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Methodist, Evangelical, and United Brethren churches have been organized in a wide variety of conferences in the state of Indiana. The most recent history leading to the formation of the North Indiana and South Indiana Conferences of the United Methodist Church in 1968 involved the merger ...

Background

Since the early days of the 1800s, predecessors of The United Methodist Church have been found throughout Indiana. From the Michigan border to the Ohio River and everywhere in between, Brethren, Evangelicals, and Methodists founded churches in nearly every community. Institutions that ...

Bishop Mike Coyner's response

Commenting on the United Methodist Council of Bishop's meeting in South Carolina, Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner says, "The whole Council affirmed the presentation by Bishop Huie, and we all have a sense that our United Methodist Church is recovering some of its sense of being a movement of ...

Bishops' president calls for new church movement

By Linda Green SRINGMAID BEACH, S.C. (UMNS) - The president of the bishops of The United Methodist Church is calling on the denomination to reclaim its heritage as a Christian movement. Bishop Janice Riggle Huie told her colleagues on the Council of Bishops that the church "must be led ...

Blackwell will be missed during South Indiana Conference session

By Daniel R. Gangler One person that will be greatly missed behind the scene at the South Indiana Annual Conference session will be Sandra Blackwell, the former administrative assistant to Council Director Robert Sharp, who played an essential role during the session. Blackwell has served ...

Bloomington District asks help to assist Poplar Grove pastor recover from fire

Jonie Nester, a pastor serving Poplar Grove UMC in Morgan County, recently lost her home to fire. To assist her, Bloomington District Superintendent Bob Ostermeier issued a plea for all Bloomington District churches to donate $100. The plea was taken a step further with the churches and ...

Both Indiana annual conferences to vote on unity proposal

Both Indiana North and Indiana South Annual Conferences share the same session theme "Imagine Indiana." According to conference session planners, this theme acknowledges the work of both North and South Indiana Annual Conferences, as both conferences continue to discuss and pray about the ...

Church campaign sends phone cards to soldiers

By Kathy Gilbert UMNS A United Methodist church more than 7,000 miles from the Middle East has shortened the distance for U.S. soldiers there to call home and speak with loved ones in the United States. St. Timothy on the North Shore United Methodist Church of Mandeville, La., collected ...

Church needs to confront health problem of teen smoking

By Cyndi Alte A recent survey of pastors in 80 denominations indicates that Congregational Health Ministry is not only a viable ministry; it is a significant life-changing ministry in congregations which host them. Acording to Dr. Ana Maria Catanzaro, chief researcher of the study, "...

College Connection, Wesley Foundation find hurricane relief still needed along Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina

By Sarah Jay Lewis "Give us, Señor, a little sun, a little happiness, and some work. Give us a heart to comfort those in pain. Gives us the ability to be good, strong, wise and free. So that we may be as generous with others As we are with ourselves. Finally, Señor, let us all live as your...

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