Bishop Carter: Take a deep breath

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Sometimes I take a deep breath and appreciate what is happening across the Florida Conference.

The Gospel, a stranger and the burnt ends of the brisket (Luke 24. 13–35)

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Who was the stranger who joined us when we sat down to break bread together at the Haywood Smokehouse?

What is Wrong With the Church? (Psalm 51)

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With some regularity, I receive communications—letters, links to blogs, statements—about what is wrong with the church. I'm not complaining here. I am asking us to shift our focus.

Maurice Ware Becomes Administrator for Madison Youth Ranch

On the Move


Enterprise, FL – The Madison Youth Ranch welcomes their new Administrator, Maurice Ware. Madison Youth Ranch is the north Florida campus of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. Mr. Ware has over 24 years of experience in education and residential youth services, including psychiatric care. His career has ranged from an assistant high school principal to the CEO of The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mr. Ware has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood ...

“As Much Unity as Possible”: Reflections on 1 Corinthians 12

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The apostle Paul is writing to a divided church. There were divisions in the church, even in the first century. In this instance, the divisions were about the gifts of speaking in tongues (glossalia) and prophecy (prophetea). Some saw themselves as being more spiritual than others. Paul speaks into the context of the church in Corinth by using the framework of God’s gifts and grace.

2017 GBHEM Scholarship Recipient Report

On the Move


The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) recently announced that more than 2,500 students were awarded $5 million in financial assistance during 2017.

Support campus ministries through Gator-Seminole Showdown!

On the Move


Gator Wesley and FSU Wesley are using their annual rivalry football game, taking place this year on Nov. 25, to help raise funds. In the past four years, the showdown has raised over $51,000.

Children's Home breaks ground for new early education center

On the Move


The Florida United Methodist Children's Home recently broke ground on the Lamar Louise Curry Early Childhood Education Development Center. The new building is expected to be completed late next year.

Luther's Reformation and ours

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October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Reformation is one of the streams that flows into the Methodist way of being a Christian; another is the spiritual life of the Moravians, and, yet another, is the ordered life of the Anglicans. But this fall is a significant season for us in our family tree, one that has shaped our lives in profound ways. It points us to remember the Reformation of Martin Luther.

Remembering Who We Are: Where covenant, justice and unity meet

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This fall I have used a simple drawing of three circles to portray something of where we are as a church in the present moment. The three circles are covenant, justice and unity. Covenantal people greatly value the promises we have made to God and to each other in baptism, in ordination and in consecration. They seek greater public accountability when our covenants are broken. Those in a search for justice participate in a history that gives greater rights and offers God’s grace and blessings ...

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