Brian McLaren will lead C&S retreat on social justice

Learn how faith connects with social justice at a retreat April 19-20 at Canyon Camp, sponsored by the Conference’s Board of Church & Society and Peace With Justice Committee.

Keynote and workshop leader will be Brian McLaren, an internationally-known author and activist. His book "Naked Spirituality" will be used in the workshop. Award-winning singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer will lead music and also direct a workshop. Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. will preach.

Early-bird registration has been extended. Sign up at

Exodus House receives funds

A general church grant has been renewed for the Exodus House program of Oklahoma’s Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries (CJAMM).

Exodus House will receive $7,399 from the General Board of Church & Society. At sites in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Exodus House assists persons newly released from prison as they re-enter society.

GBCS has awarded more than $150,000 to the program since 2006.

Church revs up for car show

The Second Annual Open Class Car Show will be June 22 at Douglas Boulevard UMC in Midwest City.

Staging the event involves all the church’s members. Registration is now open. Find information on the church website,,  or call 405-732-3035.

Agencies OK Saint Paul move

Key accrediting agencies have approved the move of Saint Paul School of Theology from its longtime primary location in central Kansas City, Mo., to the suburban campus of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, in Leawood.

Saint Paul seminary’s satellite campus at Oklahoma City University continues its regular schedule. Saint Paul intends also to begin classes at the new location in the fall.

Reported in March, the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission agreed to the move.

Ancient music on display

Wilma and Paul Hamilton, pastor at Seiling UMC, view the Bauer Choir Page they donated to Oklahoma City University. Their gift was unveiled Feb. 26 in the Leichter Listening Library of the Wanda Bass School of Music. Paul said the shape of the music notes helps in dating the page, which bears a tune for Psalm 138. The relic is believed to be part of a monastic choirbook used between the eighth and 14th centuries. Perhaps the page was torn from its book during World War II, as Catholic leaders deconstructed antiquities and stored pieces separately to prevent them from being burned. According to Paul’s family history, violinist Jaroslav Bauer acquired the music in the 1950s from Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bauer’s widow gave the page to Robert Hamilton, who was her younger brother and Paul’s father. In 2006, it was passed on to Paul. The page is on permanent display at the School of Music, suspended in a special case designed by OCU’s new director of the music library, Dr. Beth Fleming.

Photo by Amelia Ballew

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