Be Encouraged: Notes and Thoughts from Bishop Trimble

Prayer, Hope, and Unity

Prayer, Hope, and Unity

As we continue to process these past several weeks in our United Methodist Church, we each have asked the question: “What next?”  Members, leaders, clergy, and bishops across the Connection waited patiently throughout the days as the Judicial Council debated how to best move forward. In ...

A statement on the Judicial Council ruling

A statement on the Judicial Council ruling

Brothers and Sisters,  The United Methodist Judicial Council ruled on Friday, April 28 that the consecration of a gay bishop violates church law. The ruling also stated that Bishop Karen Oliveto “remains in good standing,” until an administrative or judicial process is completed. I, along ...

An Invitation to Prayer and Statement on the April 2017 Judicial Council Meeting

An Invitation to Prayer and Statement on the April 2017 Judicial Council Meeting

To Clergy and Laity of the Indiana Conference, Greetings to you in the name of our Risen Savior Jesus Christ. I claim all the joy, today and every day, to be unapologetically Christian and unashamedly United Methodist. We are Easter People who have been called to be hope and demonstrate ...

We Are Easter People

We Are Easter People

We Are Easter People   Water washed and Spirit born. Fragile and favored all together, Creatures not Creator, Clay vessels full of hope, We Are Easter People.   We know the story and still weep. We hear the question and pause in prayer. Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone? From Gary to ...

Fasting Without Excuses

Fasting Without Excuses

Procrastination has been defined as disobedience in slow motion. I laughed when I first heard a pastor friend illuminate our disobedience to God in a sermon. Since hearing this poignant description of putting off what we know to be the right path, I approach the season of Lent differently....

Make a world of difference: 2017 Indiana Miracle Offering for Global Health

Make a world of difference: 2017 Indiana Miracle Offering for Global Health

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  As we continue to prepare ourselves for the 9th Session of the Indiana Annual Conference, guided by our conference theme of "Together: We. Are. More,” we are reminded that together we can do all that God has called us to in and throughout the state of Indiana,...

Is it well with your soul?

Is it well with your soul?

Be encouraged. In a recent visit with a confirmation class at Castleton UMC, I was reminded how the church is an instrument of God’s grace and a place for discipleship growth. When we meet in groups including 7th and 8th graders, we can see glory sightings of discipleship incubators. When ...

Taking Jesus Seriously

Taking Jesus Seriously

When we read of the ministry of Jesus in the Bible, we are reminded that every encounter with Jesus resulted in changed lives. Listening, learning, healing, following, forgiving, sharing, and calling those who would become followers to bring others to a new way of living. When calling ...

Where Have All the Prophets Gone?

Where Have All the Prophets Gone?

To preach biblically is to preach prophetically. Loving God and following Jesus who calls us to love our neighbor is a reminder for me that no flag of any country flies higher than the cross. “Learn to do right! Encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case ...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May 2017 bring you joy during the journey. In conversation with a sister of mine, I was reminded of the important work I have to do in 2017. She reminded me that OUR MOST IMPORTANT WORK is the work we do on and with ourselves, "inside work." In the winter months Tim, the handyman, doing ...

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