United Methodist Women letters urge Chevron to curb harmful methane waste

Driven by concerns for climate change and dangerous health impacts from pollution, United Methodist Women members urged Chevron’s new CEO Mike Wirth to address methane waste during their quadrennial “The Power of Bold” Assembly, May 18-20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio.

TBN brings week-long coverage of historic U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem beginning Monday, May 14th

Representing a historic moment for Israel and the United States, the U.S. will move its Israel-based embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem today. TBN will provide coverage of the events throughout the week from its broadcast headquarters in Jerusalem, featuring a team of Bible scholars, theologians and experts on the Middle East to provide crucial perspective on this unprecedented event.

Pioneer in Bible distribution turns 90

One of the leading evangelists of the 20th Century turned 90 years old on Friday, May 11. Known to the world as Brother Andrew, Andrew van der Bijl is the founder of Open Doors International, the oldest worldwide ministry serving persecuted Christians.

GP Catholic Services appoints Sharon Kucia as senior vice president

GP Catholic Services, a division of Graham-Pelton Consulting, announced today the appointment of Sharon Kucia as senior vice president. Kucia will provide senior-level leadership, developing relationships with clients as well as designing and leading fundraising campaigns for dioceses, parishes and other Catholic organizations.

People who regularly read Bible say it’s better than coffee to jump-start their mornings

The more engaged someone is with the Bible, the more likely he or she is to recognize their need for it on a daily basis, according to the latest State of the Bible research from American Bible Society. Among this group[i], 61 percent said they must have the Bible as part of their daily routines when given a choice between the Bible, coffee, sweets and social media.

Religion News Service embraces the future

Recent announcements at Religion News Service, including new staff and a pending $4.9 million grant, demonstrate the strategic adjustments RNS is making to honor its 84-year legacy and ensure its bright future.

United Methodist Women’s pre-assembly action events

United Methodist Women will turn their faith, hope and love into action at four action events related to its service and advocacy on Economic Inequality and Climate Justice leading up to and throughout its “The Power of Bold” quadrennial Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, May 18-20.

Religion News Foundation welcomes major grant to expand religion journalism

Religion News Foundation (RNF) today announced that Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved a $4.9 million grant to the Religion News Foundation (RNF) aimed at enhancing the quality and scope of religion journalism around the world. The Global Religion Journalism Initiative grant, conditional upon receiving a favorable determination regarding private foundation tax law requirements, would be an unprecedented investment in religion journalism.

Four new faculty members joining Phillips Theological Seminary

Dean Nancy Claire Pittman is pleased to announce four additions to the Phillips Theological Seminary faculty. The four new faculty members are:

Lisa D. Barnett, PhD, ThM, MDiv, BA, Assistant Professor of Christian History
Arthur F. Carter, Jr., PhD, MA, MDiv, BA, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Director of Black Church Studies
Warren Carter, PhD, ThM, BD, BA, LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament
Annie A. Lockhart–Gilroy, PhD, MDiv, BA, Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology. “We are pleased to welcome such top-level scholars to Phillips,” Pittman said. “They each bring rich backgrounds and research that will serve our students and churches in the middle of the country.”

Barnett received her PhD in U.S. history from Texas Christian University in 2017 and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Barnett has also received several academic honors including the Graduate Student Teaching Award from TCU and the Stone-Campbell Journal Promising Scholar Award.

Changes announced for NCR Leadership

Following its semi-annual board meeting April 27 in Kansas City, Mo., Tom Bertelsen, NCR Board of Directors Chair, announced that Caitlin Hendel, NCR’s chief executive officer, publisher and president, has submitted her resignation to be effective June 30, 2018.

Statement from the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church on the transition of James H. Cone

The African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrates the life, work, and legacy of Dr. James H. Cone. Dr. Cone’s theological purpose and project were to challenge the theological idolatry of white supremacy while encouraging the Black Church to be “unashamedly black and unapologetically Christian.” His classic works Black Theology and Black Power (1969), a Black Theology of Liberation (1970); and God of the Oppressed (1975) powerfully challenged theological, social, political, and ecclesiastical business as usual.