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The United Methodist People Podcast
66 minutes | May 4, 2021
47. All Things “Room For All Coalition” - Advocating Inclusion of LGBTQ+ Persons in The United Methodist Church with Alberto Hidalgo, Rev. Jerry Rairdon and Rev. Mary Dicken
In Episode 47 of “The United Methodist People Podcast,” Rev. Dr. Brad Miller engages in an in-depth conversation with three core leaders of The Room For All Coalition. The Room For All Coalition was formed in the Indiana Annual Conference in 2019 as a response to decisions made at the 2019 General Conference which (RFA) considered destructive to the church by bringing harm to persons who identify as LGBTQ+ and their allies.Alberto Hidalgo îs a layperson from the Broadway UMC in Indianapolis who became heartbroken when he saw the UMC make a decision that when against his passion regarding inclusivity in the church. He got involved with The Room for All Coalition and is was elected as a Jurisdictional delegate from the Indiana Annual Conference.Rev. Mary Dicken is an ordained Deacon in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, currently serving at Meridian Street United Methodist Church in Indianapolis and previously serving churches throughout southern Indiana and in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is passionate about connecting the church with the hurts and hopes of the world, creating space for sacred questions, and making room for people who have not always felt comfortable or welcome in the church.Rev. Jerry Rairdon is the Lead Pastor of First UMC-Noblesville, Indiana. When the decisions at the 2019 General Conference troubled him to his soul he received a spiritual leading to do something about it. This leads him to become one of the founding members of The Room For All Coalition.All three of these leaders shared their faith stories and how that lead them to become a part of The Room For All Coalition.The conversation Brad had with RFA leaders dealt with an honest assessment of the state of the church including the uneasiness regarding the delay in the General Conference until 2022 and how the stress of not making a decision is problematic.The discussion leads to the listening and learning the RFA has been doing with local churches and church folk which is a part of sharing and interpreting the agenda of RFA to be inclusive of LGBTQ+ folk.The conversation concluded with a discussion by all parties on a vision and hope for the church moving forward.Episode 47 of The United Methodist People Podcast is an important listen for any person wanting to understand the position of groups like the Room For All Coalition.The United Methodist People Podcast has the mission of strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary. it is published by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller an Elder in the Indiana Annual Conference Mary Dicken email@example.comJerry Rairdon firstname.lastname@example.orgAlberto Hidalgo email@example.com://www.roomforallin.org/https://www.facebook.com/RoomForAllIN
67 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
46. A View on Ministry from Seminary Students in Such a Time as This - A Conversation with Rachel Haines and Mackenzie Phillips
Seminary Students Rachel Haines and Mackenzie Phillips are Rev. Dr. Brad Miller’s guests on Episode 46 of The United Methodist People Podcast.They spoke to Dr. Brad in-depth about college and seminary life and their perspectives on ministry in a time of the pandemic, social, political, and racial unrest and division in the United Methodist Church.Rachel Haines is a 2018 graduate of Emory and Henry College in Virginiaand a student at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Mackenzie Phillips graduated from Hope College in Michigan in 2020 and is a student at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She serves as Associate Pastor of High Street United Methodist Church in Muncie, Indiana.Both women are from Ft Wayne Indiana and both are members of St Joseph’s UMC. They discussed the importance of their home church in their faith formation through youth groups and church camps.Going deeper - the conversation led to how the students were experiencing diverse situations and people in their college and seminary experiences and exploring scriptural studies and developing their own personal ministry philosophy and theological perspective.The students discussed women in ministry and the importance of understanding context and perspective in ministry settings and to really be good listeners.They talked about the challenges of entering ministry during a time of the covid pandemic and the social, political, racial unrest that has pervaded every aspect of life the last year.Moreover, they talked about entering the ministry in the United Methodist Church during a time of division in the church. They saw that this opened up opportunities to apply their gifts and graces to make an impact upon the world through their willingness to serve and face the challenges before them.Indeed, they are choosing to see a lot of hope in the world and in the UMC as serving the church in new ways is now more needed than ever and they are called to look for the good in people and the church and the word. Episode 46 of The United Methodist People Podcast with Rachel Haines and Mackenzie Phillips is an absolute encouraging word to the church from our emerging leaders who are teaching us to always “do all the good we can.”The Mission of The United Methodist People Podcast is to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary and is published by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller an Elder in the Indiana Annual Conference.
