Bishop's Columns from Together

'Sharing Our Story: New Faith Communities'

After celebrating our 2015 Session of the Indiana Conference with our theme of “Share Your Story,” I realized that we have not done well in sharing the story of the new faith communities we are planting as United Methodists here in Indiana. So I asked our Church Development team for a ...

'Fairness for All'

Editor’s note: This column was written by Bishop Michael Coyner in response to the Supreme Court decision on Marriage Equality Ruling of June 26, 2015. Today the Supreme Court of the United States of America has determined that marriage as a legal contract between two persons is available...

'Middle Methodists'

There is a lot of talk these days from the “right” and the “left” about how our United Methodist Church is likely to split over issues like same-gender marriage and homosexuality. Some groups have actually issued statements threatening to leave, others have called for “amicable separation....

What’s Your Story?”

The theme for our 2015 Session of our Indiana Conference will be “Share Your Story.” As we gather on May 28-30, we will engage in worship, elect delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences, set a budget for 2016, celebrate the ministry of clergy who are retiring, celebrate...

‘New Year and a Half Resolutions’

‘New Year and a Half Resolutions’

As the calendar flips to the year 2015, I realize that my tenure as your bishop is moving quickly toward my retirement at the end of August in 2016. So rather than thinking of New Year’s Resolutions, I find myself thinking of what I resolve to be and do for the next year and a half. Here ...

“The Crisis of Abundance”

“The Crisis of Abundance”

About seven centuries before Jesus, the Israelites under King Josiah were remodeling and refurbishing the Temple in Jerusalem. Workers overturned one of the stones in the floor of the Temple and found an ancient scroll - which scholars believe was the lost book of Deuteronomy. Excitedly ...

I Believe in the Word of God

One of the affirmations of faith in our United Methodist Book of Worship (#884 in our Hymnal) is “A Statement of Faith of the Korean Methodist Church.” It contains this important affirmation: We believe in the Word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments as the sufficient rule both ...

What unites us

Many people and caucus groups in our United Methodist Church these days are talking about words like “schism” and “amicable separation” and other ways of dividing our denomination. Why? Because, we have deep differences over issues like human sexuality, the authority and interpretation of ...

Let Your Light Shine

I write these words in the context of also preparing for the funeral service for my father, Jake Coyner, who died on April 24th about a month after he reached the age of 90. One of my strong memories of Dad is how much he loved his church and how much he wanted the lights in the church ...

Springing Forth

In the midst of a long, gray, cold, snowy winter, it is good to think about spring and about the upcoming events in the Indiana Conference. I am especially eager for our Annual Conference Session this year, which comes in late May, and which will include some powerful presentations and ...

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