June 12, 2016 | UMNS Florida Area Bishop Kenneth Carter Jr. is urging churches to share the message of God’s unconditional love after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. The early-morning massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub has left at least 50 dead and 53 injured. Long before the tragedy, Florida United Methodists had planned to meet June 1...

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I think that God’s call for us to be in unity with the Divine, in unity with each other, and in unity with all Creation is nothing less than a scandal — and a glorious one. Often times people think that being good is about not only behaving in ways that are not bad — but staying away from people with bad reputations. There is a gr...

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One of the most striking things about Jesus’s earthly ministry is the repeated theme of his pulling people together. This is the case as he calls his disciples. It is also the case when he appears as an honored guest in various homes, or when he preaches, or even when he feeds those who have gathered to be with him and hear his message. In th...

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Written by Kyle Bomar When I felt a call into ministry when I was 17 I had no idea what that would look like. For the last 11 years I’ve been continually converted more to God’s gracious “yes” to all of creation and my own heart. Saying yes to this calling has led me into ministry with the United Methodist Church, and it has been a joyful j...

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Written by Tura Foster Gillespie The first thing that comes to my mind when reflecting on my time at UMEIT/NWCU is the overwhelming feeling that I am not alone striving for Christian Unity. Being able to work with the OCUIR and being in the UMEIT workshop, I was reminded of the fact that ecumenism is indeed in our DNA as Methodists, witnessed in Jo...

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Introduction on United Methodist Ecumenism Written by Danyal Mohammadzadeh The ideas of tolerance that have been risen since 19th century gave birth to ecumenism in the modern world.1 However, “Ecumenical Relationships” is a new chapter that has been added recently to the 2012 Book of Discipline. In the current quadrennium, United Methodist ecu...

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Council of Bishops Announces Staff Reorganization May 27, 2016 (Washington, D.C.) — The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced today a plan to reorganize its staffing structure to better align with the Council’s mission and vision. The plan would more fully integrate the work of both the New York and Washington D.C. offices. Under the pl...

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The Chautauqua Institution has an exceptional opportunity for this summer. The need is for a summer Coordinator to serve for 9 weeks as part of a four-person team — specifically a female who can complete the team. The other three coordinators represent Judaism and Islam. The ideal candidate is either at the early stage of preparation for Christia...

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Being united with each other is complicated enough when we take into account that each person brings different experiences, thoughts, and perspectives on every aspect of life in Christ and with each other; but then there is the added dimension of groupings of people into different kinds of Christianity. Some people think in terms of big families of...

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