52 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
45. How to Make a Comeback after a Fall with Rev. Dr. Roger Ross author of “Comeback: Returning to the Life You Were Made For”
Episode 45 of The United Methodist People Podcast, with Rev. Dr. Brad Miller, features a conversation with Rev. Dr. Roger about his book “Comeback: Returning to the Life You Were Made For”Roger is the Director of Church Excellence in the Missouri Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and former pastor and church planter in Illinois. In this conversation, Brad and Ross talk about the factors which lead to the disaster of a fall be it personal or something out of our control like a worldwide pandemic or dissension in the church and respond to the fall in such a way as to find a way to come back better than ever.Brad and Ross discuss five elements crucial to having a comeback and in particular, he advocates five transforming practices which when applied to your life can give you a practical and doing pathway to find your way to come back after a fall.This conversation is a great foundation for using the book and the accompanying workbook to apply to your personal life and to teach in small group settings in the local church.The book “Comeback: Returning to the Life You Were Made For” is available at Cokesbury, Amazon, and is published by Abingdon Press.https://www.cokesbury.com/Come-Back-2?refq=roger%20rossRoger Ross blogs a www.rogerross.online and is available for speaking, coaching, and consulting.The United Methodist People Podcast is published by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller with the purpose of strengthening the connection in The United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary.
55 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
44. “Making the Road As We Walk It” A Conversation About Seminary Education in Challenging Times with President Javier Viera from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
President Javier Viera from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Indiana Area Bishop Julius Trimble are Rev. Dr. Brad Miller's guests on Episode 44 of The United Methodist People Podcast for an in-depth conversation about seminary education in challenging times.President Viera assumed leadership of the Evanston, Illinois campus on January 1, 2021, after serving on the faculty and administration of Drew University School of Theology. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Viera is the first person of color and the first Latino to hold the office of president in the seminary’s 167-year history.President Viero spoke about his personal faith in Jesus Christ and his pathway which lead him to the Presidency at G-ETS prior to diving into a conversation about the challenges and opportunities in theological education in the present context of society and matters impacting the United Methodist Church.President Viero quoted the Spanish poet Machado “making the road as we walk it” as descriptive of the situation facing seminaries. In particular, President Viera said “one of the things that that we are facing as a seminary is the fact that we're training people for a world that we do not yet fully understand, and that we aren't certain of what it will look like.”He talked about theological education is a gift to the church because often the seminary is the place for engaging in dialogue and critical analysis of, of the brokenness of the world and wanting to be a part of, of the healing and the restoration, and resourcing the place of the church to lead in that regard.The conversation led to a discussion of the purpose of graduate theological education itself. He concluded beyond academics in many ways seminary is a graduate school of leadership, and of public service, and of sending people out into the world to serve in those capacities. This is a must listen to any United Methodist leaders invested and interested in the importance and future of seminary education.Folks can learn more about President Javier Viera and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at www.garrett.edu.The mission of the United Methodist People Podcast is to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary and is published by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller who is an active Elder in the Indiana Annual Conference of the UMC.Rev. Dr. Brad MillerMarch 2021Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
54 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
043: Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and Bishop Julius Trimble talk about Racism, Peace and Justice, The January 6 insurrection at the Capitol and a Future Hope for the United Methodist Church.
