Church and Society News

Churches help out during walkout

5/18/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ United Methodists across Oklahoma stepped up to help when public schools closed, some for 10 days, in early April during a teacher walkout and protests at the Capitol about education. ...

The Social Principles

4/13/2018
2 Oklahomans give leadership to revising sections in Book of Discipline OKLAHOMA CITY — Clergymen Mark Davies and Stan Basler serve on two of the global teams of theologians and experts assigned by ...

‘Get on the Bus’ for civil rights tour

4/12/2018
In September, join Bishop Jimmy Nunn and other Oklahoma United Methodists who will travel by chartered bus to tour the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and Little Rock (Arkansas) ...

Consultant Payne advises churches on poverty ministries

4/12/2018
“God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right ...

Award will recognize Oklahoma advocate for women in ministry

3/2/2018
Every year the Oklahoma Commission on the Status and Role of Women gives the Frances E. Willard Award to an individual who makes a distinguished contribution to the advancement of women in ministry in...

Summer class digs into sustainability

3/2/2018
United Methodist college students have an innovative class option this summer through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and partners Oklahoma City University, Professor Mark ...

Ruby Payne will lead free seminar on poverty

2/9/2018
Spend “A Day with Ruby Payne” March 15 to gain insight and develop practical steps for your church’s ministry with the poor. Moore-First United Methodist Church will host the free seminar led by Dr. ...

Save the date

2/9/2018
Get ready for grand outdoor adventures! Registration is now open for this summer’s Oklahoma Conference Camps programming. Go to www.okcamps.org. Lake Country District Spring Lay Servant Training Feb....

What’s in a word? COSROW event explores gender influences

2/9/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Traditionally male “God-talk” and other word usage that may discourage women from considering a ministry career will be the topic of a Feb. 17 workshop planned by the Oklahoma ...

Domestic violence in spotlight

1/19/2018
The Oklahoma Conference is partnering to present “Safe Town,” a program on domestic violence awareness, on Feb. 27 at OKC-Church of the Servant. This one-day training, which is interactive, is made ...

See all the people: Ruby Payne brings insight on poverty

1/19/2018
On March 15 in Moore, Ruby Payne herself will lead a free workshop about understanding poverty, following her company’s presentation last fall of “What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty” ...

Church security

12/22/2017
Active-shooter training among ways Oklahomans prepare for crises BY HOLLY MCCRAY Some Oklahoma United Methodist churches invested in safety strategies months, even years, before a gunman burst into ...

Young adults work for racial reconciliation

12/22/2017
General church grant supports vision for 4 partner groups NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An Oklahoma group is among the first recipients of grants for United Methodist young adults who have a passion for racial ...

Church security: Questions rise after shooting at small church

12/1/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY and SAM HODGES The shooting tragedy on Nov. 5 at a Texas church has United Methodist churches expressing heartbreak and offering prayers. They’re also refocusing on security. A gunman’...

GCSROW examines clergy pay

12/1/2017
A recent article on the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women website reports pay disparities are widening between United Methodist clergy when comparing genders. The commission has ...

Tour will focus of racism in America

10/20/2017
Plan to “Get on the Bus to D.C.” in June 2018 and travel with other Oklahoma United Methodists to learn more about racism in America. The chartered bus trip is jointly planned by three Conference ...

Prepare for culture shock

9/29/2017
Responding to a crisis call, the police officer saw little to eat yet a massive TV and hundreds of videotapes inside the flimsy home. He wondered why entertainment seemed valued over food in that ...

Group encourages churches to become "greener"

9/8/2017
Churches can take a number of steps to reduce their impact on the environment, according to the Environmental Coalition of the Conference’s Board of Church and Society. The proposals comply with a ...

Justice retreat focuses on issue of ingrained racism

9/8/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Walled in by beauty at Canyon Camp, 80 people recently covenanted to tear down ugly walls of institutional racism in the Church. A 24-hour retreat culminated with agreement on ...

Retreat to tackle systemic racism

7/28/2017
Spend an evening listening. Personal stories of racism will open a justice retreat Aug. 25-26 (Friday evening-Saturday afternoon), hosted by the Board of Church & Society, at Canyon Camp. "Tearing ...

Just causes -- Eco-spirituality is focus for deaconess

8/28/2015
A box fan hummed and birds twittered outside open windows in July as Pat Hoerth discussed her concerns for God’s good earth. This United Methodist deaconess grew up "immersed in nature" on a ...

Caring for our planet

8/7/2015
Personal action at heart of new program The Environmental Coalition hopes to present its new educational program to a wide array of people — civic groups, other secular or faith organizations, even ...

Earth Walk will begin at UM Ministry Center

4/17/2015
Earth Walk will begin in the United Methodist Ministry Center parking lot in Oklahoma City on Earth Day, April 22. Live music will welcome people at 6 p.m. The walking route, just over 1 mile, will ...

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