Together

January/February 2014

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Hoosiers active in ministries to homeless

Hoosiers active in ministries to homeless

INDIANAPOLIS – “I have never been in anything like this,” said Brandon Harris, Sr., 38. “I’ve worked my whole life and have never been in this situation before.” The “situation” Harris finds himself in is homeless. The single father of two boys, 11 and 12, became homeless when the ...

From the Bishop

What year is it?

Several years ago I attended a workshop led by Dr. Lyle Schaller, a leading church consultant. He was wearing a shirt with “What if next year is 1951?” written on the front. The back of his shirt answered, “Then my church will be ready.” His point, of course, was that too often the church ...

Conversations

A statement on HJR-3 from Indiana religious leaders

As leaders of Christian faith communities in Indiana, we share a common concern surrounding the proposed amendment to the state constitution of Indiana, HJR-3. The members and ministers of our congregations and our particular denominations have differing interpretations of marriage and yet...

Faith leaders encourage the expansion of health care coverage for low income Hoosiers -- close the coverage gap

Since the ruling of the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in June of 2012, roughly 400,000 Hoosiers have waited anxiously for the State of Indiana to decide whether they would gain access to health care coverage through Medicaid or a similar program targeted...

Hundreds gather in opposition to proposed marriage amendment to state constitution

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 300 advocates from a variety of faith-groups filled the sanctuary of North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis as they joined together in a candlelight prayer vigil Sunday afternoon, Jan. 12, in opposition to a proposed marriage amendment to the Indiana State ...

Indiana

Abingdon Women introduces The Christ-Centered Woman

  Reisman     NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Abingdon Press’ new women’s study line Abingdon Women has partnered with Bible teacher and seminary professor Kimberly Dunnam Reisman to create a new multi-component Bible study for women including print pieces and a DVD. Based on the biblical ...

AU Campaign moves closer to church commitments

INDIANAPOLIS – Under the theme “Keeping the Dream Alive,” more than 1,000 United Methodists from across Indiana shared in one of ten Africa University Campaign Rallies beginning at Columbia City UMC, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15 and ending at Methodist Temple UMC in Evanston, Sunday ...

Barnes considering next step to growth in FCJ process

INDIANAPOLIS – Barnes United Methodist Church, a predominately African-American church in Indianapolis, is considering whether to participate in step three in the Indiana Conference’s Fruitful Congregation Journey (FCJ)process for church growth. “God will do a new thing… do not remember ...

Girl Scouts bring Christmas cheer to wounded soldiers recovering in hospitals

EDINBURG, Ind. – When Girl Scout Troop 119 outside Edinburgh, Ind., heard about wounded Indiana National Guard troops recovering in hospitals away from their families, they decided to do something about it. “Brigadier General Brian Copes spoke at our school’s Veterans Day program about ...

Indiana Conference projects to spend $13.7 million in 2014

INDIANAPOLIS –The 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session was given a 2014 expense budget of $13,250,000 during the June meeting. However, due to conference action which added health care subsidies to retired pastors and their spouses, the budget was increased to $13,950,000 to compensate ...

Indianapolis Catholic Archbishop to speak at annual conference prayer breakfast

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced Jan. 9 that the Most Reverend Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, will be the speaker at the 2014 Indiana United Methodist Annual Conference Session Prayer Breakfast on Saturday morning, May 31, ...

Insurance for Volunteers In Mission now available through Brotherhood Mutual Insurance

Mission volunteers and the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries strongly urge that no UMVIM group or individual, regardless of the type of volunteer work they do, engage in any domestic or international mission volunteer work without securing accident and medical insurance coverage....

Sierra Leone United Methodist partners set 2014 goals for mission

Sierra Leone Partners, now known as Sierra Leone Health Partners and Sierra Leone Educational Partners, is sending 14 missioners to Sierra Leone during the months of January and February 2014. Here are the 2014 goals of these partners: Primary Education team: Evaluate the effectiveness of ...

UMCOR gives Indiana Conference $10,000 for tornado relief

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced earlier this past fall that the United Methodist Committee on Relief granted $10,000 in emergency relief to assist survivors of the tornados, which hit Indiana Sunday, Nov. 17. Hardest hit was the Kokomo area. The Indiana Conference ...

UMW conducts campaign to combat human trafficking

NEW YORK (UMW) – On February second, millions of fans in America will watch Super Bowl XLVIII, the largest sporting event in the United States. The Super Bowl will be held this year at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Big sporting or entertainment events are not proven to cause ...

Wallis, Slaughter, to headline 2014 Our Life Together Clergy Retreat

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners based in Washington, D.C., and the Rev. Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg Church (United Methodist) in Tipp City, Ohio, are scheduled to be the featured speakers at the 2014 Our Life Together Clergy Retreat, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 24-25, at ...

Focus

A brief history of clergy pensions

The discussion of Medicare supplement subsidies is part of the larger context of all benefits, as well as compensation packages, provided to our clergy. A brief history of those benefits follows, focused mainly on the pension plans that The United Methodist Church has offered. Throughout ...

A theology of gratefulness: one pastor's story

I am deeply appreciative to Hoosier United Methodists, who have cared exceptionally for Jan and me over the 30+ years of my service. I was a somewhat unusual animal in that I was called into ministry as a fifteen-year-old and never looked back. Jan also was somewhat unusual in having a ...

