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Loving God, Loving Our Neighbor and Rendering to Caesar

The Bishop's Blog

10/12/2020

By Bishop Ken Carter Over the next two Sundays, the gospel passages in the Common Lectionary are Matthew 22:15-22 and Matthew 22:34-46. The first passage is the question of Jesus about paying taxes to the emperor. The second passage is the question of Jesus about the greatest commandment in the law. In between is a question about who will be married to whom, in the event of multiple marriages, in the life to come. This fall I have hosted an online Bible Study each Wednesday Night, for people ...


Resources on Race for the People of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

The Bishop's Blog

6/5/2020

Curated by Bishop Ken Carter, Dr. Sharon Austin, Rev. Alex Shanks, Dr. Candace Lewis, and Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans


Public Statements by Bishop Ken Carter

The Bishop's Blog

5/29/2020

May 7   I express my profound sadness and anger in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.  His life mattered and matters. Our annual conference has affirmed this, we have written statements about profiling and responded to Trayvon's death and held vigils and leaned into difficult conversations.  Yet the legacy of slavery and supremacy lives on.  To my African-American friends in the Florida Conference, some of whom I have spoken to today, I don't live your story and cannot know what this means each time,...


Why reopening a church is different

The Bishop's Blog

5/19/2020

Guest Blogger - Alex Shanks Why reopening a church is different


WORSHIP IN “THE GREAT ADAPTATION” by Paul W. Chilcote, PhD

The Bishop's Blog

3/27/2020

Guest Blogger - Paul W. Chilcote, PhD - I recently heard a new description for these unprecedented times in which we are living: “The Great Adaptation.” That label emerges from one of the central questions for a time such as this: What within each of us must adapt for the good of all? If we are fighting a battle against a virus as a human family, we are also fighting a more ancient battle against inherent selfishness.


What I am learning as I lead through the COVID-19 Crisis - 10 Thoughts for Leaders from Rev. Alex Shanks

The Bishop's Blog

3/20/2020

Guest Blogger - Alex Shanks What I am learning as I lead through the COVID-19 Crisis. 10 Thoughts for Leaders from Rev. Alex Shanks


Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone?

The Bishop's Blog

1/19/2020

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. in a season of violence and racism


Matching grant available for hospital medicines in East Angola

The Angola Blog

8/7/2019

Until December 31 this year, Global Missions of the Florida United Methodist Conference is making available a matching grant of up to $4,000 towards the purchase of medicines for the Quessua Mission hospital in East Angola.


They Will Know We are Christians by Our Love: A Post-General Conference Report from Bishop Ken Carter to the People of the Florida Conference

The Bishop's Blog

3/8/2019

We are now ten days beyond the conclusion of the General Conference in St. Louis. I have been in churches in the Southwest, Gulf Central and East Central Districts. This Sunday I will preach in a local church in the Atlantic Central District. We offered a webinar about the special session and over 2000 registered. (Click here for webinar.)   The decisions and outcomes continue to have a ripple effect in media and social media, in families and local churches, among laity and clergy.   Perhaps ...


Bishop Carter comments on the Special Session

The Bishop's Blog

2/26/2019

Dear Florida Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Some are grateful for the results of the Special Session.  And others sought a different outcome.  All of this will take some time to process. Human sexuality is a topic on which our people have differing views. As evidenced by the vote of the special session, we are a global church with very different contexts. We were not able to achieve contextual differentiation as envisioned by the Commission on a Way Forward. By a majority vote, we passed the ...


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