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Life together retreat invitation from Bishop Coyner

I am glad to invite all United Methodist clergy in the Indiana Area to come together for a special two-day "Our Life Together" retreat on April 14-15 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th Street in Indianapolis. This will be our first experience of being together as North and ...

A fresh start in a new year

The New Year always seems to bring a fresh start. We make New Year's resolutions (reports say more than 80 percent of all American adults make such resolutions); we write on a fresh calendar; we make plans; and we focus on the future. While there is nothing magical about the flip of the ...

Calling all United Methodist clergy in Indiana

I invite all United Methodist clergy in Indiana to come and share in an "Our Life Together" retreat on Monday and Tuesday, April 14-15, 2008. We have been sharing in "Our Life Together" days in the North and South conferences separately these past three years. This will be our first event ...

Church is not a spectator sport

I love the fall football season. I like watching football on TV, listening to games on the car radio while I drive, and even going to a few games in person. I also watch Sports Center, I listen to ESPN sporting news, I read sports Web sites, and I enjoy talking football with other fans. ...

We are coming together

Two things seem to be happening at the same time here in Indiana. First, the Imagine Indiana Design Team is working on an Implementation Plan to bring to the North and South Indiana Conferences in 2008 for a vote on the details of creating a new, unified Indiana Conference in 2009. This ...

Thanks for Imagining Indiana

The Indiana annual conferences have spoken, and they have approved moving another step forward in the "Imagine Indiana" process by significant votes of approval - 78 percent in North and 67 percent in South. My only worry about the Imagine Indiana process this year was that one conference ...

Memories and dreams

In his provocative book, The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman says: "When a group has more memories than dreams, it has no future." Memories are a good thing. Memories help us to know where we have been. Memories teach us the lessons of the past. Memories are a gift of God through which the ...

Living as Easter people

The holy season of Easter - the great 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday - calls us to live as Easter people. By contrast, sometimes we settle for just being "church people." There is really quite a difference between those two lifestyles. Easter people base their faith on ...

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