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Commission on a Way Forward sketches new ideas to present to bishops

Commission on a Way Forward sketches new ideas to present to bishops

9/21/2017
The Commission on a Way Forward is sketching possibilities for The United Methodist Church’s future that it will present to the denomination’s bishops in November. Commission members, meeting in Berlin, expressed a need for church unity while acknowledging different theological perspectives around homosexuality, according to a press release. As with its previous meetings, the group’s fifth gathering on Sept. 18-20 was open only to members, the three bishop moderators and invited guests. The ...

Bucket drive surpasses goal, brings stories of community

Bucket drive surpasses goal, brings stories of community

9/19/2017
Boise, Idaho-based truck driver David Rivera said he hasn’t seen anything like it in his nine years on the road. “It’s a little different,” Rivera said as he saw his semi packed with UMCOR flood buckets on Sept. 15, outside the Great Plains Conference office in Wichita. “This’ll definitely be something I’ll remember. It’s a neat idea, and I’m glad you guys are doing it.” Earlier in the day, Rivera had stopped at the Topeka office to pick up cleaning buckets. Meanwhile at the Wichita office, ...

Kansas pastor serves on Africa Task Force

Kansas pastor serves on Africa Task Force

9/19/2017
A Kansas pastor is contributing to the future of the United Methodist Church in Africa as part of a task force. The Rev. Amy Lippoldt helps lead worship during one session of the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. Lippoldt currently serves Basehor United Methodist Church and also is assisting with the Africa Task Force. Photo courtesy United Methodist News Service The Rev. Amy Lippoldt, pastor of Basehor United Methodist Church, is secretary of the Comprehensive Africa Task Force, ...

Advent outreach resources available for local churches

Advent outreach resources available for local churches

9/18/2017
New resources that support local church Advent outreach efforts are now available. The resources carry the theme, “Unwrap the true meaning of Christmas,” and complement The United Methodist Church’s national Advent advertising campaign, which will feature children sharing about their faith and what Christmas means to them. “These tools will support United Methodists as they reach out to their communities with a message of hope and invitation during the holiday season,” said Jennifer Rodia, ...

'Dreamer' pastor 'heartbroken' and 'outraged'

'Dreamer' pastor 'heartbroken' and 'outraged'

9/13/2017
The Rev. Orlando Gallardo says he is “heartbroken” and “outraged” that President Donald Trump has called for the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that has kept himself and approximately 800,000 foreign-born residents in the United States. Gallardo, associate pastor of Trinity Community Church, a United Methodist congregation in Kansas City, Kansas, calls the action “shameful." But the 34-year-old said the Sept. 5 announcement did not take him by surprise. “I ...

Vandals damage cross, roof at Lawrence Native American church

Vandals damage cross, roof at Lawrence Native American church

9/9/2017
An act of vandalism has stunned the congregation at Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church in Kansas. A cross lays on the ground after a vandal or vandals cut it from the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church building. Photo courtesy Joel Hernandez Either late Sept. 6 or very early Sept. 7, someone used a bench outside the building to climb onto the church’s roof and sawed off the church’s cross-and-flame logo. As the wooden cross with a metallic United Methodist flame attached plummeted ...

Bishop issues statement on DACA program

Bishop issues statement on DACA program

9/5/2017
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. issued the following statement this morning in preparation for an announcement by the Donald Trump administration regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He also co-signed a letter with other faith leaders and elected officials from across the country, as well as Justice for Our Neighbors, to show support for people who are being productive residents of the United States who came to the country illegally at such a young age that they had no say...

Letter from elected officials and faith leaders regarding DACA

Letter from elected officials and faith leaders regarding DACA

9/4/2017
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. joined elected officials, faith leaders and Justice for Our Neighbors in signing the following letter to be presented to federal officials as they drew near a decision on continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.     We, the undersigned governors, statewide constitutional officers, mayors, state legislators, local elected officials, law enforcement professionals, and faith and civic leaders are united in declaring that we are with Dreamers ...

Elders for the Earth to meet Oct. 1-4

Elders for the Earth to meet Oct. 1-4

8/29/2017
Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water.  Don't sit this one out.  Do something.  Carl Sagan   Elders for the Earth is a multi-day interdisciplinary gathering geared for folks 50 years old and over who want to learn more about and do something about a changing climate. This Chautauqua-like event is being held at beautiful Mahoney State Park near Ashland, Nebraska, Sunday, Oct. 1- 4. Come when you can, leave when you must..   ...

Help those in Harvey’s path with cleaning buckets

Help those in Harvey’s path with cleaning buckets

8/28/2017
Here is the latest in disaster response efforts from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, from Great Plains Conference disaster response coordinator, the Rev. Hollie Tapley:   A sample of the flood damage in Houston. Photo from Texas Annual Conference. UMCOR Sager Brown Depot Director Amy Fuselier has requested that the Great Plains Conference provide as many Cleaning Kits (Buckets) as possible. Please check umcor.org for a list of items and packing instructions. All kits – ONLY ...

Great Plains hosting SCJ Mission Academy, Sept. 10-13

Great Plains hosting SCJ Mission Academy, Sept. 10-13

8/28/2017
It started as the Disaster Academy, an annual training session for those in the South Central Jurisdiction on what to do in case of emergencies. But in the past two years, it’s grown become to the Mission Academy, broadening its scope on how United Methodists in the eight-state jurisdiction can help in expanded roles. The Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska, is host for the South Central Jurisdictional Mission Academy. “It includes all those elements of disaster training and education that...

Impromptu Stand for Love rally gathers 250 at a Newton UMC

Impromptu Stand for Love rally gathers 250 at a Newton UMC

8/24/2017
All it took was an idea – and a Facebook invitation.  The results were about 250 people gathering in front of the Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton, Kansas, on Aug. 16 -- five days after a violent racial attack in Charlottesville, Virginia – for the first Stand For Love Newton, a rally and celebration of peace.  “We came up with the idea Sunday,” said the Rev. Donna Voteau, Trinity Heights pastor. “Two of the youth and one of the youth workers from our 11:11 (contemporary ...

