Bishop's Columns from Together

Called by God

The Season of Lent is fast approaching. The “Our Life Together” retreat for our clergy is from February 28 to March 1, where we will focus upon preparing our clergy to lead their congregations through Lent. Ash Wednesday is March 9, followed by the season of Lent, leading to Palm Sunday, ...

State of the Indiana Conference: Year One

In many ways it would be fair to say that we have just completed our first full year as the new Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. 2010 was our first year in the new district structure, our first year with a unified budget for the Indiana Conference, and it was our first ...

Making Christmas memories

This will be our family’s first Christmas after the death of my mother, so it may be rather bittersweet. Mother always loved Christmas and she and Dad always decorated the house thoroughly. We kids often joked that if one stood still too long, they might put Christmas lights on you. My ...

Being disciples to lead others to become disciples

By now most of us have learned that the mission of The United Methodist Church is: “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” That mission statement is biblical; it is in our Book of Discipline; it is the mission of our denomination; and it is the adopted ...

Comforted, not comfortable

Our Coyner family has been overwhelmed by the number of condolences, prayers and sympathy surrounding the death of my mother. We thank everyone for this outpouring of care and concern. Marsha and I have received literally hundreds of cards at our home and at my office, and my Dad and my ...

Congo says 'thank you'

“We were together from the beginning.” This is what I recently said to Bob and Teri Walters at their kitchen table (in Plainfield, Ind.). Before I was a bishop, I had the idea that we could provide bicycles for our pastors and other church leaders. I asked Bob to raise enough money for 200...

Multiplying our Mission Outreach across Indiana

During our second Indiana Annual Conference session, we once again sent forth more than 600 United Methodists to participate in a Saturday afternoon of Mission Outreach projects across Muncie. Once again, our people reported having a great experience, and once again, we United Methodists ...

What's in a name?

The news has been announced: Clarian Health is being renamed or “rebranded” as Indian University Health. What is in this name change? Several things: The merger of Methodist Hospital, IU Med Center, and Riley Children’s Hospital more than 12 years ago resulted in a new entity called “...

A call for civility

I don’t really understand the Healthcare Reform bill recently passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. It worries me more that so many congressional members, healthcare professionals and insurance companies also don’t understand it. I suspect it will take months and years to sort ...

Making the connection

I write in the afterglow of the March 6 Bishop’s Confirmation Rally held at First United Methodist Church in Noblesville, with nearly 600 confirmation youth and their adult leaders participating in this memorable event. It was a great day, and I was impressed with the energy, passion, ...

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