A New Resource Available to Aid the Discussion of Sexuality in the Church

Faithful and Inclusive: The Bible, Sexuality, and The United Methodist Church, a DVD video resource released this past fall, is now available at Cokesbury. This resource has sold over 900 copies nationally. Many pastors and laity have expressed a desire for resources to help their congregation learn about and discuss the current issue of sexuality […]

2019 United Methodist Creation Care Summit Wrap Up

NASHVILLE, TN – Taking place July 11-14 at the Scarritt Bennett Center campus, 250 participants from congregations, annual conferences, agencies, and other organizations gathered eager to find ways to take better care of God’s creation. Attendee’s discussed ways they can facilitate the healing of our planet, strategized how to build a strong movement for creation […]

Historical Marker Honors Rev. Bill Barnes

Nashville, July 17, 2019:  Mayor David Briley and members of the Nashville Metro Council joined friends and family of Rev. Bill Barnes for the unveiling of a historical marker honoring the work and memory of Rev. Barnes. Rev. Barnes was well known for his activism and work in Nashville helping those marginalized by race, social […]

24 Hours To Protect Health Care

24 Hours To Protect Health Care We need you to call your member of Congress to let them know the American Health Care Bill creates more problems than it solves. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your congressperson’s office. Or, find your member of Congress here and call their local […]

Refusing to Be Comforted: A Methodist Response to Violence

with Bishop Sally Dyck and Bishop Bill McAlilly February 25, 2017 8:00 am to 12:30 pm St. John’s United Methodist Church 1207 Peabody Ave., Memphis, TN St. John’s UMC, in collaboration with the Methodist House of Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary, invite you for a time of prayerful discernment, discussion, idea sharing, and witness making […]

Bishop’s Blog | Living in a hurting world: Offering prayers for refugees

Over the last few days there has been a great deal of discussion regarding the executive order banning refugees from seven countries. Within this context, many of our fellow churches are requesting ways they can offer sanctuary to immigrants within our communities. I know this issue is complex, and I believe we, as the church, and as United Methodists, […]

McKendree UMC Leads Collaborative Discussion on Mass Incarceration and Race

McKendree United Methodist Church gathered a collaborative group of area churches and ministries to host a viewing and discussion of the documentary 13th: From Slave to Criminal in One Amendment. The event was held at the United Methodist Publishing House and was designed to facilitate conversations of faith and justice and inspire actions of restorative justice in our community.

Call for TVA Energy Efficiency Programs for Lower Income Households

Dear Colleagues in Ministry, I’m writing to ask if you would sign the “Interfaith Energy Justice Letter” from Tennessee faith leaders to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  This campaign is being organized by the Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light. The letter asks TVA to significantly step up its programs to help low-income households become more […]

Relationships Leading to Change: Local Conversations on Race, Inequality, and Justice | Thursday, April 28

This one-day session, led by Rev. F. Willis Johnson of Wellspring UMC in Ferguson, MO and the Center for Social Empowerment and Justice, is designed for pastors and other church leaders to engage purposeful discussion about what it means to do ministry in these times, and to lead toward God’s promise of hope for all. […]