Summit Youth Academy deepens faith, broadens perspectives

Summit Youth Academy deepens faith, broadens perspectives

8/23/2017
For seven days at the end of July, 36 rising high school juniors and seniors from Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and as far away as Mexico attended the Summit Youth Academy on the campus on Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.   Rev. Molly Just leads discussion at Summit Youth Academy. Contributed photo. The Summit, which was designed by the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship and others at the college, focused on helping young people hear God through practicing spiritual ...

Epworth Village leaders meet to discuss future

Epworth Village leaders meet to discuss future

8/21/2017
Through the years Epworth Village in York, Nebraska, has modified, changed and otherwise reinvented itself to meet the needs of the day — the ultimate startup in today’s terms. In fact, we could speak in terms of iterations. What will be the next iteration of Epworth Village? Epworth Village was founded as Mother’s Jewels Home in 1889 by the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Women’s Society determined that opening this home would be an effective way to ...

FCC auctions force changes in church sound

FCC auctions force changes in church sound

8/16/2017
Tony Hillhouse is left almost speechless. “It’s a tragedy,” said Hillhouse, audio-video and internet technology director and praise band leader at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Lincoln. He and other sound technicians across the country are learning that any equipment they have purchased that is in the 600 megahertz range will soon be illegal, as the Federal Communications Commission has sold that frequency for cellphone use. At St. Mark’s, all-new sound equipment was purchased when the ...

Bishop Saenz urges United Methodists to stand against racism

Bishop Saenz urges United Methodists to stand against racism

8/15/2017
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. issued the following statement Aug. 15, 2017, regarding the acts of racism the nation witnessed last weekend from Charlottesville, Virginia.

Haysville UMC celebrates sanctuary renovation

Haysville UMC celebrates sanctuary renovation

8/9/2017
With the flip of a switch, Haysville United Methodist Church was introduced to its new sanctuary on Aug. 6. After a celebratory breakfast in the church’s Family Life Center — including a harpist and what the Rev. Jennifer Whitt called “Methodist mimosas” of orange juice and ginger ale, served in champagne flutes — members of the congregation filed into a darkened sanctuary. It was the first time in more than a year that services were held in the sanctuary, after a spring 2016 roof repair ...

Retired judge, active in UMC and social issues, dies at 91

Retired judge, active in UMC and social issues, dies at 91

8/1/2017
A retired federal judge, active in the United Methodist Church in his personal life and overseeing more than 100 cases against Native American activists in his judicial career, died July 28, 2017. Judge Warren Keith Urbom died at age 91 in Lincoln. Urbom was active in his home congregation of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lincoln, where he taught adult Sunday school since 1957. He was also a delegate of the former Nebraska Conference to six of the seven General Conference sessions from ...

Commission on a Way Forward provides status report

Commission on a Way Forward provides status report

7/27/2017
The Commission on a Way Forward has released a status report to the Council of Bishops and the entire United Methodist Church (UMC), updating the church and the leaders on the faithful work of the Commission after four meetings. The 32-member commission is accountable to the Council of Bishops, which named the members following a mandate from the 2016 General Conference. The charge from the General Conference was for the bishops to find a way forward and for unity in the UMC on issues related to...

Commission on a Way Forward gets input on church's future

7/19/2017
The feedback to the Commission on a Way Forward gives a sense of the task ahead. The commission asked various United Methodists to describe their constituency’s “preferred future for our denomination regarding the nature, conditions and extent of the inclusion of LGBTQ people within the church.” The 32-member commission will sift through the responses when it meets starting July 19 through July 21. The group’s fourth meeting is closed to the public and takes place at an undisclosed location in...

Board of Ordained Ministry revises scholarship policies

7/11/2017
At its May meeting, the Great Plains Board of Ordained Ministry revised its scholarship policies, including implementing new awards from combined trust funds for our legacy conferences. The board is responsible for making awards for seminary students from two different sources. The first is the Ministerial Educational Fund (MEF). According to the United Methodist Church, “The Ministerial Education Fund is one of seven apportioned funds of The United Methodist Church. The Ministerial Education ...

'See All the People' is a push for discipleship

'See All the People' is a push for discipleship

7/5/2017
Discipleship Ministries is up to something. The top executive of that United Methodist Church agency wants to be clear about what that something is. And what it isn’t. “'See All the People’ is not a program,” said the Rev. Junius Dotson, general secretary of Discipleship Ministries. “It really is an attempt to spur and ignite and inspire the spirit and movement of disciple-making across our denomination.” Recent weeks have seen the rollout of “See All the People,” including a resource guide ...

Pastors train to coach fellow clergy, congregations

Pastors train to coach fellow clergy, congregations

7/5/2017
Tom Osborne, Phog Allen, Bill Snyder, John Cook, Marian Washington, Bob Devaney, Rhonda Revelle, Bill Self. Those names may be familiar to college sports fans in Nebraska and Kansas. The list may evoke images of successful coaches walking along sidelines of college football fields, volleyball and basketball gyms and softball diamonds. In each case the people mentioned – and others like them – have inspired men and women to break through barriers to performance so they could be the best they ...

High schoolers learn more than music skills at Amp It Up camp

High schoolers learn more than music skills at Amp It Up camp

6/26/2017
The first week of June, 23 high school students came together for the Amp It Up worship band camp on the campus of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. “Amp It Up is a weeklong camp that focuses on building up high schoolers in both their capacity as disciples of Jesus Christ and also as musicians and technical operators of worship bands,” said the Rev. Ben Hanne, campus minister. “It brings students who have never played in a band before into a place where they understand the basics, ...

Don't fall for latest email scam

Don't fall for latest email scam

6/25/2017
The Great Plains Conference wants to alert you to a spam email is making its way into email inboxes across Kansas and Nebraska. The email, disguised as a Microsoft Office 365 alert, tells the recipient that his or her @greatplainsumc.org email address has exceeded its mail daily quota on a server. It goes on to tell the recipient that his or her email will stop receiving new emails within 24 hours and then has a link that promotes that the recipient can upgrade his or her quota for free. Toby ...

