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Bishop Dan Solomon and his family join McMurry University officials at the Oct. 15 dedication of Bishops Hall on the Abilene campus.

McMurry University honors Solomon

In Abilene, Texas, McMurry University recently dedicated Bishops Hall to honor three alumni who became episcopal leaders in The United Methodist Church. Among them is Bishop Dan Solomon, who served the Oklahoma Area 1988-96.

"It is quite humbling to be recognized in the naming of Bishops Hall," said Solomon, who retired in 2000. "McMurry prepared me in exceptional ways for my ministry as a pastor and a bishop, and continues to bless my life. I shall be forever grateful."

He graduated summa cum laude from the UM-affiliated university in 1958. Solomon currently serves as president of Texas United Methodist College Association and as Bishop-in-Residence at McMurry.

 E-book explores campus ministry

"The Promise of Campus Ministry: Theological Explorations" is a free electronic book that explores campus ministry as "a calling from God framed in the Wesleyan tradition," said Bridgette Young, with the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry. Find it at www.gbhem.org/publications.

Epworth Villa hires new president

John Harned will become new president and CEO of Epworth Villa, announced Oct. 27 by the United Methodist-related retirement community in northern Oklahoma City.

He will begin his duties in early December.

Harned previously served as executive director of Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson living community in Overland Park, Kan. The facility was ranked first among all 18 Erickson centers for resident satisfaction and second in employee satisfaction.

The new president is active in community work. He is financial chairman for the Southwest Liturgical Conference and the interfaith dialogue representative for Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries. Harned is a fundraiser for the Diocese of Tulsa Capital Campaign and has received the Parish Council of the Year award.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Theological Studies from Ave Maria University in Florida. He is a licensed nursing home administrator in Oklahoma as well as a Certified Public Accountant.

OU campus ministry plans basketball fun

The Wesley Foundation at OU will host "United Methodist Day" on Dec. 11 in Norman.

This event is open to all ages. Activities begin at noon at the campus ministry building, 428 W. Lindsey St.

Registration fee, $15 per person, provides lunch, T-shirt, and a ticket to the Tulsa/OU men’s basketball game. Deadline to register is noon Nov. 29. Call Pam at 405-321-6266 with the number of tickets needed and T-shirt sizes.

General Conference gets an identity

The theme for the 2012 General Conference is "Make Disciples of Jesus Christ to Transform the World," echoing the denomination’s mission statement.

The global meeting of United Methodists is scheduled April 24-May 4, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.

The logo that complements the theme depicts a cross (representing the presence of Christ at the center of our mission), with circles extending from it (expressing energy and movement in ministry), against a sun and blue water (representing Tampa).

The General Conference website address will be: http://gc2012.umc.org.

SIGN OF HOSPITALITY—Pastor Dan Eischen stands by Wetumka church’s new sign, purchased with memorial funds.
New directional signs will soon be in place along the highways that lead into the town in McAlester District.


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