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I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.


As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.


-- John 17:20-21, NRSV

Native Pastor Making a Difference in Alaska

November is American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month. Nome's Charley Brower, OCUIR Steering Committee member,  has a special connection to the community he serves. Brower is an Alaska Native pastoring a Native congregation. Brower explains how he went from sitting in the pews on Sunday to pastoring a church.

 

 
Bishops called to be more accountable to each other

Bishop BrownUnited Methodist bishops must be accountable not only to United Methodists in their areas but also to the full Council of Bishops, asserted the council’s new president.

Bishop Warner Brown Jr. concluded his first address as the body’s president by asking his fellow episcopal leaders to affirm the vows they took when they were consecrated as bishops. The bishops stood in unison to show their assent.


Brown, who also leads the San Francisco Area, spoke to a group that included 64 active and 43 retired bishops from around the globe. The council is meeting this week as the denomination is struggling with declining U.S. membership, deep divisions regarding homosexuality, and questions of what it means for church leaders to be accountable.
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United Methodist ‘rabbi’ honored by Jewish school

Rev. Lowell McCoyThe oratory of hundreds of rabbis across the United States bears the influence of a retired United Methodist minister. The Rev. Lowell McCoy, 95, taught speech for more than half a century at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.That school has created a Rev. Lowell McCoy Prize in Interfaith Relations. The annual award for a graduate student will be featured in a school fundraising banquet on Sunday, Oct. 26, in Cincinnati.  (More ...)

 

 

 
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