Two Bishops join Rev Dr. Brad Miller on Episode 043 of The United Methodist People Podcast. Bishop Julius Trimble of The Indiana Episcopal Area along with Bishop Bishop LaTrelle Easterling of the Baltimore-Washington Episcopal Area engages in an in-depth conversation on matters of peace and justice, racism, the Capitol insurrection of January 6, and the state of the United Methodist Church.Bishop Easterling spoke of her personal experiences in dealing with the impact of the January 6 events in her community. She talked about how she was taken aback but not surprised by the violence of that day. She talks about how the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference was prepared to respond to the violence as they had already experienced vandalism and violence at African American UMC’s in Washington DC during the Black Lives Matter gatherings of the summer. Bishop Easterling spoke a prophetic word about the power and meaningfulness of the word “truth” in such a time as this referring to the story of Moses and Aaron from Exodus 32.Bishop Trimble spoke about the legacy of racism faced by baseball great Hank Aaron as well as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and the importance of taking the gospel seriously in a time when racism and other social ills have arisen.Both Bishop’s spoke about the state of the United Methodist Church and how they maintain hope that the church will carry thought withy the biblical teaching to love God whole and seek to be whole.This is an important episode worthy of the listener's time and attention.The United Methodist People Podcast is published by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller. The purpose of The United Methodist People Podcast is to strengthen the connection in the Unit4ed Methodist Church through conversation commentary. Rev. Dr. Brad Millerunitedmethodistpodcast.comFebruary 2021Bishop LaTrelle EasterlingBaltimore-Washington Episcopal Areahttps://www.bwcumc.org/about/bishops-office/Bishop Julius TrimbleIndiana Episcopal Areahttps://www.inumc.org/bishop/
44 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
UMPP.042: A United Methodist Response to the Attempted January 6, 2021 Capitol Coup. A Conversation with Bishop Julius Trimble and Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of UMC Board of Church and Society
Indiana Bishop Julius Trimble and Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of The United Methodist Board of Church and Society are Rev. Dr. Brad Miller’s guests on Episode 042 of The United Methodist People Podcast.This episode centers around a United Methodist Response to the attempted coup and violent insurrection at the United States Capitol building January 6, 2021.Bishop Trimble wrote an article entitled “A Letter to Martin Luther King, Jr” on the occasion of the MLK Holiday which spoke to the unrest in our country and the response of the United Methodist Church to the violence.Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe wrote a statement on January 13, 2021 calling on the US Senate to impeach, convict and bar former president Trump from holding public office again.In the discussion attention is given to a Christian and biblical understanding of peace, justice and righteousness. In particular lifting up MLK vision of “a beloved community” and rejecting “distorted Christianity” and “faith misappropriated.” Episode of 042 of the United Methodist People Podcast is helpful tool for any United Methodist Christian Clergy or Member looking to formulate your own response the disturbing events in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.January 2021Rev. Dr. Brad MillerThe United Methodist People PodcastUnited Methodist PodcastGeneral Secretary Calls to Bar President Trump from Public OfficeBishop Trimble's Letter to Martin Luther King, Jr
54 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
UMPP.041: A Taxonomy of United Methodist Centrists with Rev. Glenn Knepp
In Episode 041 of The United Methodist People Podcast Rev. Dr. Brad Miller talks with Rev. Glenn Knepp about the article A Taxonomy of United Methodist Centrists. which he authored in the online publication United Methodist Insight. https://um-insight.net/perspectives/a-taxonomy-of-united-methodist-centrists_1/. Glenn talks to Brad about his call to ministry his involvement in the church through his local church and the Indiana Annual Conference and his views on the state of the United Methodist Church. In particular Brad and Glenn discuss his article where he takes on the topic of analyzing and breaking down his understanding of centrists in the United Methodist Church. He uses the term taxonomy to describe the categorization of the myriad of approaches many UMCs take who would neither self-describe themselves as traditionalists or progressives in the ongoing dilemma in the UMC but do know they prefer a path which seeks to find more common ground over those who see division in the church. They are the rather large group of people called “Centrists.” This is fascinating discussion on the very nature of our beloved United Methodist Church done in a clever way which wordsmiths the various approaches which is a part of the present dilemma of division in the United Methodist church as we face the probability of schism in the near future. The conversation that Glenn and Brad have in Episode 041 of The United Methodist People Podcast will give food for thought to the listener who loves the United Methodist Church - particularly to those who identify as “Centrist.” November 2020 Rev. Dr. Brad Miller The Article: “A Taxonomy of United Methodist Centrists” https://um-insight.net/perspectives/a-taxonomy-of-united-methodist-centrists_1/
