In the aftermath of the special General Conference in St. Louis, HiRho Y. Park shares how United Methodists need to optimize our commitment to worldwide connectionalism; localized regional culture, internal diversity; and global mobility. In a word, United Methodists need to update ourselves for life in the 21st Century.
We call ourselves “Christians,” but what’s in a name? In this powerful message, Jacqueline Rose-Tucker, of the North Georgia Area of the United Methodist Church, uses the words of Haggai the prophet, the Apostle Paul, and the book of Hebrews to show how when we claim the name of Christ, we must remain obedient to Him as we move from fear to faith.
Rev. Cristian de la Rosa, of the Baltimore-Washington area of the United Methodist Church, takes a critical look at how many of the violent practices and processes that have led to the marginalization of women of color are intrinsically related to the introduction (as Catholicism) and re-introduction (as Protestantism) of Christianity in the Americas.
In April of 2016, United Methodist clergywomen gathered to explore the theme, “Birthing the Worldwide Church.” In this episode, Rev. Dr. HiRho Y. Park reviews the progress that’s been made and looks at the challenges that remain.
By Jacqueline Rose-Tucker.
In June 1989, I was appointed to the Calvary United Methodist Church. It was one of the first inner city churches to transition from a white congregation to a Black congregation as the city of Atlanta felt the impact of the “white flight” phenomenon. In a sanctuary that seated more than six hundred, less than thirty people attended on Sunday mornings. When I arrived, the fellowship hall floor bore the evidence of a backed up septic system, the roof leaked, there was no air conditioning, the electrical wiring system was faulty, the gas was off, the power company was threatening disconnection, and the insurance had been cancelled.
By Choi Hee An and Jacqueline Beatrice Blue.
Over the twenty-year period, dramatic changes related to clergywomen’s participation in local church ministry regardless of their race, marital status, clergy partners, or denominational backgrounds has occurred. Our current research shows that the retention rates in local church ministry of clergywomen have increased, and that many clergywomen are actively participating in local church ministry. However, the primary reason for leaving the local church ministry for clergywomen has not changed over the past two decades.
By HiRho Park.
In spite of the overwhelming success of the 2006 United Methodist Clergywomen Consultation celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of full clergy rights for women in the Methodist tradition, the need for an in-depth, regional level of discussions about contextual issues related to clergywomen and substantial participation of central conference representatives had been identified.
By HiRho Park.
Many United Methodists came home from Florida feeling confused and disappointed about what happened during the 2012 General Conference.
Leaders of The United Methodist Church came from all around the world—988 delegates, the Council of Bishops, and agency staff—hoping for fruitful results from this gathering. Even though we did not all agree on a few critical issues, such as changing the structure of the church, removing security appointment of elders in good standing, divestment in support of Palestinian Christians, and the full participation of LGBT United Methodists into the life of the church, somehow we all knew that changes should happen related to those issues, because we all acknowledged that a living entity such as The United Methodist Church is always in the process of evolvement.
By Anita Philips.
What does the Lord require of us? According to Micah 6:8, we are required to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God. The Editorial Circle of Wellsprings, in considering issues of importance to United Methodist clergywomen, chose this scripture to be the focus of the current issue. Our discussions and discernments of what it means to be faithful and responsive to what God requires of us led us to consider four aspects of this simple scripture that seem to have special application to us as clergywomen. These four are: effectiveness, inclusiveness, accountability, and support. You will find these concepts woven throughout the many pieces of this WellSprings issue as our writers consider Micah’s vital question.
By By HiRho Y. Park.
How do people encounter otherness? Of course, “othering” has been useful for forming national boundaries and identities. However, I define “otherness” as a point of connection within God’s creation because it completes the holistic circle of creation by mirroring the other side of revelation of God. We see the other side of God in others from their “otherness.”