News and Views

July 2017

On Zimbabwe, Changing Voices, and Visiting Each Other

July 31, 2017

I met Virginia a little over 11 years ago as I began my first summer field education place during seminary. Virginia was a kind, Christian woman in her nineties who bore all the gentleness of age and none of its bitterness. If you had met...

Commission on a Way Forward issues status report

July 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.

Traveling the Circuit: John Street Church, New York

July 24, 2017

“Philip, you must preach to us, or we shall all go to Hell together and God will require our blood at your hands!” Safe to say, this is not a typical reaction to seeing friends playing a hand of cards. Then again, Barbara von Ruckle Heck was not...

A postcard home from Zimbabwe: Pastors’ School session closes

July 22, 2017

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is one of the best preachers in The United Methodist Church. When she ascends to a pulpit, she becomes a mixture of ancient story-telling griot, wisdom bearer, word acrobat, fire-breathing dragon, exegetical scholar...

Rev. Marion J.G. Bowman

July 22, 2017

The Rev. Marion J.G. Bowman, 82, formerly known as Jackie Collins, died July 22, 2017. A funeral service was held Aug. 1, at Locust UMC in Columbia with the Rev. Jane Wood officiating. Burial was at Arbutus Memorial Park. Marion J.G. Bowman was...

Spoken Word: BWC Zimbabwe 2017

July 21, 2017

I can relate to the looks on their faces, when they open that email Once again God had come through, yeah He never fails In that letter was a great invitation I would say yes, without any hesitation