Communications News

Deaconess/home missioner: Option for ministry by laity

published 7/28/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY When people, especially young adults, ask what the Church is doing in the world today, Elaine Robinson can provide an excellent answer. She points to a little-known but far-reaching ...

OIMC Ordination

published 7/7/2017
As hands are laid upon them, three clergy elders are ordained by Bishop Jimmy Nunn in an open-air tabernacle during the 2017 Oklahoma Indian Missionary Annual Conference, held June 8-11 at the ...

Passing the baton

published 5/19/2017
’Tis the season for clergy moves, and a late April event offered help with that transition for pastors arriving and exiting. Bishop Jimmy Nunn’s advice that day: "Lead with a question. Inspire ...

Son’s tribute reflects our gratitude to 2017 retiring clergy

published 5/19/2017
BY MATTHEW SCRAPER, PASTOR, OKC-SOUTHERN HILLS UMC A‌n open letter to my father, Randy ‌Scraper, on the Sunday of his ‌retirement: There is only one window in my office. I find myself looking ...

Delegates can meet artist

published 4/28/2017
Luncheon and Q&A session with the artist, Wednesday, May 31, for conference delegates and guests, OCU Norick Gallery. Sign up by choosing "OCU School of Visual Arts" among the meal options in ...

Fast facts, not mystery

published 4/28/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ What is fasting? Why are all United Methodists being urged to practice it as the denomination’s Commission on a Way Forward examines the Book of Discipline paragraphs about human ...

Get the app for Annual Conference news

published 4/28/2017
www.okumc.org/annual_conference BY HOLLY MCCRAY The A-to-Z aspects of Oklahoma’s Annual Conference begin with "app" and examine "Why?" (the theme) in sessions May 29-June 1 at Oklahoma City ...

It worked for us: winners

published 4/28/2017
Winners of the 2017 "It Worked for Us" awards have been chosen by the Board of Laity of the Oklahoma Conference. At the Celebrate the Laity Luncheon, on Tuesday, May 30, during Annual Conference, an ...

Master the media

published 4/28/2017
Get your smartphone and download Oklahoma’s Annual Conference app right now. You’ll find OKUMC in the iTunes (APP STORE) or Google Play store. This free software application, launched by your ...

OCU students make mission trek to Standing Rock

published 4/28/2017
Over the week of Spring Break, nine Native American students from Oklahoma City University joined an educational and mission experience at the Standing Rock Reservation, which spans the border ...

Prayers to fill conference week

published 4/28/2017
The week of May 28 to June 3 will be a special time for everyone in the Oklahoma Conference. Not only will it include Annual Conference, but also it will be a time for all Oklahoma United Methodists ...

Preacher’s kid finds door to Upper Room

published 4/28/2017
Deacon Beth Richardson teaches at Norman-St. Stephens UMC in March. BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Growing up as a preacher’s kid can be exciting, Beth Richardson says. Her family moved every few years in ...

Statistics help define seminary’s value in state

published 4/28/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The Oklahoma Conference’s five-year Special Apportionment is set to culminate this year for Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. That prompted a series of ...

Used Book Sale returns

published 4/28/2017
Coordinated by Oklahoma’s clergy retirees, the Used Book Sale again will be held on the first floor of the Kramer East Building — just east of the Freede Center at OCU — during Annual Conference. The...

Accrediting agency sanctions Saint Paul

published 4/7/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Saint Paul School of Theology must address issues that caused the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to change the United Methodist seminary’s status to "Accredited – on Probation." ...

Tulsa retreat on race examines current attitudes

published 4/7/2017
BY SHARI GOODWIN "I so appreciate how passionate and loving the discussions have been." "It’s important to ‘rub shoulders’ and become just people to each other." "We all must listen and learn — ...

Even small churches have HOPE

published 3/17/2017
When Jodi Cataldo offered H.O.P.E. to lay people from the smallest Oklahoma churches, her own story gave credibility to the presentation. She attends a small church too, although she works ...