Blessings and covenants in The United Methodist Church in Indiana

The United Methodist Church of Indiana has had a long and storied history of caring for its pastors well. That genuine and compassionate care has been a blessing to generations of clergy who have given their lives to serving the church and who have not overlooked that goodwill. In fact, it...

Did you know?

The current Indiana Conference budget for our retiree health insurance subsidy is partially under-written by income from funds held within the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana. What was originally created generations ago as “The Worn-Out Preachers Fund” continues to care for retired ...

Introduction: The complexities of caring equitably

In order to appropriately discern how the Indiana Conference will continue to fulfill its covenant to care for clergy during their retired years, it is wise to step back for a broad view in order to determine whether or not our assumptions are accurate and whether or not our comparisons ...

Multiplying limited resources

Even as Jan and I decided to tithe our $12,600 income, we were putting 3 percent of that income into UMPIP for retirement. Within 3-4 years, we saw the potential in saving for the future, so began increasing the percentage invested to 5 percent, then 6 percent, then 7 percent, and ...

Questions for discerning subsidy breadth

Going forward as an Annual Conference, we are going to need to discern a balance between a variety of issues, which influence a decision on how we will administer and underwrite a Medicare supplement subsidy. That balance also includes resultant consequences of whatever decision is made. ...

The history of the Medicare supplement subsidy

As the former Indiana conferences were preparing to create the new Indiana Conference, the Imagine Indiana Design Team had provided the goal of creating something new, utilizing a blend of best practices of the two former conferences, creative visioning, and inspired discernment. Applying ...

Global and Missions

Hoosiers travel to Uganda to train pastors, other church leaders

Two Hoosier United Methodist pastors and one lay person spent a week in Uganda this past fall training United Methodist pastors and other church leaders. The Rev. Dewey Miller, pastor of the Argos United Methodist Church; Brad Beatty, Argos, choir director and Local Pastor Chad Yoder, ...

It takes guts to change lives

What do we want? We want our lives to have value, and purpose and significance. We want be part of something bigger than we are, something that has meaning, something that will make a difference. We want our church to help us with direction, and connection and conviction. But in my own ...

Viewpoints

Burning up

Some years ago, I recall hearing our former Indiana Bishop Woodie W. White say, “I never get tired of ministry, but I sure do get tired in it.” For most of us – whether lay or clergy, helper or leader – Bishop White’s words would ring true. Ministry at its best is energizing. We have all ...

Discipleship requires evangelism

Jesus summed up our job as disciples in two tasks: Love God and love neighbor. As Christians who live out our faith in the Wesleyan tradition, we are challenged to engage in this task throughout our lives, seeking to grow a little deeper in our love for God and neighbor each day. This ...

Practicing balance in life

I have recently begun a yoga class. This has been on my to-do list for a long time. A friend introduced me to a yoga studio that is just the right fit for me. The instructors are knowledgeable and helpful. They encourage me when I struggle in a pose and always remind me to keep breathing. ...

Chronicles

$1 million grant supports UIndy career incubator

INDIANAPOLIS (UIndy) – A $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., will boost the University of Indianapolis’ efforts to create stronger career and business opportunities for students and alumni through its new Professional Edge Center. United Methodist-related UIndy launched the center...

Lugar, Nunn to discuss WMD threats Feb. 25 at UIndy

INDIANAPOLIS (UIndy) – Former U.S. Senators Richard Lugar and Sam Nunn, authors of landmark legislation to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons, will appear together in a public conversation Feb. 25 at the United Methodist-related University of Indianapolis. The free event will begin at 7 ...

MTSO appoints Eberhart assistant professor of theology and ecology

COLUMBUS, Ohio (MTSO) – Methodist Theological School in Ohio has appointed Timothy Eberhart assistant professor of theology and ecology. Eberhart will serve MTSO and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., through a joint appointment, teaching classes on both campuses ...

Northern Illinois invites Indiana to Church Planters Bootcamp, April 2-4

CHICAGO, Ill. – Participants can save $100 on the 2014 Church Planters Bootcamp, Wednesday-Friday, April 2-4, in the Chicago Area. Indiana churches are invited by the Northern Illinois Conference to the 2014 Church Planters’ Bootcamp with Jim Griffith to be held April 2-4. Register now at ...

Operation Classroom leaders invite you to join them on Sierra Leone trip

VALPARAISO, Ind. – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner is going to Sierra Leone to be the keynote speaker at the Sierra Leone United Methodist Church’s Annual Conference session, being held Feb. 26 to March 2, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. And if you’ve ever thought about going to Africa,...

UMW joins Church Women United in annual Legislative Day at Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS – The United Methodist Women of Indiana and Church Women United will co-sponsor a Legislative/Social Advocacy Day, Thursday, Feb. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET beginning in the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda, 100 West Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. Speakers ...

United Theological Seminary announces return of Preaching Workshop, Feb. 7

DAYTON, Ohio – United Theological Seminary (United), of Dayton, announces the return of Preaching Lent and Holy Week: Dying and Rising with Christ on Feb. 7. This one-day workshop will focus on proclaiming the Gospel lessons that are the foundation of these Forty Days. Led by Dr. Richard ...