Bishop's Columns from Together

Practicing our faith

I am excited about our second session of the new Indiana Annual Conference, which will be held June 10-13 at Ball State University in Muncie. Our very first, historic session in 2009 was great and many people reported it was “the best annual conference I ever attended.” But it also had its...

Working the plan for the new Indiana Conference

The plan is working and the new Indiana Conference is becoming more and more of a reality. The new Conference Center is up and running with several new staff and several staff from the previous offices in Marion, Bloomington and Indianapolis. The new combined 2010 budget has begun based ...

Rejuvenating our clergy, our congregations

We are being reminded we are a people who have been abundantly blessed...   Perhaps you have heard the name “Rejuvenate” and have wondered, “What is that?” It is the name of our new special project to help Indiana clergy with their economic stress, so that they can be empowered to ...

Moving and moving on

The moving boxes have arrived, our staff is sorting through files and materials, and we are busy preparing to move the Indiana Area Office to the new Indiana Conference Center. The Office of the Bishop and other Area Staff has been located since the early 1960s in the Interchurch Center on...

Ready, Set, Grow

As we shape the new Indiana Conference in the coming months and years, I am hopeful that we can move into a theme of “Ready, Set, Grow!” Much effort is going into getting this new conference “ready,” including: Electing a Leadership Table and new set of officers and committees, Forming ...

A 'John Wesley' annual conference session

At the 1980 General Conference* of The United Methodist Church, which was my first to attend as an elected clergy delegate, the Indiana Area hosted a special musical presentation written by local artist and titled, “Where’s John Wesley When We Need Him Now?” The humorous title song ...

Establishing new traditions

When I was appointed to Good Shepherd UMC in Fort Wayne in 1984, that congregation was still a new church (not yet 20 years old), and the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee told me that one of the things they wanted from their new pastor was help in "establishing new traditions." They ...

Going green at the new Indiana Annual Conference

Going green at the new Indiana Annual Conference

We're "going green" at our first session of the new Indiana Annual Conference. That's "green" in the sense of growing some new traditions, and "green" in the sense of ecology and stewardship. I recently attended a very enthusiastic meeting of the Sessions Committee, which is the group ...

Could this be our finest hour?

Could this be our finest hour?

I recently was unable to sleep, so I got up and found the movie "Apollo 13" on TV. I watched part of it. You probably remember that powerful film with Tom Hanks about the explosion on the Apollo 13 space flight that was intended to land on the moon. Instead, the movie and the real-life ...

The Fifth Gospel - land of the Bible

I write as I prepare to leave for a Holy Land trip to Israel. This trip is for the newly-ordained clergy of Indiana, their families and friends, and many other pilgrims who are choosing to make this journey with me. I invite your prayers for a safe and meaningful trip. I am indebted to ...

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