Survey sheds light on worship, relationships and stress for clergy, laity

Survey sheds light on worship, relationships and stress for clergy, laity

6/21/2017
A survey of clergy and laity conducted prior to an annual conference session workshop on self-care as a spiritual discipline sheds light on the stress levels of pastors, the scriptural anchors for laity and the health of relationships between clergy and their congregations throughout the Great Plains. The survey – conducted by the Rev. Dr. Anne Gatobu, pastor at Ashland United Methodist Church in Nebraska, associate professor of pastoral counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary and leader of ...

Annual conference members affirm Topeka as city for single office

Annual conference members affirm Topeka as city for single office

6/14/2017
When the former Nebraska, Kansas West and Kansas East conferences unified in 2014 to become the Great Plains Conference, it retained its three offices in, respectively, Lincoln, Wichita and Topeka. The Rev. Steve Flader, chair of the conference Board of Trustees, explains why a task force and the trustees decided on Topeka as the home of a single conference office during the 2017 annual conference session in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Photo by Rachel Moser But that era is scheduled to end ...

NUMB ride celebrates its 22nd year

NUMB ride celebrates its 22nd year

6/14/2017
The Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger celebrates its 22nd year this June. So far, the rides have raised more than $854,000.   More than 135 bicycle riders have prepared to explore the wide-open plains of Nebraska as part of the 22nd annual Nebraska United Methodist Bike (NUMB) Ride for Hunger. This event regularly draws bicycle enthusiasts from across the country to ride for 250 miles on a circuit across the state. “Our first NUMB back in 1996 had about 36 riders,” Ritter ...

Annual conference to vote on clergy health care coverage

Annual conference to vote on clergy health care coverage

5/31/2017
Voting clergy and lay members at the Great Plains Annual Conference session will decide on whether to continue to provide a health care stipend to clergy who serve an appointment full time or three-quarter time or to revert to a group health plan. Prior to the opening of the conference – scheduled for June 7-10 in Grand Island, Nebraska – health coverage was the subject of a livestream presentation Thursday, June 1. During the broadcast, the costs and benefits of each option will be explained ...

Topeka receives recommendation as home for single conference office

Topeka receives recommendation as home for single conference office

5/24/2017
  After the April meeting of the Connecting Council, clergy and lay members to annual conference knew they would have the opportunity to vote on whether to condense three conference offices to one. Now they know if they choose the single-office option they then will get to vote on where that office will be. Topeka will be the suggested location, based on a recommendation from the location task force endorsed by the conference Board of Trustees. Initial candidate locations included Topeka, ...

More than 30 interns ready to fan out across Great Plains

More than 30 interns ready to fan out across Great Plains

5/23/2017
  A recent graduate of Kansas State University, Ty Schissel remembers being “blindsided” – but in a good way – when he heard about internship opportunities in the Great Plains Conference. “I didn’t even know it was available,” said Schissel, an Olathe, Kansas, native who plans to enter seminary in the Kansas City area this fall. “They told me they had this awesome, cool internship available, and I got excited and immediately applied.” Active in the K-State Wesley program, Schissel will be ...

Open Door ministry opens doors to new building

Open Door ministry opens doors to new building

5/17/2017
  Location, location, location. It’s a watchword for real estate, and one of the key components for the new home of United Methodist Open Door ministries in Wichita, the largest food bank in south-central Kansas. Open Door, which opened in 1965 as United Methodist Urban Ministry, recently moved its food operations from its former home in downtown Wichita to 2130 E. 21st St. in Wichita, which puts it onto public transportation lines and in a cul-de-sac with the Boys and Girls Club and The ...

Fisher reflects on pastoral career as retirement nears

Fisher reflects on pastoral career as retirement nears

5/15/2017
As a young woman, the Rev. Evelyn Fisher was uncertain of her career path. She had undergraduate degrees in journalism and political science, but her first job working in corporate public relations and public affairs for a Fortune 500 company in Kansas City led her to purveying what she called “propaganda.” Her father had been a city manager for two towns in Texas, and she had begun taking classes to get her masters of public administration. She thought of enrolling in law school but realized,...

After successful Great Plains start, Beach ready for retirement

After successful Great Plains start, Beach ready for retirement

5/8/2017
After the unification that created the Great Plains Conference, the Rev. Gary Beach considered himself a survivor. Literally. Beach, who is retiring as treasurer and director of administrative services for the conference at the end of June, said laying the groundwork that united the Nebraska, Kansas East and Kansas West conferences in 2014 took its toll on his health. In a meeting in March 2013, he began to feel uneasy. The Rev. Gary Beach, Great Plains Conference treasurer and director of ...

Workshop shares strategies for reaching new generations

Workshop shares strategies for reaching new generations

5/3/2017
  Foam fingers, a study group with Applebee’s appetizers and “mugging” first-time visitors. Those were some of the ideas that sprouted from a new satellite church in Wichita, shared in a workshop with two districts and throughout the Great Plains Conference via livestream on April 29, aimed at helping churches reach new generations of people. The Aldersgate ReNew campus had its first services in September. The Rev. Jordan McFall, pastor of the ReNew campus, said the church now averages 120 ...

Reaction to Judicial Council ruling mixed

Reaction to Judicial Council ruling mixed

4/28/2017
The woman who questioned on the South Central Jurisdictional floor the right of a gay pastor to become a bishop said she is “basically pleased” by the decision handed down April 28 by the United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council. “It makes me feel good about the church when there are issues that arise such as this that it’s handled in such a positive way,” Dixie Brewster of Milton, Kansas, said of the ruling that the Rev. Karen Oliveto’s election as bishop violates church law, but that she ...

Bishop Saenz issues statement on Judicial Council ruling

Bishop Saenz issues statement on Judicial Council ruling

4/28/2017
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. issued the following statement following the announced ruling of the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church: Dear Friends, Grace and peace to you in the name of the One that has broken down the dividing wall of hostility and created a new humanity by the cross and his blood, Jesus Christ, our risen Lord, and Savior (Ephesians 2:11-22). The Judicial Council has ruled in a case that has attracted national attention to a divisive issue within The United Methodist...