Oklahoma Connections

published 3/17/2017
Bishop Jimmy Nunn continues a series of informal meetings as he begins the journey of relationship together with the people of the Oklahoma Conference.   Representatives of Hispanic/Latino ...

Upper Room representative to visit Tulsa and OKC

published 3/17/2017
Beth Richardson, director of creative content for The Upper Room and author of three books, has several upcoming appearances in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. • March 24, Celtic Christianity workshop, 7 ...

Apportionments drop $1.6 million

published 2/24/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY A‌pportionment giving fell by $1.6 million (3.2 percent) in ‌the Oklahoma Conference in 2016, compared to the previous year. Churches sent forward $13,292,544 in Apportionment ...

Get on the Bus to Tulsa: Let’s Talk About Race

published 2/24/2017
Join in timely conversation about racism and justice at this event in Tulsa. 6 p.m. March 24 — 3 p.m. March 26 Featuring: •    Keynote by Hannibal Johnson, author of “Black Wall Street — From Riot ...

A cautionary tale about church Wi-Fi

published 2/10/2017
Counsel about copyright compliance for churches that offer Wi-Fi access to guests comes from the Conference’s Communications Ministry. Those churches are strongly urged to require that each guest ...

Let’s talk about race

published 2/10/2017
Get on the Bus to Tulsa — Let’s Talk About Race," a weekend seminar, is planned in late March and sponsored by two Conference commissions: Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century and ...

Upcoming events

published 2/10/2017
  Cookson Hills fishing derby "Fishers of Men" Cookson Hills Center March 31-April 2 • Fishing derby on Lake Tenkiller • Wild game dinner, spring work projects, more at the mission center More ...

Church & Society aims to counter gun violence

published 1/13/2017
When the 2016 General Conference passed the resolution “Our Call To End Gun Violence,” a team went to work to provide relevant resources for United Methodist congregations. Then they presented that ...

Conference connection provides copyright licenses for all

published 1/13/2017
In February, the Oklahoma Conference will renew the umbrella copyright licenses that permit every local church to use the extensive collection of songs and movies specifically licensed through two ...

Help COSROW identify women to grow leadership

published 1/13/2017
BY JENNIFER AHRENS-SIMS Oklahoma’s Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) is seeking to bring greater balance in male/female leadership in both programming and administration at the ...

Where have all the boomers gone?

published 1/13/2017
Largest U.S. generation is missing in churches While United Methodism has been intensely focused on becoming younger and more diverse, people in the largest U.S. age group need attention, too, ...

Church historians’ sleuthing can turn up painful pasts

published 12/16/2016
BY LINDA S. JOHNSON, NORTH TEXAS CONFERENCE Being a church historian means telling the truth, even if it’s painful, Ted Campbell of Perkins School of Theology told local church historians at an ...

H.O.P.E. for a Changing Church

published 12/16/2016
Feb. 22, Pawhuska UMC Feb. 23, Fairview UMC at Slapout Feb. 25, Coalgate UMC Feb. 26, Anadarko-First UMC   Keynote: Jodi Cataldo, director of Laity in Leadership, of Discipleship Ministries ...

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference - New church at Durant reports progress

published 12/16/2016
Four years after the land was donated, construction of Chihowa Okla UMC at Durant has started. This is a new church in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. In late September, two teams of ...

Oklahomans join group in ‘ministry of memory’

published 12/16/2016
Celebrating Ted Campbell for distinguished service, organizing for 2017-2020, welcoming new board members, and blessing Bishop Jeremiah Park as he set off on a special mission to Mongolia ...

Welcome to the neighborhood

published 12/16/2016
 A Nov. 17 reception honoring Bishop Jimmy Nunn also provided a chance for him to learn more about Neighborhood Services Organization, a national United Methodist mission agency in Oklahoma City ...

