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Simpson named director of Indy United Methodist Metro Ministries

INDIANAPOLIS - Bishop Mike Coyner appointed the Rev. Dr. Douglas Simpson as the new Executive Director of the United Methodist Metro Ministries effective July 1. Coyner also announced that the Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn C. Roberts, former director of Metro Ministries, has become the Metro ...

South Indiana Conference adopts resolutions on Darfur, AIDS

The South Indiana Conference adopted resolutions that: Asked congregations to pray for the people of Darfur and for Sudan's government to administer in just and fair ways; and asked the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits to divest targeted funds in Sudan; Asked congregations ...

South Indiana Conference Awards

Laity Manuscript Award was won by Sue Forry of the Zionsville UMC. She delivered her message "One in the Ministry" saying the church needs to learn how to look for God in a culture that is not searching for God. Scouting. The Bishop's Award of Excellence went to Boy Scout Troup 119 and ...

South Indiana Conference Director Robert Sharp retires after 41 years

By Matthew Oates When the final amen was shouted at this year's South Indiana Annual Conference, it marked an end of an era in the life of Robert and Cynthia Sharp. Robert will retire July 1, most recently from his appointment as Conference Council on Ministries director. He takes pride in...

South Indiana delegates elected to General, Jurisdictional Conferences

General Conference lay delegates are Ike Williams of Indianapolis, Patricia Miller of Indianapolis, Rita Gaither-Gant of Indianapolis, Vickie Newkirk of New Palestine, John Lawson of Westchester, Ohio, David Crane of Newburgh. Clergy delegates to General Conference are Ann Glass of ...

Steps of faith

By Todd Outcalt Most pastors can attest that people in their congregations don't like change. This is evidenced every Sunday morning, as we witness the majority of people sitting in the same chair or pew location week after week. Most of us could take attendance with just a cursory glance ...

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 ...

What others said about Bishop Lawson

"Bishop David Lawson was my 'consecration bishop.' He retired the year I was elected a bishop in 1996; he preached for that Consecration Service; and he was the retiring bishop assigned to lay hands upon me for consecration as a bishop. Since that time, David has been a colleague, friend, ...

What's in the Bishop's bundle of books?

During each of the two Indiana annual conferences sessions, Bishop Mike Coyner asked the clergy of the Indiana Area to read and discuss these five books during the next conference year: The Gospel According to Starbucks: Living with a Grande Passion by Leonard Sweet, The Book of Hard ...

Who needs diversity training?

By Sharon A. White In the TV spots we see about The United Methodist Church, we hear a voice say "Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church." How "open" are we? In The South Indiana Conference, we have commissions, committees and boards that address ...

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