Judicial Council rules gay bishop's election violates church law; case moves to supervisory response

Judicial Council rules gay bishop's election violates church law; case moves to supervisory response

4/28/2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto (center) shares a moment with her mother, Nelle Oliveto (left) and her wife, Robin Ridenour, after a hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Newark, N.J. The denomination's top court has ruled on a petition questioning whether an openly gay pastor can serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.   The consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, the top court of The United Methodist Church ...

The Way Forward: from Easter to Pentecost

The Way Forward: from Easter to Pentecost

4/26/2017
The following message was released Wednesday, April 26, from the moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward We live in the great fifty days, after the church has witnessed the presence of the risen Christ and before the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is a time of being together in community, discerning the future and depending on God. The Commission on a Way Forward recently gathered for its third meeting. We studied the scriptures, shared meals, reflected honestly about our convictions and ...

Connecting Council recommends single conference office, approves staff structure changes

Connecting Council recommends single conference office, approves staff structure changes

4/25/2017
The Connecting Council at its April 2017 meeting voted to adopt all but one recommendation offered by a consultant in a staffing study. Included is the concept of reducing the conference's three offices to one at a to-be-determined location, the addition of a COO for the conference and a study on how many district offices are necessary to fulfill our mission.

Bishops call 2019 special session of General Conference

Bishops call 2019 special session of General Conference

4/25/2017
The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be conducted Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough said the special session will be conducted in accordance with Division Two - Section II - Article II of The Constitution of The United Methodist Church as recorded in Paragraph ¶14 of The Book of Discipline (2016). The purpose of the 2019 special session of the...

Creation Care team encourages churches to step up efforts

Creation Care team encourages churches to step up efforts

4/18/2017
The Creation Care Planning Team of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church is beginning a new project available to all congregations in Nebraska and Kansas. Beginning this Earth Day, April 22, 2017, Creation Care churches will be able to participate in this initiative under the auspices of the Mercy & Justice team of the conference. The program is structured to "... recognize the responsibility of the church and its members to place a high priority on changes in economic, ...

College students embark on a civil rights odyssey

College students embark on a civil rights odyssey

4/12/2017
Over spring break, 14 college students traveled with United Methodist Campus Ministry at Emporia State University on the Civil Rights Odyssey study tour. Ten of the students were related to campus ministry at Emporia State University, and four of the students were related to campus ministry at Washburn University in Topeka. Students visited civil rights historic sites in Topeka, St. Louis, Atlanta, Tuskegee, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham, Memphis and Little Rock. ESU United Methodist Campus ...

Valentine, Cunningham latest recipients of Culture of Call grants

Valentine, Cunningham latest recipients of Culture of Call grants

4/12/2017
Intergenerational mentoring was the common thread in the latest two Culture of Call grants awarded by the Great Plains Conference. Nebraska’s Valentine United Methodist Church received a $2,000 grant, and Kansas’ Cunningham UMC received $1,500. The grants were designed to provide churches, campus ministries and United Methodist organizations in the Great Plains with resources to fuel their imaginations to cultivate a Culture of Call. “We appreciated that these applications were seeking to build...

Bishops' commission optimistic as it delves into tough task

Bishops' commission optimistic as it delves into tough task

4/10/2017
Members of the Commission on a Way Forward have expressed optimism at reaching consensus on a plan or plans to guide the Council of Bishops in leading The United Methodist Church into the future. During the three-day meeting, April 6-8, at the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., the commission members began discussing possible outcomes and timelines on accomplishing their task of examining paragraphs in the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to ...

Focus changing for Epworth Village

Focus changing for Epworth Village

4/10/2017
As the landscape in caring for abused and neglected children changes in Nebraska, Epworth Village is adapting to better serve the needs of at-risk children and families.  In keeping with its strategic plan and vision for the future, Epworth Village, which is based in York, Nebraska, will discontinue residential group home services in order to focus its time, energy, and resources to its in-home family services and foster care programs. Employees have been notified of the transition, and Epworth...

Daily video devotion for Holy Week

Daily video devotion for Holy Week

4/9/2017
Some of the pastors on the Great Plains Conference staff are providing a daily video devotional during Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday and concluding with a message from Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. on Easter Sunday. Watch for the videos each day on the conference's home page and on our Facebook page. Please share them with your friends. And remember to invite someone to worship with you as we walk with Christ to the cross and celebrate His victory over sin and death! Today's devotional is ...

Justice Matters sees progress in Lawrence

Justice Matters sees progress in Lawrence

4/5/2017
In three years, the Lawrence-based Justice Matters has seen progress in the five key social issues that it sees as a priority. But, at its third-annual Nehemiah Action Night on March 30, all involved agreed it still has a long way to go. Updates on the issues – childhood trauma and resilience, affordable housing, racial justice, mental health and jail alternatives – were presented to a crowd of about 1,500 at the Lied Center on the University of Kansas campus. Clergy and laity from the Great ...

‘Growing Young’ author trains GP youth workers; registration still open for Lincoln event

‘Growing Young’ author trains GP youth workers; registration still open for Lincoln event

4/3/2017
Jake Mulder carried no magic bullets when he talked to youth leaders from the Great Plains Conference. “We’re not sharing tips like, ‘Throw a pizza party,’” he told more than two dozen participants in the third-annual Spring Training event for youth leaders March 31 and April 1 at the Aldersgate ReNew campus in Wichita. Jake Mulder talks to participants in the Spring Training youth worker training event conducted March 31 and April 1 at Aldersgate ReNew in Wichita. Another session is ...

Stanton named new director of congregational excellence

Stanton named new director of congregational excellence

3/29/2017
Rev. Nathan Stanton Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. announced Wednesday, March 29, that the Rev. Nathan Stanton will be the new director of congregational excellence for the Great Plains Conference. Stanton, currently the conference’s new church development coordinator, will begin in his new role when the appointive year begins July 1. He will replace the Rev. Evelyn Fisher, who has announced her retirement effective June 30 after nearly 40 years in ministry. “I’m excited about Nathan’s gifts and ...

