Showing posts from June, 2014

Why I am United Methodist - Susan Henry-Crowe

Church inspired crossing boundaries, reflecting critically, praying earnestly, thinking globally. 

Article originally posted on The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church on June 25, 2014. 

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of reflections on their own faith journeys written by members of the staff of the General Board of Church & Society. The photo is a compilation of items each person brought to a day-long retreat with the agency’s new general secretary last fall. Each item is a personal icon representing a staff member’s faith journey.

I come from a family that supported a young woman, my Aunt Della Wright, who in 1905 in her 20s was the second principal of the Colegio Metodista Americano in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Aunt Della lived her life in Brazil, Texas and on the margins of life.
The best Sunday School teacher in the whole world was a middle-aged, white businessman who inspired my love of thinking theologically. Mr. Buchanan had us as …

Connectional Table gathers feedback on the worldwide nature of the church

In an effort to foster ongoing dialogue about topics of interest to the broader church, The Connectional Table and the Commission on General Conference are inviting members to join them in conversation about the worldwide nature of the church.

“We are asking you, as members of The United Methodist Church, to join us in addressing the challenges we have before us that affect how we live out our Gospel mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” said Bishop Bruce Ough.

Adding that the issue of the global connection is more than just a conversation about structure, the Missional Collaboration Group on the Worldwide Nature of the Church, has launched a new website at with downloadable resources to facilitate discussion about the worldwide issues affecting our missional effectiveness as a worldwide church. The site highlights an introductory video (as shown below) and offers a link to a survey for feedback.

The website, wit…