Bishop's Columns from Together

"Reasons to stay"

The two Indiana United Methodist Cabinets and I recently met at DePauw University for our annual Appointment Retreat. Our process begins by looking at the "move/stay" recommendations from every pastor and every Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. This leads to our "balance sheet" or "...

A prayer for the new president

In my Nov.-Dec. column for Together, written before the final results of the presidential election were known, I asked you to pray for our new President of the United States, no matter who that might be. Now as we prepare for the inauguration of President Barack Obama, I ask all United ...

Praying for the President

I am writing this column on Monday, November 3, 2008, so I do not know who will be elected as the new President of the United States. I have already voted by absentee ballot (yes, I did finally receive my ballot in the mail), but of course it would be inappropriate for me to share the name...

Now the work begins

The Special Session of the North and South Indiana Conferences to create the new Indiana Conference on the fourth of October was a great and memorable day in the history of United Methodism in Indiana. The day was filled with a sense of worship, celebration and a blessing by God's Spirit. ...

Caught in the Middle (West)

I have been reading a book which was given to me by Bishop John Hopkins. It is titled Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism by Richard C. Longworth*. It is not a fun book to read, because it deals with the decline of the Midwest here in America due to the ...

Making a difference … Making history

Four years ago when I was welcomed to the Indiana Area in a wonderful worship service, I shared that day in my message my hope that we United Methodists here in Indiana could "Make a Difference." I shared my hope that this making a difference would happen in three dimensions: Making ...

Staying focused

Our two conferences here in Indiana have approved the Imagine Indiana plan for us to become one new conference. We will have a Special Called Session of the two separate Conferences on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds to finalize the few amendments to the plan, to ...

The view from my seat

Now home from Fort Worth, Texas, I share with you what the 2008 General Conference looked like from my seat. As you may already know, we bishops sit up front at General Conference, take turns presiding and preaching, but do not speak otherwise or vote. Mostly, we watch the process and the ...

Time for cease-fire in the worship wars

It is time for a cease-fire in the so-called worship wars which have plagued many of our churches. What are those "worship wars?" They are the seemingly endless arguments about the best way to worship God. Some battles in those worship wars have dealt with differing styles of music, with ...

How we make decisions

General Conference is upcoming next month. With it will come lots of decisions about the future of our United Methodist Church. Our two Annual Conferences here in Indiana are upcoming, and those conferences will be making decisions about many issues including Imagine Indiana. The North ...

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