Updates

Bishop: Beyond Prayer

I do not want to do anything but sit in my anger. Another mass shooting, and my anger overshadows my grief. Professionals would probably say that my anger is just a stage of my grief.  Why can’t we have Super Bowl victory or holiday parades without casualties...

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INUMC Receives Grant From IU Health

The Episcopal Office, Children Matter Most, and Diversity, Missions, and Justice Ministries are excited to share that the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church has received a grant from Indiana University Health in the amount of $150,000. This award...

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Bishop: I Believe

Twenty years ago, I wrote the following in the Pastors Corner of the monthly newsletter for Aldersgate UMC in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, where I served as senior pastor at the time.  I believe in the goodness in humanity. I believe that God never stops loving...

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Ending Gun Violence is Our Prayer

Gun Violence is strain and drain on society as a whole; however, the trauma and devastation happens in communities where we live and call home. There has been yet another mass shooting in our country, even in our home state. Muncie, Indiana, has been added to the list...

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COSROW Leadership Transition

For the last four years, Rev. Crystal Jacobson has served as the Chair of the Indiana Conference COSROW. During her time in leadership, the group helped get General COSROW resources into the hands of Indiana women, resumed monitoring inclusion at Annual Conference,...

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Plan Now to Celebrate World Communion Sunday, October 1

Holy Communion joins us in Christian unity. This sacrament invites us to focus on the holiness of communion with God and one another. On World Communion Sunday, United Methodists, in conjunction with other denominations and believers worldwide, participate in...

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Invitation for Pastors: Personal Spiritual Retreats

Created 7/9/2018, Updated 1/26/2023 As a ministry we understand that pastors need time away in order to refresh. We want to be the place of choice for pastors to find a place to refresh, renew, and reconnect with God.  We hope to see you soon. ...

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Annual Conference 2023 Summary

Read below to hear all about what happened at Annual Conference 2023! Annual Conference Summary 2023 Praying Forward: No Turning Back Thursday, June 8, 2023   Opening Worship Resident bishop of the Indiana Conference Julius C. Trimble presented his episcopal...

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Tornado Response

It has been less than a year since tornados and strong thunderstorms swept across Indiana, leaving behind loss and devastation. On Thursday, March 14, fellow Hoosiers once again experienced disaster. We join together in prayer for those in Randolph, Delaware,...

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MLK Day of Service Impact

On January 15, 2024, more than 700 Hoosier United Methodists joined with Americorps to live out Dr. King’s dream of building beloved community.  The Indiana Conference offered nine church host sites where people could serve. Additionally, there were two educational...

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Bishop: A Christian Response to Antisemitism

As a Christian leader, I bear a profound obligation and responsibility to oppose antisemitism whenever and wherever it occurs. As an African American United States citizen, I refuse to be ambiguous or approach this commitment to stand against violence and hatred...

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Remembering to Say Thanks

“When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” As they left, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he had been healed, returned and praised God with a loud voice. He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. He was a...

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Current UMCOR Efforts

UMCOR and its partners are responding to disasters across the globe every day. Please join us in prayer for the affected areas and consider giving to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response to support these efforts. Click here to read more about their current efforts and how you...

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UMCOR Issues Solidarity Grant

The United Methodist Committee on Relief has approved a $10,000 solidarity grant for The United Methodist Churches in Indiana to support initial relief efforts for the damage caused by 10 tornadoes and other storms that swept across Indiana on Friday, March 31. Our...

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Tornado Response

Storm response efforts began quickly after tornados and strong thunderstorms swept across Indiana, leaving behind loss and devastation. Our prayers surround our fellow Hoosiers, including those who reside and serve in seven of our districts: West, Central, Southwest,...

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Special Session of Annual Conference

A Special Session of the Indiana Annual Conference was held digitally on Saturday, November 19, 2022. The sole purpose of this session was to vote on churches wishing to disaffiliate from the denomination. Bishop Julius C. Trimble opened the session with words of...

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Rejoice! #BeUMC

"Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray." -Proverbs 22:6 (NRSV) What is the difference between a Christian and a United Methodist? Are all United Methodists Christians? These—and related questions—were raised as I met with hundreds of...

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Bishop responds to shooting at Greenwood Park Mall

I was working on a report about the Church’s response to gun violence as I watched the news conference regarding the shooting at the Greenwood Park Mall in Indianapolis.   It is as though we are stuck in a lingering lament. A nightmare where the innocent die in a...

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Annual Conference: Yes, There’s an App for That!

Annual Conference: there's an app for that! This year, we are utilizing an app called Yapp to host our own materials, schedule, and to provide a mobile-friendly experience for Annual Conference.  Here are some key features that will help you navigate Annual...

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General Conference Volunteer Feature: Ezechiel Habwawihe

In January, Rev. Ezechiel Habwawihe, pastor at Morgantown UMC, received an unexpected email from Donald Reasoner, inquiring about his interest in interpreting for the 2020 Postponed General Conference. "I have never worked with Reasoner before, nor have I ever...