Church of the Resurrection opens doors to new sanctuary

Church of the Resurrection opens doors to new sanctuary

3/27/2017
As a teenager, the Rev. Adam Hamilton worked at Hardee’s. He was part of a crew opening a new Overland Park location of the fast-food franchise, which had a “soft opening” where staff members could invite their parents. “In case we killed somebody with hamburgers, we wanted it to be family,” Hamilton joked to his congregation. The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, which Hamilton began in a funeral home 26½ years ago, had the self-proclaimed “soft opening” of ...

Satellite congregation in Wichita votes to withdraw from UMC

Satellite congregation in Wichita votes to withdraw from UMC

3/19/2017
The Asbury United Methodist Church west campus has voted to withdraw  and separate from the Asbury Church central campus in Wichita, the Great Plains Conference and the United Methodist denomination. The west campus, which has approximately 350 people in worship each week, began as a daughter campus about 10 years ago. Since then, the goal has been for the west campus to flourish and grow to the point that it could mature into its own, self-sustaining United Methodist congregation. But that ...

Bishop Saenz issues statement on Asbury UMC west campus

Bishop Saenz issues statement on Asbury UMC west campus

3/19/2017
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. released the following statement following the announcement Sunday, March 19, 2017, of the decision by the Asbury United Methodist Church west campus in Wichita to withdraw from the Asbury Church central campus, the Great Plains Conference and the United Methodist Church.  His statement is printed in its entirety below:

Neighboring at center of SoCe Life

Neighboring at center of SoCe Life

3/14/2017
  UMC pastors among those that started nonprofit to build connections What seems like a simple goal of knowing your neighbor is the centerpiece of SoCe Life, a 3-year-old Wichita-based nonprofit co-founded by two ordained ministers from the Great Plains Conference. “The thing that sums it up best is being good neighbors,” said the Rev. Adam Barlow-Thompson, who started the group with his wife, the Rev. Ashley Prescott Barlow-Thompson, and friends Matt and Catherine Johnson. The ...

Kansas churches working with fire victims

Kansas churches working with fire victims

3/13/2017
With prayer, financial help and hands-on labor, United Methodists are responding to the devastating fire damage that has struck south-central and southwest Kansas. “It’s been amazing what everybody’s done,” said the Rev. Rick Branson, pastor of Ashland UMC. Called the largest wildfire in state history, it burned 600,000 acres – with more than 500,000 of those in Clark and Comanche counties. Fire spread to as many as 23 counties. How to Help Anyone wanting to make a donation in the Great ...

Leader from Spanish-speaking Kansas congregation released on bond

Leader from Spanish-speaking Kansas congregation released on bond

3/13/2017
Humberto Barralaga poses with his wife and children in this family photo. Submitted photo   An evangelism leader at Casa de Oración United Methodist Church in Dodge City, Kansas, has been released on $8,000 bond after being detained for a month by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Humberto Barralaga’s court date is scheduled for April 4. “The attorney is seeking to obtain a pardon that will allow me to process my papers here, especially considering that my son, who is a U.S. ...

Six months later, GPUMC disaster teams still on job in Mulvane

Six months later, GPUMC disaster teams still on job in Mulvane

3/12/2017
In September 2016, the residents of the south-central Kansas town of Mulvane got hit hard with a double dose of torrential rain, causing the city of 6,300 flooding that it hadn’t seen in a century. Six months later, the attention may be gone from Mulvane, but the need is still there. Case managers Erik Harbutz and Jocelyn Russell Pafume remain on the job helping people of Mulvane recover from the devastating floods from last summer. Photo by David Burke And two case managers from the Great...

Livestreaming widens audience for discussion of church vitality

Livestreaming widens audience for discussion of church vitality

3/8/2017
Whether it was in person at First United Methodist Church in Wichita or through a screen throughout the Great Plains Conference and beyond, clergy and laypersons heard the plans of Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. on Feb. 25. While Bishop Saenz laid out plans for “Leading Vital Congregations” in front of about 200 people at First Wichita, many others in the two-state region joined in the viewing and discussion during the live-streamed workshop. “This is kind of the reality of where we are today,” Bishop...

‘KC Wolf’ rallies around schools in Kansas for UM Men

‘KC Wolf’ rallies around schools in Kansas for UM Men

3/8/2017
Jesus warned about wolves in sheep’s clothing in the seventh chapter of Matthew, but even He might be thrown for a loss by the wolf that made his way into several schools March 6 in Kansas. Dan Meers, who has played the Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf for the past 27 seasons, visited five schools in north-central Kansas for events sponsored by the United Methodist Men before speaking that night at the 68th annual Men & Boys Rally in Beloit High School. At nearly all of the schools – ...

Mission field-based system details becoming clearer

Mission field-based system details becoming clearer

3/6/2017
As more details about the Great Plains Conference’s mission-field based system for district superintendent appointments come into focus, Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. and the cabinet have announced another shift for the 2017-18 appointive year, this time involving the Parsons District. The Rev. Kibum Kim, who has served as the Parsons District superintendent for five years, will be returning to a local church appointment as of July 1. The move provided an opportunity for the expansion of the ...

Bishops' commission moving forward

Bishops' commission moving forward

3/3/2017
Bishop Ken Carter, one of the Bishops Commission on a Way Forward moderators, leads a group discussion. Photo by UMCOM Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia this week, the Commission on a Way Forward continued to make progress towards completing the groundwork for their task, building relationships, engaging in learning, information gathering, working and worshiping together. On Wednesday, the Rev. Donna Pritchard led a morning Bible study of Galatians 2. Later, Commission members joined the staff ...