47 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
UMPP.040: “Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem” with author Rev. Todd Outcalt
In Episode 040 of The United Methodist People Podcast Rev. Dr. Brad Miller interviews Rev. Todd Outcalt the author of “Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem.” The book is a daily devotional guide from Advent through Epiphany emphasizing the pilgrimage journey of that all people take through Advent to Christmas to Epiphany following the biblical narrative of the journey of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. Brad and Todd talk about the book in the light of the challenging journey most people are facing 2020 in a time of pandemic, social and political unrest and stresses in the church. The conversation is deep and introspective and will be helpful to not only readers of the book but also to people looking for pragmatic ways to navigate challenging pilgrimages in their own life and take heart in the anticipation, inspiration, hope and wonder of the Advent, Christmas, Epiphany story through this engaging conversation. The purpose of the United Methodist People Podcast is to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary. Rev. Dr. Brad Miller October 2020 https://www.cokesbury.com/Let-Us-Go-Now-to-Bethlehem https://upperroombooks.com/book/let-us-go-now-to-bethlehem/ https://www.amazon.com/Todd-Outcalt/e/B000APJLDW?ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vu00_tkin_p1_i0
63 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
UMPP.039: "Understanding Biblical Justice in Such a Time as This" with Pastor Rob Fuquay Pastor Nicole-Caldwell-Gross and Bishop Julius Trimble
The murder of George Floyd in May 2020 stunned United Methodist people everywhere including the members of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Many members called for a response from the church and Senior Pastor Fuquay and Associate Pastor Nicole Caldwell-Gross responded by developing a message series and other resources on understanding biblical justice as a starting point to respond to institutional racism. These resources included a website www.antiracistindy.com which contains blog posts and resources targeted toward eliminating racism. Indiana Area Bishop Julius Trimble joins Rev. Dr. Brad Miller in a conversation with these two pastors about what led to the creation of the sermons series and resources and the greater vision they have to serve church leaders to respond to institutional racism in their churches and communities. The emphasis of the messages and resources are particularly targeted toward seeking greater understanding scriptural references on justice and the meaningfulness of biblical justice as a starting point in responding to institutional racism in comparison to cultural or societal starting points to justice. Episode 39 of The United Methodist People Podcast can be a great resource to pastors and church leaders looking to respond to racism and matters of injustice in their communities and congregations with a starting point of the Bible as a starting point. The mission of United Methodist People Podcast with Reverend Dr. Brad Miller is to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary in order to fulfill our churches mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. September 2020 Reverend Dr. Brad Miller 1. https://www.stlukesumc.com/sermon/understanding-biblical-justice 2. www.antiracistindy.com
78 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
UMPP.038: The Unique Ministry of Rev. Dr. Sid Hall-Pastor of Trinity Church Austin, Texas
The unique ministry of Rev. Dr. Sid Hall pastor of Trinity Church Austin Texas is the focus of Episode 038 of The United Methodist People Podcast with Rev. Dr Brad Miller. The ministry journey of Sid Hall is unique in several ways unpacked in this in depth interview with Brad including: His 33 year ministry at one pastoral appointment, Trinity Church, Austin Texas. The journey of transforming Trinity from struggling for survival to a thriving eclectic congregation serving a community that is multicultural, multiracial, diverse sexual orientations and gender identities not far from University of Texas campus. Sid lead Trinity to became one of the first churches in Texas and indeed in the United States to become a reconciling ministry congregation (in 1992) outwardly affirming and welcoming of LGBT persons. Sid is unique because when it became apparent that there was an uncertain future for LGBTQIA+ persons in the UMC Sid and Trinity found a provision in the book of discipline which allows a local a local church to reorganize as a co-affiliated church with another denomination. This is exactly what Trinity UMC did under Sid’s leadership in 2015 becoming a church that was reorganized as Trinity Church of Austin co-affiliated as both a United Mehtodist Church and United Church of Christ congregation. Sid also speaks to Brad about his take on the present state of the United Methodist Church and his hopes for the future of the UMC. There are unique lessons to learn from Rev. Dr. Sid Hall here in Episode 038 of The United Methodist People Podcast with Rev. Dr. Brad Miller. The Mission of the United Methodist People Podcast is to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary to serve the mission of the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Rev. Dr. Brad Miller September 2020 https://www.trinitychurchofaustin.org/
