I am writing from England, where I am on a Wesley Tour to learn more about John and Charles Wesley and about the beginnings of the Methodist revival movement in the Church of England -- which, of course, came to America and resulted in our United Methodist Church as well the other branches of Methodism, now with over 75 million members worldwide. --More--
There have been many responses to the “border crisis” and the lack of comprehensive immigration reform in our nation. The United Methodist Church, in its Social Principles, teaches that “we recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of family of God.” Many within The United Methodist Church have worked for comprehensive immigration reform in the past. This work continues as many children, unaccompanied minors, have made their way to our border. There are United Methodist congregations on the border and here in Indiana who are working to help these unaccompanied minors.
GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Mizo (Burnese) congregation meeting at the Greenwood UMC during the past 16 months has grown from 38 worshippers to 125 worshippers and is a very vibrant community. One of the highlights for Greenwood Pastor In Suk Peebles is baptizing infants. The dynamic make-up of this young congregation – mostly 40 years old and under with lots of children and young married women – is quite different than the congregation is used to experiencing. There are many young singles that are away from their own kin in Burma and Malaysia. They sacrifice their own financial resources to help each other, especially the unemployed upon arrival to Indianapolis. Within three months of arrival from Malaysia, at least one adult in each household is employed (mostly minimum wage jobs) with no proper English, give tithe to pay the pastor and other related expenses. It is an amazing group of Christians. District Superintendent Bert Kite, Associate DS Bob Coleman and Metro-Ministries’ Lisa Morris provide needed resources and extra attention for GUMC/Mizo for which the church is very grateful. – Shared by Greenwood Pastor In Suk Peebles
GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner recently shared this Glory Sighting: This sighting comes from Gobin Memorial UMC in Greencastle, where we (Marsha and I) participated in the worship service that included my “finishing” the Commissioning of Bryan and Maureen Langdoc as the new pastor (Bryan) and United Methodist-related DePauw University chaplain (Maureen). The Director of Spiritual Life for the campus was there to officially welcome both of them, with some emphasis of course on Maureen as chaplain. Bryan and Maureen were very well received, and DePauw sponsored a reception for them after worship on the lawn of east campus. One other Glory Sighting of collegiality and connection – Sam Padgett (Indiana Conference’s new Associate Director of Leadership Development – Clergy) and his family attended the worship service at Gobin just to demonstrate his support for this new clergy couple. I asked him if he had any prior connection to Bryan and Maureen, and he said, “No, I just wanted to be with one of our new clergy today who will be in RIM (the Residents in Ministry program), and this way I got to be with two of them at once.”