Documents for Bishop Saenz's church vitality workshop

Documents for Bishop Saenz's church vitality workshop

2/25/2017
The following documents are available for download to enhance the experience and help with learning as you either watch the bishop's presentation via livestream or on the recording (coming soon): Bishop Saenz's PowerPoint presentation Real Discipleship survey See Bishop Saenz's Lenten Message  

Kansas issues explored at LEAF event

Kansas issues explored at LEAF event

2/21/2017
  Continuing a tradition of learning about political issues in Kansas from a faith-based perspective, United Methodist Women in Kansas brought lay persons, experts and advocates together Feb. 12-13 in Topeka. The 42nd annual Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith, or LEAF, brought more than 110 women – and a few men – to First United Methodist Church in Topeka. The event’s keynote speaker was Judge Ardie Bland, a Kansas City, Missouri, municipal court judge who has tried to divert a growing ...

Renewed emphasis on mission field moves forward

Renewed emphasis on mission field moves forward

2/20/2017
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. and the cabinet have announced the next phase of a transition to a more mission field-based system for district superintendent appointments in the Great Plains Conference. Effective July 1, the Rev. Dr. Mitch Reece, Wichita East District superintendent, will serve in that same capacity in Wichita East and the Wichita West districts. “The Wichita East and West districts have a large number of effective, innovative, and fruitful pastors and laity who share a similar ...

Campus ministers switch colleges for a day

Campus ministers switch colleges for a day

2/17/2017
In sports parlance, the Rev. Kevin Hopkins and the Rev. Ben Hanne each played “away games” on Feb. 15-16. Hopkins, campus pastor at Baker University, delivered the sermon during Wednesday morning chapel services at Southwestern College. The next day Hanne, Southwestern’s campus pastor, returned the favor with a sermon at Baker during its Thursday morning chapel. It was a homecoming of sorts for Hopkins, who was pastor of neighboring Winfield Grace from 2005 to 2010, but Hanne’s first visit ...

Internships offer faith-filled summer option

Internships offer faith-filled summer option

2/14/2017
Prospects of summer jobs for college-age students in the Great Plains can go beyond mowing grass, babysitting or bagging groceries. The conference offers seven different types of internships involved in various forms of ministry for the summer, each over a 10-week period and each receiving a stipend. “This is something from our United Methodist Church in which they will learn about faith, learn about leadership, learn about themselves and growing as a member of a team and make a difference for...

Family, congregation saddened by separation after man is taken by immigration officials

Family, congregation saddened by separation after man is taken by immigration officials

2/13/2017
A member of the lay leadership team of Casa de Oracion, a Spanish-speaking congregation within Dodge City First United Methodist Church, is one of reportedly 600 people nationwide to be detained in a series of federal immigration raids nationwide. Humberto Barralaga of Dodge City, Kansas, poses in this family photo with his family. Barralaga was one of more than 600 undocumented immigrants detained in a series of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in recent days. Submitted ...

Ice storm can't freeze out spirit of The OneEvent

Ice storm can't freeze out spirit of The OneEvent

2/3/2017
Freezing rain and ice may have hurt The OneEvent’s attendance, but not its spirit. The OneEvent had roughly 1,100 youth and adults registered, but thanks to an ice storm about 200 were able to attend the event Jan. 14-15 in Salina, Kansas. The Great Plains Conference’s largest youth event featured worship, messages, breakout sessions and other activities. Youth from across the conference look forward to this event each year; however, many of the youth who had to travel long distances chose ...

Bishop announces structural changes to allow for stronger emphasis on mission field

Bishop announces structural changes to allow for stronger emphasis on mission field

2/1/2017
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. has announced a change in district superintendent appointments, with goals of fostering more peer-to-peer collaboration among clergy, empowering the laity to more fully participate in the sharing of the Wesleyan witness, and focusing ministry squarely on the mission field for each congregation. The moves are meant to help the more than 1,000 Great Plains Conference churches innovate to focus on the mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the ...

Great Plains clergy raise voices in immigration rallies

Great Plains clergy raise voices in immigration rallies

2/1/2017
The Rev. Chris Jorgensen and her daughter take part in a rally in support of refugees in Omaha. Photo courtesy Chris Jorgensen For the Rev. Chris Jorgensen, it was almost a reflex action for her to make her voice known at a weekend rally in Omaha, denouncing President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy. “Christianity needs to come out of this moment in time with its integrity intact, frankly,” said Jorgensen, associate pastor of the Urban Abbey coffee shop and ministry in Omaha. She ...

Council of Bishops president issues statement on Trump immigration order

Council of Bishops president issues statement on Trump immigration order

1/31/2017
Bishop Bruce Ough Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement Monday, Jan. 30, regarding President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration at a press conference sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Churches. The event, held at Hennepin United Methodist Church, gathered faith leaders to discuss the topic of immigration. Bishop Ough participated in the event in his role as resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of The United ...

Nebraska Wesleyan president issues letter affirming diversity

Nebraska Wesleyan president issues letter affirming diversity

1/31/2017
Fred Ohles, president of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, has issued the following letter to students, faculty and staff at the United Methodist-affiliated institution. His letter appears in its entirety. Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty Colleagues, Nebraska Wesleyan University aspires to be a diverse and inclusive academic community. Ours is a community that includes immigrants and guests to the United States from around the world. It is a community that encourages our students and ...

Commission on a Way Forward holds organizational meeting

Commission on a Way Forward holds organizational meeting

1/27/2017
The Commission on a Way Forward held its first meeting Jan. 23-26 in Atlanta, with 32 members from nine countries in attendance. Led by commission moderators Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Bishop Ken Carter, members worked and worshipped together and began the foundational work integral to their charge of developing consensus about how to move forward amid different theological understandings of LGBTQ identity. “We need to diagnose what is happening in our churches, in our ...

Pastor among Dreamers waiting for citizenship

Pastor among Dreamers waiting for citizenship

1/26/2017
The Rev. Orlando Gallardo was 15 when his mother decided it was worth the risk to send her youngest child across the border of Mexico illegally to give him a chance at a better future. “My mother always worried about me. She pushed me to get an education,” he said. Gallardo had an older brother, a U.S. citizen through marriage, living in Iowa. He agreed to take parental rights and responsibilities for his youngest brother and filed the papers to get legal status for Gallardo. “Just coming to ...

