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Bishop Ken Carter shares resources, reflections on Called General Conference

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Sisters and Brothers of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church:   Grace and Peace to you in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Living Savior, our Judge and our Hope.   I serve as the bishop of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church and in addition for a two-year term, as the president of the Council of Bishops, representing our global denomination. The United Methodist Church will gather in St. Louis for a special session of the General Conference to discern a “way ...

Holiness (All Saints Day, 2018)

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True religion according to John Wesley is happiness, and happiness is true religion. It is the necessary integration of the love of God and neighbor, or what he described as gratitude and benevolence. There is no separation of these two. And as we come to love God and our neighbor more fully, the image of God, which is love, is restored in us. This image is deeply Trinitarian: The Father who sends the Son, the Incarnate Son Jesus who bears witness to that Creator and who died on the Cross that ...

An Integrity of Faith and a Clarity of Witness: Can the U.S. Church Rediscover its Voice and Honor its Lord?*

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The summer has been a long one for the church, a parched wilderness in which we have experienced not showers of blessings but the relentless heat and light shining upon our sins and failures. +In our United Methodist Church, we continue the slow journey toward a special called General Conference to discern and debate our impasse over understandings of human sexuality in the church. This impasse creates anxiety about the future, fuels judgment about others across ideological lines, strains ...

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.

“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.

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 ...

Remembering Who We Are: Finding our core

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In conversations with the Florida Conference cabinet and later with a small team of persons on the Commission on a Way Forward, we sought to gain more clarity and definition of what is at the core of who we are as United Methodist Christians.

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