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Bishop Jimmy Nunn Response to Tree of Life Shooting


Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh   I write filled with the feeling of dismay, as once again, senseless violence has struck a community of faith in the United States.  The Tree of Life Synagogue in the division of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh was attacked last weekend and as of this writing, eleven people were murdered.  Please join me in condemning this violent expression of hatred.    Words of condemnation have their place.  But in the context of this era, a greater understanding of others is ...

It’s never too late to get on the bus


I felt my phone vibrate, alerting me that I was receiving an incoming call. On the other end of the line, a voice gently said, “Bishop, where are you? We are all supposed to be on the bus.” I glanced at the time on the clock and I was twenty minutes late. I hurried to the bus, boarded to the amusement (and perhaps annoyance) of the people. They were all in their seats. I had let time get away from me. From that time forward, someone had to ask the question, “Is the bishop on the bus?” I am not ...

The compass and the horizon


As my plane flew into the clouds and we lost sight of the ground below or the sky above, I thought about a World War II pilot. After fulfilling his service to the country, Bill became a pilot trainer. He loved to talk, especially about flying airplanes. On more than one occasion, Bill would say that he could completely disorient me if I would allow him to blindfold me, seat me in a chair, and spin the chair around three times. I never let him try that. I took his word that anyone who undergoes ...

Fear and focus


The letter of instruction ending with four ominous words: “Watch out for rattlesnakes.” As I finished packing for the mission work trip, those words jumped out at me again. I have never liked snakes, especially rattlesnakes. My last encounter with a rattler had been almost a decade prior to this trip. I was a director at a church camp for elementary children. I happened upon a camper who had discovered and was approaching a rattlesnake. I quickly got the child away from the snake, sent someone ...

Out to the edge


By Bishop James Nunn At this point in our United Methodist journey, it is imperative that we focus on basic concepts and principles that connect us in ministry. Our stated mission of the church is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” The church faces challenges, as it always has. The metaphor of the desert, or the wilderness, has been used to describe today’s challenges. Being in the desert may evoke fear; however, the desert is the place where God often ...

Episcopal priorities for 2018-19


Editor’s Note: The following remarks are taken from Bishop Nunn’s Episcopal Address given on May 29, 2018. By Bishop James Nunn At the root of every quest is a question or series of questions. I broadly frame our Oklahoma Conference quest this way: “How do we reclaim our purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changing circumstance?” With this question in mind, we will examine our key priorities for the work of our ministry together. Effective leadership The first priority of the ...



"The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church is joining other churches and people of various faith traditions in issuing a joint statement printed below.  I join with these colleagues in support of families.  While the current news cycle highlights tragic experiences of people trying to enter the United States, I remind us that outrageous actions against families and children occur every day throughout the world.  Children are the most innocent victims of war, oppression, violence, ...

Bishops get ‘Way Forward’ report


BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church received a report from the Commission on a Way Forward during the Council’s meeting April 30-May 4 in Chicago. The Commission had been assigned to examine all paragraphs about human sexuality in the denomination’s Book of Discipline and to explore options to maintain and strengthen the Church’s unity amid conflicting theological views. The work of the Council and Commission was guided by the mission, vision, and scope of ...

Do we live in the shadows?


BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN As a church, are we in a penumbra? What is that?   The word comes from the Latin and combines two words meaning almost and shadow. Are we shadows of what God is calling us to be? Are we almost what God intends us to be? A similar word, from the field of science, is eclipse. We enjoy seeing these astronomical events — the solar or lunar eclipses that occur when the earth, sun, and moon are in special celestial alignment. In medical terms, a penumbra is an event that occurs ...

Be a great disciple


BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples for the transformation of the world. But how do we know that a disciple has been formed? John Wesley wrote that the marks of discipleship are faith, hope, and love. Those are insights that define discipleship. In addition to these, I believe there are four concepts that shape the pathway of discipleship. The first mark of discipleship that I list is found in what has been called the Great Commandment. This ...

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