Fisher announces retirement effective June 30

Fisher announces retirement effective June 30

1/25/2017
The Rev. Evelyn Fisher, conference director of congregational excellence, announced Jan. 24 that she intends to retire at the end of the appointive year, June 30. Rev. Evelyn Fisher Fisher became a provisional member of the former Kansas East Conference in 1978 and a full member in 1981. Prior to being named director of congregational excellence for the new Great Plains Conference in 2013, she served churches in Bucyrus, Pomona-Richter, Burlington, Manhattan and Lenexa in Kansas, and she ...

Orders & Fellowship gathering aims to spark new ideas

Orders & Fellowship gathering aims to spark new ideas

1/24/2017
Thinking outside the proverbial box to attract new and younger disciples of Jesus Christ was an overriding theme of this year’s Orders & Fellowship gathering, Jan. 18-19 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kansas. More than 600 clergy from across the Great Plains heard ideas for entrepreneurial ministry from the Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean and what young people want in worship from the Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady.   ‘Entrepreneurial Moment’ The Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean makes a point during one...

Bishop Saenz challenges pastors at Orders & Fellowship

Bishop Saenz challenges pastors at Orders & Fellowship

1/23/2017
When Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. was assigned as episcopal leader of the Great Plains Conference, he was given a notebook with facts and figures about the two-state region: A whopping four pages. Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. shares his reflections on the Great Plains Conference after his first few months traveling Kansas and Nebraska as the area's episcopal leader. Photo by David Burke It wasn’t nearly enough of a description of the 1,000-plus churches, clergy and laity in the region, but the bishop ...

Anglemyer to serve as new Missouri River DS

Anglemyer to serve as new Missouri River DS

1/21/2017
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. has announced that the Rev. Chad Anglemyer, pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Omaha, will join the cabinet of the Great Plains Conference on July 1 as the new Missouri River District superintendent. Anglemyer will replace the Rev. Dr. Dan Flanagan, who is retiring after 47 years of ministry, the final seven as a district superintendent. Rev. Chad Anglemyer Anglemyer became a provisional member of the former Kansas West Conference in 1988 and a full member ...

The OneEvent still on

The OneEvent still on

1/13/2017
The OneEvent is still on!  We are setting up now.  We will begin at 1 pm Saturday afternoon at The bicentennial center in Salina.  There will likely be modifications to the schedule.   We know that if the current weather forecasts hold true many of you will not be able to drive to Salina safely and we want you to make wise decisions with safety in mind. We are working to be able to live stream as much of the event as possible. We will keep you posted on those details. if you decide that your ...

Bishop Saenz and Maye share Christmas message

Bishop Saenz and Maye share Christmas message

12/21/2016
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. and his wife, Maye, shared a Christmas message for the people of the Great Plains Conference. From the conference to you and your family, merry Christmas and happy new year!  

Wichita church emphasizes unity in Christ over divisiveness

Wichita church emphasizes unity in Christ over divisiveness

12/16/2016
Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Wichita is charting a middle course amid the denomination's theological divides and disagreements about homosexuality.

JFON-NE helps teen who found himself alone in a foreign country

JFON-NE helps teen who found himself alone in a foreign country

12/13/2016
Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-NE) client Roberto is a native of Nicaragua. Living in abject poverty with his mother and younger siblings, he didn’t even have shoes. When he was 16, he decided to reunite with his father in Nebraska and find a way to support his family. It didn’t quite work out as he planned. Upon arrival in the United States, the teen was taken into custody. His time in detention was the first he had ever seen running water. His remark on being in jail was, “I saw ...

College students Imagine What’s NEXT

College students Imagine What’s NEXT

12/6/2016
Daniel Reffner, a senior at Southwestern College, crafts pottery during a worship time at the Imagine What's NEXT conference for young adults in Atlanta. Photo courtesy NEXT conference Before he had his turn before 700 fellow college students at the Imagine What’s NEXT conference in Atlanta on Nov. 4-6, Daniel Reffner admitted to some stage fright. “It was very humbling, and it made me emotional,” said Reffner, a senior majoring in religion and philosophy at...

Church of the Resurrection launches website rich in resources

Church of the Resurrection launches website rich in resources

11/15/2016
It’s easy to recognize the success of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. A congregation that started in a funeral home in 1990 is now the largest church in the denomination with more than 20,000 members worshipping on four campuses in the Kansas City area. With such phenomenal growth in a denomination that has seen steady declines throughout the same time period, it’s understandable that other churches would reach out to Resurrection’s leaders for ideas, training and resources. After...

Poverty issues addressed in Lincoln workshop, panel discussion

Poverty issues addressed in Lincoln workshop, panel discussion

11/14/2016
  Discussions and testimonials regarding gender, race, poverty and the environment were the focus of an event dubbed “For the Transformation of the World” Oct. 29 at First United Methodist Church in Lincoln. A panel discussion about poverty highlighted the morning events, while the remainder were discussed in several workshops. The event was presented by the Mercy and Justice team of the Great Plains Conference. “You are truly friends of justice,” the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, general ...

Church Leaders Kick Off Quadrennium With Vital Congregation Focus

Church Leaders Kick Off Quadrennium With Vital Congregation Focus

11/7/2016
About 750 leaders of The United Methodist Church gathered in Jacksonville, Fla., this week to start the new quadrennium focused on the mission of cultivating vital congregations to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops, said the Council began planning and praying for this Extended Cabinet Summit nearly two years ago. “This Summit grew out of the Council’s commitment, forcefully stated in our 2012 Call to ...

Council of Bishops to call for 2019 General Conference

Council of Bishops to call for 2019 General Conference

11/2/2016
Sets forth actions to involve the whole church in prayer and conversation Through an affirmative vote at their fall  meeting this week, the United Methodist Council of Bishops expressed their intent to call for a special session of the General Conference in either February or March of 2019 and asked the business manager of the General Conference to move forward with exploring venues and a bid search. The Constitution of The United Methodist Church provides that the Council of Bishops may call ...

