As Hoosier United Methodists begin fall, I feel as if we are in an in between time. So far this year, we have:

  • Encountered severe devastating storms in March, which left many places in southern Indiana in ruin;
  • Experienced an annual conference session in a new setting with a new-style agenda;
  • Learned more about our world and missions at the School of Christian Mission;
  • Volunteered to work on numerous mission projects during the summer; and
  • Welcomed back Bishop Mike Coyner for a third term as Resident Bishop of Indiana, to mention a few unique events which have left a mark on 2012.

Now, the Indiana Conference begins to follow up on these and other events in the life of the conference as we move forward.

In this issue of your Hoosier United Methodists Together, you will find stories and information about the new relationship between the Indiana Conference and Habitat for Humanity of Indiana’s “Raise the Roof over Southern Indiana Blitz Build 2012” with detailed volunteer information about participating in the build.

Together introduces Bishop Coyner’s latest book, The Andrew Paradigm: How to be a Lead Follower of Jesus. It’s a timely book coming just at the beginning of Coyner’s third and final term as Bishop of Indiana.

 Bishop Coyner asks us the important question, “Are you Making ROOM?” and gives examples of how congregations are making progress on Making ROOM, the theme of this year’s annual conference session in Indianapolis.

Readers also will meet the latest four Lilly Endowment clergy renewal grant recipients and learn what they are going to do on their leave.

Read the story of the Purdue University Wesley Foundation’s mission trip to Africa University in Zimbabwe earlier this year. African University will be featured during the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference session in Indianapolis June 6-8.

Andy Kinsey, Indiana Conference Wesleyan Theologian asks the question “To what end do we serve?” part of an ongoing commentary based on Wesleyan thought.

Read two mission stories from West Africa – one is about Indiana volunteers building libraries in Sierra Leone and the other about the Ganta Mission Station in Liberia.

Kent Millard shares his wisdom about gratitude and generosity and Todd Outcalt’s offering to this issue’s Body, Mind and Spirit column.

All this and more are yours as we ready ourselves for a new quadrennium in the life of The United Methodist Church.

Daniel R. Gangler