Be Encouraged: Notes and Thoughts from Bishop Trimble

Bishop Trimble invites Conference members to District Conversations on A Way Forward

Bishop Trimble invites Conference members to District Conversations on A Way Forward

District Conversations on a Way Forward: An invitation from Bishop Julius C. Trimble from Indiana Conference UMC on Vimeo. Beloved Community, Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ whose abundant love is always with us! As United Methodists, our mission, both collective and ...

We Can't Go Back, Let The Children Come

We Can't Go Back, Let The Children Come

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, and those of other faith traditions and beliefs: When our neighbor is in need, we are called to respond. As we continue to hear, see, and read the accounts shared, in recent days, of children harmed by the brutal act of separation at our country's ...

Noblesville: A Time for More than a Moment of Silence

Noblesville: A Time for More than a Moment of Silence

On Friday, May 25, violence, which has hit more schools than any of us can name across our nation, came to Indiana as a school shooting occurred at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Indiana. Again, we are called to prayer. We pray for the two individuals who were injured, a ...

Happy Birthday UMC: Celebrating Heritage Sunday and 50 years of United Methodism

Happy Birthday UMC: Celebrating Heritage Sunday and 50 years of United Methodism

Tomorrow is Heritage Sunday and our United Methodist Church was born 50 years ago. As many of you have seen, our Conference Committee on Archives and History has shared articles on how we came into being as one church and I am encouraging local churches to take time to celebrate the ...

We are not alone: A pastoral letter from Bishop Trimble

We are not alone: A pastoral letter from Bishop Trimble

Sisters and brothers in Christ,  There is hurt, here in our Church and around the world, over this decades-long debate about our differing understandings of sexual orientation in the context of the Bible and the inclusion of all God's children at the table. We have a long road to go, but ...

Why we are marching: A tribute to MLK

Why we are marching: A tribute to MLK

Tomorrow we will commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and remember that this day is also the 50th anniversary of his assassination, April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.  Dr. King’s preaching, teaching, and visionary leadership of compassion as a prophet ...

Easter: A Good Morning

Easter: A Good Morning

Over the past week and a half, I have had the great privilege to spend time with colleagues and emerging leaders from the halls of Africa University (AU) during the Spring 2018 Board of Trustees meeting. What a joy it has been to spend Holy Week in such a place that is filled with vibrant ...

Gone Home: A Tribute to Billy Graham

Gone Home: A Tribute to Billy Graham

As I was driving to my hotel on a recent trip to Nashville, Tennessee for Connectional meetings, a billboard caught my eye. The billboard read “Gone Home. 1918-2018” and included a picture of the Rev. Billy Graham. At age 99, Rev. Graham joined the great cloud of witnesses and entered into...

Bishop Trimble and other bishops react to Florida school shooting

Bishop Trimble and other bishops react to Florida school shooting

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  Ash Wednesday, a day in which we remember that “from dust we came and dust we shall return” brought forth an all-too-real reality of this statement as the tragedy unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As reported by Fox ...

The Lenten Journey

The Lenten Journey

As many of us received ashes to mark Ash Wednesday, February 14 began our season of Lent. A season marked in the Christian Church by 40 days, not counting Sundays, leading up to the celebration of Easter. Repentance, fasting, and prayer during the season of Lent help to prepare us for ...

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