Connecting Council discusses next steps for Great Plains Conference

Connecting Council discusses next steps for Great Plains Conference

10/31/2016
The Connecting Council began laying the foundation for discussion about vision and next steps for the Great Plains Conference during the committee’s fall meeting Oct. 21 at First United Methodist Church in Hays, Kansas. The council, tasked with making timely decisions between annual conference sessions, is comprised of 70 people, including all 17 district superintendents, district lay leaders, directors for administration, congregational excellence, clergy excellence and communications, ...

Saint Mark job fair helps those with criminal past

Saint Mark job fair helps those with criminal past

10/31/2016
The search for a job can sometimes be difficult. It’s even more so when the job seeker has a criminal background. Helping to bridge that gap is the prison ministry of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, which conducted its fourth biennial Job Fair Expo on Oct. 27. “They feel encouraged,” said David Wilkinson, a member of the prison ministry team since it began in 1999. “I think it plants a lot of seeds in people’s hearts.” About 150 people attended the October job fair, which ...

Council of Bishops announces members of human-sexuality commmission

Council of Bishops announces members of human-sexuality commmission

10/24/2016
The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. "After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected eight bishops, 11 laity, 12 elders and one deacon to serve on the commission," said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops. "This group is representative of our theological diversity." Ough said the makeup of the 32-member commission is roughly comparable to U.S. and Central Conference membership....

For the Transformation of the World

For the Transformation of the World

10/21/2016
The Great Plains Mercy & Justice Team invites you to spend a day encountering poverty and related issues. Besides worship and a panel discussion with outstanding leaders (the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, the Rev. Dr. Charlotte Abram and the Rev. Mark Holland) a variety of workshops will be offered in the afternoon of Oct. 29.

Conard remembered for leadership in Great Plains, Zimbabwe

Conard remembered for leadership in Great Plains, Zimbabwe

10/20/2016
The loss of the Rev. A. Mark Conard is being felt by United Methodists in both the Great Plains and in an African nation where he helped establish a partnership. “He was loved by both people in Zimbabwe and in the Great Plains Conference,” said the Rev. Kalaba Chali, Mercy and Justice coordinator for the conference. “He will be missed by a lot of people,” Chali added. A retired pastor and former district superintendent, Conard died Tuesday, Oct. 18, at a Wichita hospital. He was 68. Funeral ...

Conference announces recipients of culture of call grants

Conference announces recipients of culture of call grants

10/19/2016
Nine churches, campus ministries and colleges have received Culture of Call grants in the latest round of awards given by the Great Plains Conference. Grants in the first round totaled $8,000. The total for this round totaled $16,565, with each grant ranging from $1,265 to $2,000. Creating a Culture of Call means that the behaviors, beliefs and attitudes of the church or organization supports the members of the community to identify and explore a call by God to serve as a lay, licensed or ...

Chabadza partners work together on pilot project in Malawi

Chabadza partners work together on pilot project in Malawi

10/18/2016
As part of our Chabadza partnership with the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference, a group from the Great Plains Conference is traveling in Malawi from Oct. 12 to 28 to participate in young people’s ministry training. The group includes the Rev. Micki McCorkle, Great Plains small-membership church coordinator; Rick Bartlett a member of the Chabadza Leadership Team; the Rev. Sophirina Sign, a leader in the Zimbabwe Conference; and a team from Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Following ...

New Saint Mark pastor wants to get back to basics

New Saint Mark pastor wants to get back to basics

10/17/2016
In his first few months as senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, the Rev. Robert Johnson is already getting down to business. But he’s also backing away from what he calls the “busy-ness” that’s bogging down the largest African-American congregation in the Great Plains. “What does God want us to do very well? Let’s do those things,” Johnson told parishioners at a town hall meeting. “Too many programs on top of programs, projects on top of projects. “Backing off the...

Small Wonders gathering reaches out to millennials

Small Wonders gathering reaches out to millennials

10/17/2016
The schedule for the third-annual Small Wonders Conference listed an 8 a.m. Saturday worship on Oct. 8, but there was no sermon, no offering and only the slightest strains of an acoustic guitar. Instead, the Student Center at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina had various stations set up, where participants could create with paints or Play-Doh, write notes of forgiveness or sit in silent, reflective prayer. Teresa Stewart, a Kansas City-based expert on small congregations, said her church ...

Bishop calls for work to continue during celebration of assignment service

Bishop calls for work to continue during celebration of assignment service

10/15/2016
A call to further the mission that already has been started by Jesus Christ highlighted the formal introduction of Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. to the Great Plains Conference on Oct. 15. “We have a lot of unfinished work to do,” Saenz told several hundred clergy, laity, conference officials and guests at a service at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Lincoln. Basing his sermon off John 21: 15-17, Saenz said the people of the church need to counter those walking away from the faith by giving ...

'It was a calling': Family talks about journey through foster care to adoption

'It was a calling': Family talks about journey through foster care to adoption

10/14/2016
HENDERSON, Neb. – Jeremy and Amy Janzen were listening to My Bridge Christian Radio when their hearts were inspired to pursue a journey into the world of foster care that would eventually lead them to welcome two, precious, adopted children into their home – Anna and Jonah. “We were having a hard time starting a family and were pursuing our options,” Amy said.  “We then began our foster care journey by getting licensed with Christian Heritage out of Lincoln.  That was September of 2010.” “Then...

Some summer ’17 internship applications ready

Some summer ’17 internship applications ready

10/10/2016
It’s barely fall, but it’s time for college students to be thinking about their plans for the summer of 2017.

Great Plains pastor among leadership of Commission on Religion and Race

Great Plains pastor among leadership of Commission on Religion and Race

10/6/2016
Erin Hawkins, top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race speaks May 10 to the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose / UMNS The United Methodist Church's agency charged with challenging, leading, and equipping lay members and clergypersons to become more interculturally competent, to ensure institutional equity, and to facilitate vital conversations about religion, race, tribe, and culture has elected Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe as ...

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