156. Creating Openings for God

Can it be Lent already? As a pastor, I was keenly aware of the movement of the church year—Advent, Lent, Pentecost, etc. Our church planned for special emphases, sermon series, retreats, church-wide studies and readings. As a bishop, I sometimes find myself surprised to realize that a key spiritual season is upon us. Such was […]

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29. What Does a Bishop Do? Reflections on Activity and Achievement

Within the world of United Methodism, many people know about the work and ministry of bishops. Bishops are often treated with great deference, sometimes regaled against, frequently respected, and many times fairly unknown to the members and pastors of a conference. As in chess, many bishops are suspected of moving diagonally to get things done rather […]

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62. A Daughter of United Methodism

General Conference Notebook, April 30 The highlight of our work together on Tuesday was a visit from United Methodist laywoman and President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Security was tight, the building was secured by local police, and the President’s entourage arrived as Liberian Bishop John Ennis introduced President Sirleaf. Delegates and guests stood in applause […]

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