Prayer Breakfast on Saturday to feature Senator Lugar

All Hoosier United Methodists and guests are invited to the Indiana Conference and Community Prayer Breakfast Saturday, June 8 from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol at Georgia Street, downtown Indianapolis. Following the theme of the 2013 Annual Conference, “Be a World Changer,” the prayer breakfast will focus on how changing the world begins with prayer. Bishop Mike Coyner will welcome former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar as the keynote speaker. Lugar will speak about how we, as Indiana United Methodists, can be in prayer for the world. We will pray for the needs of our communities, state, nation and world that through our prayers and actions we may change the world. Register for the Indiana Conference and Community Prayer Breakfast when you register for the Annual Conference session. If you are a guest of the Annual Conference and wish to attend this breakfast, you may register online as a guest and then make your reservation for the Prayer Breakfast. Registration is available here. For more information, contact Pastor Matt Landry at

Biography of Senator Richard G. Lugar

Former U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar is an unwavering advocate of U.S. leadership in the world, strong national security, free-trade and economic growth. This fifth generation Hoosier United Methodist was the U.S. Senate’s most senior Republican and longest serving Member of Congress in Indiana history. Before leaving office in January, he was the Republican leader of the Foreign Relations Committee and a member and former chairman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976 and won a sixth term in 2006 with 87 percent of the vote, his fourth consecutive victory by a two-thirds majority.

Lugar graduated first in his class at both Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He attended Pembroke College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, studying politics, philosophy and economics. He later volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1957, ultimately serving as an intelligence briefer for Admiral Arleigh Burke, Chief of Naval Operations.

Lugar manages his family’s 604-acre Marion County corn, soybean and tree farm. Before entering public life, he helped manage the family’s food machinery manufacturing business in Indianapolis with his brother Tom.

As the two-term mayor of Indianapolis (1968-75), he envisioned the unification of the city and surrounding Marion County into one government. Unigov, as Mayor Lugar’s plan was called, set the city on a path of uninterrupted economic growth.

Richard Lugar and his wife, Charlene, were married in 1956, and have four sons and 13 grandchildren.