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General Conference Volunteer Feature: Amy Cox

Amy Cox, Director of Music and Fun at South Bend Clay UMC, attended the 2016 General Conference in Portland as an observer. “I ended up pulling out my guitar for an impromptu performance at a restaurant for the Virginia delegation,” she recalled. This year, at the...

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General Conference Volunteer Feature: Eve Mugambi

This week, thousands of United Methodists from across the globe are attending and volunteering at General Conference. Among the attendees is Rev. Dr. Eve Mugambi, pastor at St. Luke’s UMC (Indianapolis), who is generously volunteering her gifts as a language...

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General Conference Volunteer Feature: Matt Wolf

Matt Wolf serves as the Associate Director of Information Technology and Data Management at INUMC and is a respected board member of the United Methodist Information Technology Association (UMITA). When Matt received the invitation to volunteer on the tech team at...

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Shaping Peace: An Artistic Call for Change 

The Gun Violence Response Task force of the United Methodist Churches of Indiana invites artists of all ages to participate in Shaping Peace: An Artistic Call for Change. This will be a multi-media art exhibit during Annual Conference. We seek 2D and 3D entries in any...

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NCJ Special Called Session

The North Central Jurisdictional Conference’s Special Called Session was held on January 23, 2024. Bishop Frank Beard presided. After a Call to Order and prayer, they made a motion: The Voting Bar of this Special Called session will be those duly elected delegates on...

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Civil Rights Tour: Love in Action

Collaborative Reflection: Lan Davis Wilson (Associate Director of Diversity, Mission, and Justice) and Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright (Dean of the Cabinet) As the Indiana Annual Conference began its work around Diversity, Mission, and Justice, around three years ago, Bishop...

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From the Superintendent: January 2024

God has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. God has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet humanity cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what...

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District Committee on Ministry

The District Committee on Ministry (dCOM) certifies candidates for ministry and recommends pastors for licensing in their district. CENTRAL Rev. Dr. Aleze Fullbright, Conference Superintendent (CS) aleze.fulbright@inumc.org Elizabeth Gilbert, dCOM Chair...

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Advent Curriculum

Advent is almost upon us! Click here to find advent curriculum created just for you, all free to use in your churches and communities.

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Veteran Q&A: Rev. Dirk Caldwell

Tell us your title and where you currently serve. I serve as the Senior Pastor at Darlington UMC in the West District, Associate District Superintendent for the West District, and as the Deputy District 9 Chaplain for the USCG Ninth District. When were you drafted or...

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Veteran Q&A: Rev. Dr. Kent Lundy

Tell us your title and where you currently serve. Wing Chaplain, 181st Intelligence Wing, IN Air National Guard, Terre Haute. I am an Elder serving in Extension Ministry. When were you drafted or when did you enlist? Neither. I took the oath of office on December 2,...

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Magyar, Patricia

Date of Move: 10/18/2023From: Associate Pastor, Indianapolis St. Luke's District:To: DiscontinuedDistrict:

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Elder Reflects on Time with the U.S. Senate

Photo Credit: YouTube On September 27, Rev. Dr. Kent Lundy, elder serving in extension ministries as the Wing Chaplain of the 181st Intelligence Wing, served as a guest chaplain for the U.S. Senate and was asked to offer a prayer before the 10:00 a.m. session. Kent...

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Hebard, Jay

Date of Move: 7/31/2023From: Senior Pastor, Oolitic UMC and Bedford Wesley Chapel UMCDistrict: SouthTo: Senior Pastor, Bedford Wesley Chapel UMCDistrict: South

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Bishop: Bear Each Other’s Burdens

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. May we, as United Methodists, do all we can every month—and in all the ways we can—to prevent suicide.  Mental health is physical health. As pastor and author Rev. Sarah Griffith...

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Boy Scout Lawsuits and Settlement Update

The Boy Scout lawsuits and subsequent settlement have been approved by the courts. The Indiana Conference remains committed as a Conference to moving forward with our scouting ministry and our scouting ministry connection while supporting those who were harmed in...

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September Newsletter: From the Superintendent

Dear Friends, I pray this letter finds you well and blessed. God has placed a passage of scripture on my heart lately and I continue to pray about what it means. The passage is Joshua 1:1-9 (some of you will know this has been on my heart).  This is the passage just...

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INUMC Disability Awareness Sunday 2023

This content is purposed for INUMC Disability Awareness Sunday on September 10, 2023. However if your church isn’t able to observe it that Sunday, we encourage you to set aside a Disability Awareness Sunday and utilize the following: At the time of the last United...

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Traveling with Bishop and First Lady Trimble

Friends, I pray this note finds you well and blessed.  We are writing to let you know the bishop’s Holy Land tour in December of this year has been cancelled, but there is still an opportunity to travel with Bishop and First Lady Trimble.  If you would be interested...

