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“How to Impress Your New Bishop”

Bishop Coyner interview on Transition from Indiana Conference UMC on Vimeo. Now that we know the assignment of the new bishop for Indiana (Bishop Julius Trimble), I have had some people ask me for the list which I shared at the “Our Life Together” retreat for clergy earlier this year ...

"And The Church Goes On"

Last week was a series of reminders about transitions, change, and life journeys. It was also a time of being reminded that the church goes on. God is faithful. We are blessed with the "continuity" of God's leadership, care, and direction. Here is what happened: four bishops were retired ...

“Another Day, Another Shooting”

It seems almost every day as I read, watch, or hear the morning news, there is news of another shooting. Some of those have been “mass shootings” in Orlando or other cities, some have been shootings here in Indianapolis, and some have been “officer-involved” shootings in cities where we ...

"Fickle Fans"

I was home last Wednesday waiting for some repairmen to arrive at our house, so I watched some of the celebration in Cleveland. They deserved a time to celebrate after all of those years of frustration. Finally, their beloved NBA team, the Cavaliers, had won a world championship and ended ...

"Don't Let Hatred Win"

In the aftermath of another mass shooting, we grieve with the people of Florida who have lost loved ones, and we pray for healing and hope in the midst of this tragedy.   We are always tempted to look for answers or for blame, and this shooting may turn out to be domestic terrorism, ...

"Wow!"

"Wow" is the only way I can describe my feelings after celebrating and presiding for my last Annual Conference. This one was special for so many reasons. Our theme of "Be. Hope." certainly resonated with everyone, including those powerful "Hope Talks" and the story by Adolf Hansen about ...

“See You at Conference”

As we move into the week of our 2016 Session of the Indiana Conference, I find myself saying to people, “See you at Conference.” Those words reflect my belief that our gathering is important on several levels. It is, as our new logo says, “a gathering of the United Methodist Churches of ...

"Incompatible"

As we celebrated Memorial Day weekend and (hopefully) stopped our festivities long enough to honor those who have died for our country, I found myself reflecting upon the phrase "incompatible with Christian teaching." Our UMC Social Principles uses that phrase in reference to two ...

"General Conference Was Not Just About Sex"

Despite what you may have heard or read or seen in the media, the 2016 General Conference was not all about sex, or human sexuality, or homosexuality. Those kinds of topics attract lots of media attention, some demonstrations, and an explosion of social media – but the recently-completed ...

"United Methodists Agree on Homosexuality"

As the General Conference begins to debate and adopt legislation related to homosexuality, some of which may be quite divisive, it may help to remember that we United Methodists agree on many aspects of this issue: We advocate for equal civil rights for homosexual persons. We were the ...

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