OIMC honors Nunns’ arrival

published 11/18/2016
More than 200 people worshipped and feasted as the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) celebrated the assignment of Bishop Jimmy and Mary Nunn, on Nov. 6 at Oklahoma City University. They...

Boards call voters’ attention to state questions

published 11/4/2016
Leaders of two Oklahoma Conference boards have shared their members’ concerns about state questions that voters will decide on Election Day, Nov. 8. Seven state questions will be on the ballot. The...

It’s a merry social media Christmas with task force’s plan

published 11/4/2016
BY CHRIS BUSKIRK For this Christmas season, the Conference Evangelism Task Force is shifting its emphasis toward making the most of social media. We want to help people within your own church share...

First cabinet session with new Bishop

published 9/16/2016
 From left are Charlie Graves, Tish Malloy, Rockford Johnson, Greg Tener, Bishop Jimmy Nunn, Larry Bauman, Emery Mason, Joe Harris, Connie Gibson, and Dan Peil on Sept. 13 at the United Methodist ...

President helps dedicate new mission statement

published 9/16/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The scene of worshippers in a cozy circle beneath high, multi-hued sanctuary windows Aug. 30 showed the remarkable gift of community that is part of Saint Paul seminary life at ...

Bishop Nunn arrives in OK

published 9/2/2016
By Holly McCray Day two for Oklahoma’s new bishop, Jimmy Nunn, matches the publication date of this newspaper issue: Sept. 2. But Bishop Nunn went to work weeks before his official start date. For ...

Call to walk and pray unites diverse Christians

published 9/2/2016
By Holly McCray United in Jesus, more than 1,000 believers rallied for a prayer walk Aug. 15 that began on the west side of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and culminated in a prayer service at ...

Here I am, Lord

published 9/2/2016
Photo by Mark Foster "Thousands of tiny faces remain in my mind," wrote Mark Foster of Edmond about migrant children he met in Turkey. The pastor spent about a week with an international worker ...

Delegation leaders report

published 7/22/2016
General Conference 2016 A‌t the 2016 Oklahoma Annual ‌Conference on May 31, physician Don Kim and pastor Linda Harker reported on the denomination’s General Conference (GC), also held in May. ...

Missionary becomes U.S. citizen

published 7/22/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ The Fourth of July was a special one for Fuxia Wang, a missionary and the international director at the Wesley Foundation at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. After 20 years in ...

Statement concerning the Western Jurisdictional Conference episcopal election

published 7/22/2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 18, 2016   Statement from Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. of the Oklahoma Area, concerning the Western Jurisdictional Conference episcopal election July 15 =   To the people of...

Communicator fills toolbox with resources

published 7/1/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Royya James of United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn., made the journey to this year’s Annual Conference. When she spoke briefly to delegates, as part of Oklahoma’s ...

Cookson Hills mission expands impact on children, teens

published 7/1/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Cookson Hills Center has always been a big part of Larimie Fixin’s life. In fact, it often was the reason there was food to eat at home, said Fixin, who is now director of the ...

Saint Paul seminary names new president

published 7/1/2016
The Board of Trustees has named Neil Blair as president of Saint Paul School of Theology. He will begin his service on July 1. Rev. Blair is a 1980 Master of Divinity graduate of the United ...

Bixby church prays around the clock for GC

published 5/6/2016
Beginning at midnight, a tag team of Bixby-First members kept vigil for 24 hours on March 2, a day designated for all people of the Oklahoma Conference to pray for the General Conference (GC) and ...

New People, New Places

published 3/18/2016
    Grants totaling $670,740 were awarded by the NPNP Team to 22 projects, from among 44 applicants, especially designed to help the Church reach more, younger, and more diverse people in Oklahoma. ...

OIMC relocating headquarters

published 3/18/2016
Headquarters for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) soon will open at a new location, 602 SW 35th St. in Oklahoma City. Final interior renovations were under way on the building in ...