noting, “sometimes we would rather define people by what their position is as opposed to what our interests are.” He encouraged viewers to ask questions such as “what are you passionate about in ministry?” and “what makes your heart sing?” first. Knowing that, as we move into deeper and, at times, highly-debated discussions it is important that we first begin to listen and understand the person God is calling each individual to be so that when we engage our neighbors in deeper discussions, we can remain in relationship even when views may not agree.
In the wake of the school shooting in Florida, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has issued a statement of grief, mourning the victims of the shootings and called for prayers of repentance from the culture of death and cycle of violence.
Florida Area Resident Bishop Ken Carter, incoming president of the Council of Bishops, states:
"On this Ash Wednesday, our services announced the biblical imperative to "repent and believe the gospel." In light of today...'s shootings, we repent from our participation in a culture of death, we acknowledge the harm we do to others, and we claim the power of the cross that breaks the cycle of violence and retaliation. We also grieve with the communities of Parkland and Coral Springs, Florida, in the deaths of seventeen persons and the wounding of many others on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A number of surrounding United Methodist Churches have students at this school, and our connection will support their healing ministry in the days ahead."
PRESS RELEASE: For the Lenten Season that starts this Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the UMC bishops are asking Methodists to engage in spiritual disciplines that include praying, fasting and sharing their resources with others in their communities.
Read a new press release from the Council of Bishops and a Lenten message penned by Bishop Bruce Ough by clicking below.
African-Americans are a vital part of the tapestry of The United Methodist Church. They have played important roles in the development of the denomination in the United States since 1758.
Today Black Methodists for Church Renewal represents more than 2,400 black United Methodist congregations and approximately 500,000 African-American members in the United States.
Learn about the involvement of African-Americans in the Church by clicking below. #UMC
“One great reason why the rich in general have so little sympathy for the poor is because they so seldom visit them. Hence it is that one part of the world does not know what the other suffers.”
How are you and your congregation partnering with people and communities to challenge the systems and structures that obstruct the path to abundant life?
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry: United Methodist Students have an innovative class option this summer through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and its partners. During the Summer Sustainability Institute 2018, students will learn how to build sustainable communities at home from the best practices at Boston University and Green Mountain College.
Learn more about the new course and how to register by clicking the link below.
The theme for this year's Metro Ministries, Inc. Lenten breakfast is "Go forth: How transforming congregations can transform the world." The event will take place 8:00 a.m., Saturday, February 17, Schwitzer Student Center at the University of Indianapolis. Funds raised during the breakfast will go toward the mission of Metro Ministries - to connect resources to ministries and ministries to resources. The keynote speaker is Rev. Rodney Frieden, Senior Pastor at Indianapolis Epworth UMC. Registration ends February 12, so sign up now!