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March/April 2015 Together

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OLT keynoter shares importance of awareness, stillness and playfulness

Dan Gangler

OLT keynoter shares importance of awareness, stillness and playfulness

Story and photos by Dan Gangler INDIANAPOLIS – More than 330 United Methodist clergy from across Indiana heard featured speaker, the Rev. Dr. Kirk Byron Jones, address the issues of awareness, stillness and playfulness during a Feb. 24-25 retreat held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church ...

From the Bishop

What’s Your Story?”

Bishop Mike Coyner
The theme for our 2015 Session of our Indiana Conference will be “Share Your Story.” As we gather on May 28-30, we will engage in worship, elect delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences, set a budget for 2016, celebrate the ministry of clergy who are retiring, celebrate...

Letters to the Editor

“Let’s Not Give Up Hope” – A Response to Jack Clark

As we anticipate the election of laity and clergy for the 2016 General Conference, United Methodists in Indiana are wondering what is going to happen when we gather for the 2015 session of Annual Conference. Jack Clark’s letter to the editor (January/February issue of HUM) voices a ...

Response to letter written by Jack Clark in the January/February issue of Together

When we select our Indiana delegates to the 2016 General Conference, let us prayerfully choose delegates who are so brimming with love for the world that they work diligently to feed the hungry (especially those with Operation Classroom connections, stricken with the devastation of Ebola)....

Annual Conference

Nominations for the 2016 Denman Awards

Nominations for the 2016 Denman Awards

The Indiana Annual Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for outstanding personal evangelism ministry of United Methodist clergy, laity and youth. The Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplifies helping others ...

Annual Conference 2015: Share Your Story

Skyler Nimmons

Annual Conference 2015: Share Your Story

  Harvey   Howard   Wyatt INDIANAPOLIS – This year, annual conference attendees will have be equipped to tell their stories and share their individual faith relationship with God and one another as they do the work of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church ...

Sermon contest opened to laity

Sermon contest opened to laity

The Indiana Conference’s Lay Leadership Team offers an opportunity to express thanks and praise to God by asking laity to submit an original sermon manuscript for judging. This contest is open to all lay people in the Indiana Conference. Following the theme of Indiana’s 2015 Annual ...

Indiana

Academy of Preachers connects in Q&A with Adam Hamilton

Academy of Preachers connects in Q&A with Adam Hamilton

  Hamilton The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church has an active chapter of The Academy of Preachers, which meets periodically throughout the year via online meetings to foster conversations around serving in ministry. As the group has formed, there have been ...

Clouse named Director of Church Development

Clouse named Director of Church Development

INDIANAPOLIS – Bishop Michael J. Coyner of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church announces the appointment of the Rev. Steven P. Clouse of Lafayette, Ind., as the Director of Church Development beginning July 1, 2015, upon the appointment of the Rev. David K. Neckers as ...

Crumbaugh tapped to lead Pine Creek Camp

Crumbaugh tapped to lead Pine Creek Camp

Impact 2818, the outdoor ministry of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church is proud to welcome Grant Crumbaugh to Pine Creek Camp as the new Camp Manager. He brings incredible organizational skills and a strong value for people, which will create powerful opportunities to ...

Did you know

By R. Michael Warner Clergy Care Services Director According to the Barna Group, ten years ago roughly 10% of Americans described themselves as lonely. Today, research suggests that number has increased to nearly 1 in 5 or 20% of our population. With the increased demands and complexity of...

Holy Land trip with Bishop Mike scheduled for February 2016

Holy Land trip with Bishop Mike scheduled for February 2016

Join Bishop Mike as he leads his final Holy Land trip with the Indiana Area. The starting cost is $3,198 from Indianapolis and $3,098 from Chicago. Experience your bible passages taking on new meaning as you: worship on the Sea of Galilee, walk the streets of the Old City, pray in the ...

