When boxing and the Bible work together to beat the pandemic

  By Kendall Jablonowski – Boxing has always been a sport of fight, grit, and hard-work. The Bible is a book of encouragement and wisdom. Both elements work together in a positive way at the Rock Ministries in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. “As COVID-19 recedes in much of the country, volunteer street chaplains in […]

Korean UM Laity Issue Ultimatum

By Tom Lambrecht – In a continuing development of the conflict between Bishop Grant Hagiya and three Korean churches in the California-Pacific Annual Conference, the Korean Western Jurisdiction Laity Network and the Korean United Methodist Church Laity Network have issued open letters calling for the intervention of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops and the […]

Signed Letter to Council of Bishops

An Open Letter to the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

Separation and the Unity of the Church

There is resistance and reluctance to support the idea of separation in The United Methodist Church. That is as it should be. Separation in the church, like divorce in a marriage, should be a last resort, not entered into lightly or without pursuing all other options. For 50 years, United Methodists have tried to make […]

Being the Church in a War Zone

By Bob Kaylor – Driving through the countryside of the Normandy region of France feels a bit like entering the world of an animated Walt Disney film. The green fields, bushy hedgerows, lolling cows, and medieval-period stone houses, churches, and barns call to mind many stories that we learn as kids – stories that begin, […]

New Jersey Korean Pastor Responds

By Thomas Lambrecht – Several weeks ago, I shared the story of the Rev. James Lee, a pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference at Bethany Korean UM Church. His district superintendent notified him that Bishop John Schol was appointing him to a different, much smaller congregation. (Bethany is the largest congregation in the […]

European Bishops Provide Stellar Leadership Example

By Thomas Lambrecht Just this week, the four bishops of Europe and Eurasia announced plans to handle the possibility of separation in The United Methodist Church and the unique ways it might affect their three central conferences. (The United Methodist News story contains links to their useful planning documents and statement.) Bishops Eduard Khegay (Eurasia Episcopal Area), […]

Chinese-American UM leaders respond to controversial appointment maneuvers

According to a press release, the National Chinese Caucus (NCC) of the United Methodist Church urges “all parties involved in the process of appointment to maintain a spirit of peace and goodwill toward those who hold differing theological and ethical values, while awaiting the decisions of the General Conference on the Protocol of Reconciliation and […]

Korean Pastors Penalized in California

By Thomas Lambrecht – Over the last two weeks, Good News has shared information about pastors of large churches in North Georgia and New Jersey where centrist-progressive bishops removed the appointments of their senior pastors without the consultation required by the Book of Discipline. On April 21, Bishop Grant Hagiya of the California-Pacific Annual Conference (Cal-Pac), through his district superintendents, […]

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