Texas Annual Conference

With a surprise split in conservative Texas Conference and increased campaigning elsewhere, election of General Conference 2020 delegates is heating up. Read more

UMC Future 5 Comments

Leaders of Bering Memorial UMC, the only Texas Conference congregation affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network, offer an alternative view from conference leaders on LGBTQ+ inclusion. Read more

A Way Forward

The teacher-mother of a Texas Conference district superintendent was among those who survived the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School where 10 people were killed. Read more

Global Health 1 Comments

Texas Annual Conference recalls the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey and United Methodist efforts aiding recovery. Read more

Bear Creek UMC Rescue

Photo by Michele Sibley, courtesy Bear Creek United Methodist Church

Even with church buildings flooded and cut off from supplies, United Methodists rescue and shelter victims of Hurricane Harvey. Read more

Local Church

Feeding Harvey Evacuees

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With floodwaters near 20 feet high in spots and more torrential rain expected, United Methodists are beginning to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey. Read more

Local Church

Island of the Son UMC

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As Texas congregations begin to report hurricane damage, church disaster response coordinators say the best way to help victims of Hurricane Harvey is to donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Read more

Local Church

Wolfe House Flooded

Photo courtesy of the Rev. Andrew Wolfe via UMNS

Some United Methodist clergy and their families have been rescued from floodwaters in South Texas from Hurricane Harvey, and the extreme weather event isn't over yet. Read more

Local Church

Harvey flooding Houston 1

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The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) worked with annual conferences to prepare for the onslaught of extreme weather from Hurricane Harvey. Read more

Global Health

Waller Co. Sheriff

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The sheriff who told a United Methodist clergywoman to "go back to that church of Satan that you run" gets a lesson about her church and its members - nearly 300,000 of whom live in his region of Texas. Read more

Views from a Ridge 231 Comments

Eliminate Western UMC

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes two proposals that appear to eliminate the UMC's Western Jurisdiction, which in reality is doing a much better job at discipleship than the other four U.S. jurisdictions. Read more

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Texas Clergy Qualifications

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The Rev. Josh Hale, a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry in the Texas Annual Conference, defends its proposal standards in response to allegations of ageism from the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

In the Church 1 Comments

Texas Clergy Qualifications

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Texas Conference Proposal: Accidentally Ageist?

After a flurry of responses about his critique of its perceived ageism, the Rev. Jeremy Smith follows up on the new guidelines for candidates for the ordained ministry in the Texas Annual Conference. Read more

Apr 26, 2013 2:23 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Texas Clergy Qualifications

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Over Age 45? Texas UMC doesn’t want you in ordained ministry

A new proposal for clergy qualifications from the Texas Annual Conference has the Rev. Jeremy Smith outraged, and he'd like to hear others' responses. Read more

Apr 23, 2013 10:44 PM Jeremy Smith 3 Comments