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May/June 2015 Together

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From the Bishop

'Middle Methodists'

Bishop Mike Coyner
There is a lot of talk these days from the “right” and the “left” about how our United Methodist Church is likely to split over issues like same-gender marriage and homosexuality. Some groups have actually issued statements threatening to leave, others have called for “amicable separation....

Indiana

$5M gift will transform liberal arts at UIndy

College of Arts & Sciences to be named for philanthropist, late husband A $5 million endowment from local civic leader and philanthropist, Yvonne Shaheen, will fuel innovation in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Indianapolis, creating a pivotal opportunity to cultivate ...

Bishop Coyner honored as Purdue distinguished alumnus

Bishop Coyner honored as Purdue distinguished alumnus

Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts honored five distinguished alumni Friday (April 17) during its 2015 annual awards banquet. Recipients of the 2014 distinguished alumni award are Bishop Michael Coyner, Kathy Nimmer, Todd Putman, Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Major General Erika ...

Building bridges with soccer, dance

Building bridges with soccer, dance

By Sherri Sweet Abigail and a dance student finish last minute details prior to the community recital. The Edinburgh United Methodist Church offered free community soccer lessons for six Saturdays this year. Through this community service, more than 15 children ranging from four to six ...

Called to Fruitfulness

Called to Fruitfulness

Indiana Leadership Development The Called to Fruitfulness Initiative launched in April 2015 for Elders and Deacons to celebrate their five-year anniversary interval of Full Connection in The United Methodist Church. Called to Fruitfulness’ purpose is the Indiana Conference Leadership ...

Colfax honors Wagner’s service, missions

Colfax honors Wagner’s service, missions

By Donald Batz Colfax UMC recognized, Sunday, April 12, their Pastor Emeritus and his wife, the Rev. Joe and Carolyn Wagner, with a plaque in their honor on the large stone in the church’s Garden of Memories that surround their building. Rev. Wagner served the Colfax Church for sixteen ...

Indiana Conference presents $1 million to Africa University

Indiana Conference presents $1 million to Africa University

By Skyler Nimmons and Vicki Brown MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) – The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church presented $1 million for an endowed chair of agriculture and natural resources for Africa University, continuing a long conference tradition of major support for the United ...

Leadership belongs to all

By Megan Fetter Associate Director of Leadership Development – Laity All people have the potential to be leaders, no matter if that leadership means hosting a small group, organizing the kitchen or filling the pulpit on Sunday. Our United Methodist Laity have a wonderful opportunity to use...

Metzler, Leffler tapped as new Leadership Development staff

Metzler Leffler Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright, Director of Leadership Development, is pleased to announce two staffing updates in the area of Ministerial Services for the Office of Leadership Development. Mr. Ed Metzler will serve as the new Administrator of Leadership Development – ...

My new ‘home’ in Africa

Matt Landry

My new ‘home’ in Africa

By Matt Landry I remember a few years ago listening to this amazing choir from a place called Africa University at Annual Conference. Certainly I had heard a lot about the institution during conference gatherings, but to hear the choir in person was a powerful experience. Little did I know...

Global and Missions

My Africa: tour of exploration, learning

My Africa: tour of exploration, learning

I was excited! Another chance to go to Africa! Sure, it’s a vast continent but I’d only ever been to Tanzania. So, the Bishop’s Leadership Academy and another chance to visit Africa again made me excited to say, “yes!” Then, I realized: I have no expectations. I don’t know what we’ll be “...

The Church That Indiana Built?

The Church That Indiana Built?

A New Methodist Church for Roatan By Bonnie J. Meyer I was introduced to the island of Roatan, Honduras, in 2006 while on a mission trip with Hearts In Motion (www.heartsinmotion.org). HIM is an organization based out of Munster, Indiana that does mostly medical mission work in Central ...

University Evansville students visit Mission Guatemala

University Evansville students visit Mission Guatemala

By Kim McAfee Mission Guatemala was once again excited to welcome a group of students and faculty from the University of Evansville here to Guatemala in March 2015. The group made the trip as part of a multi-disciplinary program offered by the University that combines students and faculty ...

Viewpoints

A time to celebrate

A time to celebrate

By Mary Ann Moman We have been blessed in the Indiana Conference to have received a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., to establish Rejuvenate Ministry. By the end of this year, we will have raised $3,000,000 to match the Lilly grant. To date, we have disbursed $4,501,332 in grants. These ...

Did You Know

Did You Know

By Michael Warner Clergy Care Services Director In a popular TV commercial, Samuel L. Jackson asks, “what’s in your wallet?” Perhaps a more fruitful question for those who serve the Indiana Conference is, “what’s in your toolkit?”… a toolkit for self-care and care of colleagues. One great ...

My thoughts on the day RFRA was signed in Indiana

My thoughts on the day RFRA was signed in Indiana

By Beth Ann Cook Tuesday, March 26, was my church newsletter deadline. It was also the day that the internet exploded over Indiana’s passage of SB101, which is also known as RFRA (The Religious Freedom Restoration Act). I wrote this piece for my church members but decided to share it with ...

Should a pastor know what church members give?

Should a pastor know what church members give?

By Ann A. Michel Every time I teach a stewardship workshop or class, this question invariably comes up: “Should a pastor have access to contribution records?” In some congregations, pastors are prohibited from knowing what people contribute. In others, pastors choose to shield themselves ...

Welcome to My Worlds

Some months ago, while I was having coffee with another pastor, I was surprised to learn that he had grown up in Guatemala (his parents were missionaries). I also discovered that his wife was a lawyer and his son had recently made the decision to forgo college and hike through Europe. In ...

Chronicles

Educational Opportunities trips planned for 2016

Special ordinand offer for Holy Land Trip Any Elder or Deacon who was ordained by Bishop Coyner and has not previously traveled to the Holy Land with Educational Opportunities (EO) is eligible for a special trip pricing for the February 2-11, 2016, trip. This is a special farewell trip ...

Peace with Justice has positive impacts in Indiana

Peace with Justice has positive impacts in Indiana

As Peace with Justice Sunday, May 31, approaches the Indiana Conference Social Advocacy Team is pleased to celebrate the recipients of the 2014 Peace with Justice grants. A total of $5,000 in grants was awarded to ministries working for justice and reconciliation this year from generous ...