Indiana churches invited to prepare for Encourage The Call

Indiana churches invited to prepare for Encourage The Call

Take a moment to remember the first moment someone noticed that you were called to something that you might not have initially understood. That person or group of people may have been the reason you now have a passion for ministry and mission. As you journey down memory lane, think about ...

Lay leadership: Getting back to Methodism in Indiana

By Ed Metzler   Fulbright   Clark   Fetter A new emphasis in the Indiana Conference is reaching back to Methodism’s roots to discover, develop and deploy fruitful lay leaders in Indiana. “The laity carried John Wesley’s vision – they did the work, they owned the work,” said...

Upcoming events for Indiana United Methodist Women

Spiritual Growth Retreat, April 17-18 United Methodist Women will hold the second Spiritual Growth Retreat April 17-18 at Don Hall’s Guesthouse in Fort Wayne. Pastor Corinne Boruff-Stucker’s theme, “Be Still and Know,” is based on Psalms 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” The ...

What children can do for us

What children can do for us

Story and photo by Dan Gangler INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner shared what children can do for us during opening worship at the Our Life Together clergy retreat Feb. 23 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Coyner opened with comments about the Small World ride ...

National

Annual Conference Lay Leaders visit BWC

Annual Conference Lay Leaders visit BWC

By Erik Alsgaard Nearly 80 annual conference lay leaders from around The United Methodist Church gathered in Baltimore Feb. 19-22, taking the opportunity to learn a little about our church’s past, while looking at ways to shape the future. Baltimore-Washington Conference Lay Leader Delores...

Mission agency deeply interested in improving U.S.-Cuba relations

By Elliott Wright New York, NY – The moves toward more open doors between the United States and Cuba, including relaxed rules on visits, are in keeping with United Methodist positions. While they will no doubt improve interaction between U.S. and Cuban Christians in the future, they are ...

Global

Church body proposes more open stance on homosexuality

Church body proposes more open stance on homosexuality

By Heather Hahn (UMNS) The United Methodist Church could have openly gay clergy and clergy could officiate at same-sex marriages if a proposal affirmed by a denomination-wide leadership body prevails. The Connectional Table plans to draft legislation that members hope can be “a third way” ...

Leadercast

Leadercast

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Global and Missions

TransforMission Youth Mission Camp returns to Butler University this July

TransforMission Youth Mission Camp returns to Butler University this July

TransforMission, set for July 19-25, is a week-long camp-style mission experience designed to help middle and high school youth connect with God and each other, while serving alongside some of the best mission agencies in the ,Indianapolis area. This life-changing mission experience ...

Viewpoints

From Ashes to Alleluias: Ash Wednesday 2015

By Mary Ann Moman As I write this I am watching a sudden snow shower. Just five minutes ago the sun was shining. Even as the snow is falling I can see blue sky and a faint glimmer of the sun’s rays. The snow ended as quickly as it began and the sun is shining again. Later today I will ...

Spring Cleaning

By Todd Outcalt Many households continue the centuries-old tradition of spring cleaning. This ritual commonly involves a mandatory enlistment of the entire family in divesting closets of old clothes, washing walls, sweeping floors, vacuuming carpets, beating rugs, and otherwise opening the...

Chronicles

Getting to know ‘the other Jesus’

Dan Gangler

Getting to know ‘the other Jesus’

By Dan Gangler INDIANAPOLIS – What most of us know about Jesus the Christ of Nazareth, we know from the four Gospels of the New Testament Scriptures. However, according to Biblical scholarship, there is much ancient literature about Jesus in non-canonical Christian texts, as well as sacred...

How to submit a story to The Hoosier United Methodists Together

How to submit a story to The Hoosier United Methodists Together

We, at the The Hoosier United Methodist Together, are always looking for news stories. We rely on our readers to alert us to potential news. If you have a story idea, check it against the following questions. If it still seems appropriate, contact Editor Skyler Nimmons at 317-924-1321 ...