One of things I experienced last week at the Sierra Leone Annual Conference is the African formality in addressing bishops. Following the British style of their old colonial days, most people in Africa address their bishop as "My Lord Bishop." Such formality is a sign of respect, but it is a little hard for me to accept. I am not a very formal person, and I tend to avoid a lot of titles because they can so easily separate us from one another. --More--
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner has named Doris Clark of Indianapolis as the new incoming Lay Leader of the Indiana Conference, effective June 1. Clark is currently serving as one of the conference’s Associate Lay Leaders, Central District Lay Leader and also participates as a member of the Bishop’s Operational Team, the Annual Conference Sessions Implementation Team, lay member of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, District Chair of the Central District, member of the Conference Nominating Committee, Board President of United Methodist Metro Ministries and a member of the General Church’s Connectional Table. She was a delegate to the 2012 General and North Central Jurisdictional conferences of The United Methodist Church. She is a member of University United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. --more--
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (UMNS) – On Sundays and Thursdays at Centenary United Methodist Church, the Christ’s Kitchen is buzzing with meal preparation for the hungry in the community. The Jeffersonville News and Tribune tells how more than 25 churches of different denominations have come together to feed those in need. This meal program, which is now called Christ’s Kitchen, has been in operation for 27 years. According to church records, 12,925 people were served in 2013, through either Christ’s Kitchen or the food pantry, which is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read story.
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announces the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Gary Schaar, 56, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ind. since 2009, as the new Superintendent of the South District, effective July 1. Read more.