As the people of The United Methodist Church in Indiana, we are about relationships – our relation to more than 225,000 members, our relationship with universities, hospitals, senior resident centers, children’s homes and camp sites. Most importantly, we are in relationship to God through faith in Jesus Christ.

In this pre-conference issue of Together, we have many stories about relationships, beginning on page one with our church’s relationship with ministries of outreach and healing.

Three women of Seminary UMC in Roanoke, Ind., near Fort Wayne saw a need in their community to provide health care information and service to women in their community. They joined in with 22 other United Methodist congregations across the state in celebrating a weekend of community outreach called Change the World. All these congregations hope to grow in relationship with their communities, for the betterment of their communities.

You can read about the relationship that continues to grow between Clarian Health and the Indiana Conference. And another growing relationship between the church and the University of Indianapolis, which recently announced it will help host the 2012 Super Bowl.

This past month, 350 pastors and other clergy from across Indiana grew in their relationship with each other as they continue to answer God’s call to ordained ministry and the commitment they share in covenant with each other.

Hoosier United Methodists will soon come together for annual conference sessions in Muncie to renew relationships and make new commitments of service and outreach.

As volunteers in mission, our relations will continue to grow with the people of Haiti as we work together with them to rebuild their country in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake. 

This issue is filled with stories of our relationships with others. As you read, remember our relationship with others is built upon God’s relationship with us through Jesus Christ. Now we are God’s people in relationship with God and others (1 Peter 2:9-10). Welcome.

– Daniel R. Gangler