Retired pastors step up amid disaffiliations
By Jim Patterson, April 5, 2023 | UM News
United Methodists who want to remain with the denomination are in need of leadership in the wake of disaffiliations over sexuality issues.
Retired United Methodist pastors are putting their golden years on the back burner to help congregations that have been displaced.
Some of the former retirees report that enthusiasm is evident as United Methodists refocus on the basics of their faith.
Growth for some churches staying United Methodist
By Sam Hodges -- Feb. 27, 2023 | DALLAS (UM News)
Some United Methodist churches are growing by welcoming denomination members whose previous church disaffiliated.
One church, Strawbridge United Methodist near Houston, has doubled in worship attendance over the past year, thanks largely to people coming from disaffiliated churches.
Those arriving from disaffiliated churches tend to be knowledgeable about and committed to United Methodism, and many have church leadership experience.
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Distinguished Educator Joins Steering Committee
Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall, retired Vice President and Dean and Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, Brite Divinity School, has accepted an invitation to serve on the UMARC Steering Committee. A beloved teacher and admired administrator, Marshall had a distinguished career in theological education, teaching at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Iliff School of Theology, Eden Seminary, and Brite Divinity School. She and her wife now live in Minnesota, where she is teaching part-time at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Her books include: Pastoral Care in Rural Congregations, Counseling Lesbian Partners, and How Can I Forgive?
UMARC Endorses Christmas Covenant
By Ben Roe
October 31, 2022, Centennial, Colorado-- United Methodists will be considering in 2024 a plan for reorganizing the United Methodist Church along global regional lines. At a recent meeting, the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy has endorsed the plan, which was developed by representatives from United Methodist Conferences outside the United States.
The Christmas Covenant features a regionalization plan...
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Dave Ferguson, Chris Ferguson,
Marla Kauerz, Joretta Marshall, Kay Palmer-Marsh, Liwliwa Robledo, Ben Roe
John L. Thompson, Julian Rush - Honorary, Annie Arnoldy - Advisor