59 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
UMPP.037: Rev. Michael Mather-Author of “Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places”
Rev. Mike Mather is Rev. Dr. Brad Millers guest on Episode 037 of The United Methodist People Podcast. Mike is the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Boulder, Colorado after serving 17 years in the inner city of Indianapolis at Broadway United Methodist Church. He is the author of ““Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places” which chronicles much about his ministry at Broadway. In this deep conversation Mike reveals many of the transformative aspects of urban ministry which he describes as ministry on the edge of a knife. The focus of the conversation was around recognizing the dignity of the ministry of all persons in and around the local church and not depending on corporate programs to do ministry. Mike and Brad share many stories of ministry and the people which you will find engaging on Episode 037 of the United Methodist People Podcast. https://fumcboulder.org/ firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.cokesbury.com/Having-Nothing,-Possessing-Everything
56 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
UMPP.036: Dr. Paul Chilcote “Author of Active Faith: Resisting Four Dangerous Ideologies with the Wesleyan Way” with Bishop Julius Trimble
On Episode 036 of The United Methodist Podcast Rev. Dr. Brad Miller and Bishop Julius Trimble talk with Dr. Paul Chilcote retired United Methodist Theologian about his book “Active Faith: Resisting Four Dangerous Ideologies with the Wesleyan Way” PAUL CHILCOTE is a devoted follower of Jesus, a United Methodist minister, missionary and artist. A frequent speaker and workshop leader in applied Wesleyan studies, particularly in the areas of spirituality, worship, discipleship, and evangelism, he is the author of twenty books. He has been involved in theological education on three Continents, serving as a missionary in Kenya, and as a founding faculty member of Africa University in Zimbabwe. His primary interests revolve around Wesleyan theology and spirituality. He has always had a concern to bring Charles Wesley out from under the shadow of his older brother, John. He has published a number of devotional works and has helped rediscover the legacy of many women in Christian history, particularly Methodists. He is past President of The Charles Wesley Society and the Academy for Evangelism, and enjoys a special relationship with Mt. Angel Abbey in Oregon as a Benedictine Oblate. With his wife, Janet, he has five daughters (Sandy, Rebekah, Anna, Mary, and Ruth) and four grandchildren (Alyssa, Collin, Levi, and Isabella). Having children or sons-in-law born in El Salvador, Kenya, Korea, and the United States, his family spans four continents. The mission of The United Methodist People Podcast is to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary and is published by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller. Rev. Dr. Brad Miller August 6, 2020
60 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
UMPP.035: Transformation through Courageous Conversations with Rev. Michelle Cobb and Bishop Julius Trimble
On episode 035 of The United Methodist People Podcast Rev. Dr. Brad Miller is joined by Rev. Michelle Cobb, Executive Director of e4potentialliving.org/ and Indiana Area Bishop Julius Trimble. Bishop Trimble and Rev. Cobb engaged in a deep dive conversation about the courageous conversations needed to respond to racism. Rev. Cobb described her early faith and the impact of her childhood experience of facing racial hatred when she as a black student was bussed to a predominately white school in her hometown of Gary Indiana. Rev Cobb went on to share her reactions to the killing of George Floyd and how this raised the awareness racial injustice among people beyond people of color. She is the Executive Directory of e4potentialliving.org/ which provides resources and services on racial justice training, intercultural competency training designed to engage, equip and empower their clients to engage across racial lines to maximize community transformation. A key part of the conversation centered around engaging in courageous conversations on all matters racial justice in the community and in the church. Moreover, the point was made that beyond courageous conversation that the time is at hand for action to be taken to effect policy and practice on matters of racial injustice. The point was made that in the United Methodist Church we have the all the right words in all the right places in the Bible , The Book of Discipline and The Social Principles to speak to racism, what is needed is the implemention of the words. The mission of the United Methodist People Podcast is the strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary. The United Methodist People Podcast Rev. Dr. Brad Miller July 15, 2020 e4potentialliving.org/
55 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
UMPP.034: Listening Before Acting- A Conversation with Dr. Phil Amerson and Bishop Julius Trimble.