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An, Sungyong

Date of Move: 7/1/2023From: Senior Pastor, Korean UMC District: Southeast To: District:

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Haun, Ronald

Date of Move: 12/1/2023From: Senior Pastor, Maple Hill UMC District: CentralTo: Retired District:

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Lee, Wonwoo

Date of Move: 7/1/2023From:District:To: Senior Pastor, Korean UMCDistrict: Southeast

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Scott, Bethany

Date of Move: 8/1/2023From: Associate Pastor, Bloomington First UMC District: SoutheastTo: District:

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Black, Lowell

Date of Move: 1/1/2024From: Deacon, Chesterton Fire Dept. and Valparaiso First UMCDistrict: NorthTo: Retired District:

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Stidham, John

Date of Move: 8/1/2023From: Senior Pastor, Washington Pleasant Hill UMCDistrict: Southwest To: District:

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Traveling with Bishop and First Lady

Bishop Trimble and First Lady's Holy Land tour in December of this year has been cancelled, but there is still an opportunity to travel with them. If you would be interested in traveling with Bishop and First Lady in 2024, please complete the form below. Bishop and...

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Roberts, William (Bill)

Date of Move: 7/1/2020 From: Senior Pastor, Hayden UMC and Dupont UMC District: Southeast To: Senior Pastor, Holton UMC and Osgood UMC District: Southeast

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Recent Judicial Council Rulings

At Annual Conference 2022, two resolutions were passed by the Indiana Conference that were submitted to Judicial Council for a “rule of law” decision. They recently ruled on these resolutions. The first was a review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the...

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New Associate Lay Leader

We are pleased to announce that Shannon Priddy will serve as Associate Conference Lay Leader for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church effective immediately. “Shannon brings much to the laity leadership team in terms of both her professional and...

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Jeffery Postell: Systemic Issues are Spiritual Issues 

Rev. Jeffery Postell, pastor at Scott UMC, does a lot of the things that senior pastors typically do– preaching, sermon writing, looking at the budget, organizing programming and volunteers, looking out for those who are sick or struggling and may need extra...

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January 2023 Newsletter

A Call to Responsibility and Transformation One of my favorite passages in the Bible I often draw strength from is chapters 31-34 of Deuteronomy, known as the Song of Moses. In these chapters, I find his words take wings and soar into a song of the integrity of God’s...

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A Call to Prayer and Action regarding Gun Violence

"If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 Our land needs healing. Violence and the...

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Cultivate Joy Curriculum Packet

Cultivate Joy! Curriculum Resources: Sermon series outline and beyond the sanctuary implementation suggestions for all ages Slides for use in worship Bulletin inserts Announcement slides

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DMJ Book Study: Our Hearts Were Strangely Lukewarm

Diversity, Missions, and Justice will host a month-long book study of Our Hearts Were Strangely Lukewarm in February 2023. The study will be held on Tuesdays in February at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. It will include a panel discussion and then have Q&A. Click here to...

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Christian Unity in Central District   

Conference Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright, aleze.fulbright@inumc.org Conference Christian Unity Coordinator: Rev. Dan Gangler dan.gangler@inumc.org  District Christian Unity Coordinator: Rev. Joshua Lemons, josh.lemons@inumc.org ECUMENICAL ORGANIZATIONS...

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DMJ Resources for Advent

There are a lot of people who are hurting in our world for many reasons, including the injustice they are experiencing. While we are aware of many current events from the news, there are a lot of stories that continue to be untold and people who remain unheard.  When...

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Ministry with the Poor Matching Grant

Matching grants up to $2,000 are available to help create new ministries or enhance current ministries with economically disadvantaged families and individuals. In order to be considered for a matching grant, churches must address one or more of the following areas:...

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The Power of Connection

“I need you, you need me We're all a part of God's body Stand with me, agree with me We're all a part of God's body It is God’s will that every need be supplied You are important to me, I need you to survive You are important to me, I need you to survive” I Need You...

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Dinner Church

When people hear the word “church,” they often think of pews and 75-minute services designed with a certain feeling of coming, receiving and going, all in quick succession.  But what if church looked differently? A small band of INUMC leaders is dreaming of...

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2023 Becky Lynn Archives Grants

To honor the memory of Rebecca Lynn Stowe Bosley, her parents, Richard and Eleanor Stowe, have established a one-time series of small grants to Indiana United Methodist churches for initiating or strengthening their programs of history through the purchase of archival...

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North Central Jurisdictional Conference Highlights

Wednesday's Wrap-Up: Bishops' elections and the work of the Mission Council By Rev. Cindy Gregorson “This is the sound of dry bones rattling. Open the grave, I’m coming out. I’m gonna live, gonna live again!” The delegates of the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional...

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INUMC Pastor Selected to Pray at NASCAR Cup Series Race

The engines will be roaring at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the weekend of July 30–31, 2022, for the NASCAR Cup Series Race. Rev. Kent Lundy, UMC elder serving in extension ministry as Wing Chaplain to the 181st Intelligence Wing (IN Air...

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