Dr. Phil Amerson president emeritus of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary joins Dr. Brad Miller and Indiana Bishop Julius Trimble on Episode 34 of The United Methodist People Podcast. Dr. Amerson has spent his career writing, teaching and speaking about racism, institutional leadership, urban community development and the role of congregations in addressing poverty and discrimination. Dr. Amerson speaks about his early faith development as a “cradle” United Methodist attending many revivals growing up. He talks about the definition transformative experience he had in ministering in Harlem and Panama had on his views on justice and poverty. He tells a fascinating story getting to know members of the Ku Klux Klan personally and helping lead them bring a most unique offering into a worship experience. Dr Amerson and Bishop Trimble engaged in an in depth discussion about Black Lives Matter and social justice issues in our country and in the United Methodist Church. A major focus of the conversation was around taking time to listen to others before taking action. Indeed, Dr Amerson cited his research which showed that the worst way to address racial bigotry is to preach a sermon about it. The emphasis is how we don’t know each other. We have to listen to understand the depth of the problem and then act. Dr. Amerson and Bishop Trimble pointed to signs of hope in the United Methodist Church in the call and the involvement of young clergy and leaders who are speaking a prophetic word to the church and looking to creation out of chaos. The United Methodist People Podcast is produced by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller. The purpose of The United Methodist People Podcast is strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary. Rev. Dr. Brad Miller July 6, 2020 https://www.inumc.org/bishop/ https://philipamerson.com/about/
53 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
UMPP.033.The Importance of Doing Right Over Being Right. A Conversation about Racial Relations in The United Methodist Church with Dr. Carolyn Johnson and Bishop Julius Trimble.
On Episode 033 of The United Methodist Podcast Rev. Dr. Brad Miller is joined by Bishop Julius Trimble and Dr. Carolyn Johnson for a discussion about racial justice and relationships in the United States the world and in the United Methodist Church. Bishop Julius Trimble is has served as the resident Bishop of the Indiana Area of The United Methodist Church since 2016. Dr. Carolyn Johnson is the Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue University and is active nationally in Black Methodist for Church Renewal is a past national president of United Methodist Women and a member of St Andrew’s UMC in West Lafayette Indiana. Bishop Trimble and Dr. Johnson share their views of the state of the world regarding racial relations since the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. In particular Dr. Johnson spoke about how Mr Floyd has gained respect in death which was not afforded to in life. She went on to describe about the how the movement sparked by the death of Mr. Floyd has caused all people see racial relationships and injustice through a “new lens.” The new lens goes to emphasis with people of all races that racism is real and not some sort of figment of the imagination. Dr. Johnson called on folk to not be observers but to be participants in the cause of racial justice. She also discussed how the statement Black Lives Matter is a plea to be heard and is not an indictment that devalues the lives of others. She sees signs of hope in the ability of people to be morally outraged by racial injustice and say “no more.” Bishop Trimble concluded the conversation by referring to 1 Corinthians 12 as a challenge in how United Methodist should speak to the matter of racial injustice. The United Methodist People Podcast is produced by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller with the mission of strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary. https://www.purdue.edu/dro/ https://www.inumc.org/bishop/ unitedmethodistpodcast.com
39 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
UMPP. 032: Bishop Julius Trimble on How Black Lives Matter in Creating A Beloved Community.
In Episode 032 of The United Methodist People Podcast Bishop Julius Trimble speaks to Rev. Dr. Brad Miller about his reaction and reflections on racism in the light of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis MN on May 25 by police officers and the subsequent nationwide marches and protests for civil rights, racial equality and police accountability. Bishop Trimble speaks about his own experiences as a black man in experiencing racism and describes how the matter of racism is systematic and is prevalent matter in the minds of all people of color. He talks about his reaction to seeing the video of the killing of George Floyd and how it impacted himself and how he thought that event set into motion the protest for reform around the country. He related how the killing has raised the consciousness of racism to the surface for while people. Bishop Trimble went on to describe the biblical foundations for speaking to peace and justice and racism and how our churches and clergy can step up their involvement in the movement to creating a beloved community. He believe the the call that Black Lives Matter is a part of the role of Christians and the church to value the lives of all people and that a true beloved community cannot be created apart from this call. Bishop Trimble closed his conversation with Rev. Dr. Brad by challenging anglo clergy and laity to take the next steps of peace, justice and racial harmony by prophetic teaching and activism in their ministry context. The Untied Methodist People podcast is created by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller with the purpose of strengthening the connection in the United Methodist church through conversation and commentary. June 8 2020 Rev. Dr. Brad Miller
52 minutes | May 27, 2020
UMPP.031: A Conversation about Church Finances with Ian Hall - Indiana Conference Director of Administration and Financial Services.
On Episode 031 of The United Methodist People Podcast Rev. Dr Brad Miller and Indiana Area Bishop Julius Trimble welcome Ian Hall the indiana Conference Director of Administration and Finances. Ian shared with Brad and the Bishop his faith journey including the important role of church camp in is faith development and call into service in administrative roles in the church. In his role as director of finances Ian spoke about the challenges facing local churches and and the annual conference ministries in the wake of the extraordinary circumstances of the corona virus pandemic. Ian shared the resources and leadership that his office can offer to local churches in particular assisting them in making connection to such tools as online giving and government assistance. The conversation included an assessment the fiscal health of the UMC including health insurance and pension matters. A highlight of the conversation with Ian was his hopeful assessment that many local churches are not only maintaining but exceeding their previous levels of giving toward mission and ministry. Bishop Trimble conclude the conversation with a devotional thought about hope in the middle of the covid-19 crisis and a prayer for the financial health of the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist People Podcast is produced by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller with the purpose of strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary. Rev. Dr. Brad Miller May 27, 2020 Ian Hall
45 minutes | May 19, 2020
UMPP.030. Being Encouraged by Young Clergy in a Time of Pandemic
In Episode 030 of the United Methodist People Podcast Rev. Dr. Brad Miller continue to partner with Indiana Bishop Julius Trimble to encourage United Methodist People in the age of a pandemic. In this episode Bishop Trimble welcomes two younger clergy to the podcast to respond to how younger clergy are responding to the distinctive circumstances of doing ministry during a quarantine and navigating the present presses and crisis caused by the dissection i the United Methodist Church. Rev. Ross Stackhouse is the pastor of a new church plant Heaven Earth Church located in Whiteland, Indiana and Rev. Julia Gonzales is the Associate Pastor at St. Mark’s UMC in Carmel, Indiana. The two pastors speak to Bishop and Dr. Brad about the unique challenges that they face in their family life, marriage and ministry especially in light of the quarantine. In particular Bishop Trimble posed to both young clergy the Wesleyan question: “How Is It With Your Soul?” The reply of both the pastors is something that the listener will want to hear centering around coming to terms that everything is “Not OK” in the world right now and how we need to respond with trust, grace and self-care. Bishop Trimble concluded the conversation with a prayer of encouragement and protection for Pastor’s Julia and Ross their families and for all folks in need of a word of grace from the Lord. There are important insights for all United Methodist People in this roundtable conversation with Rev. Julia Gonzales and Rev. Ross Stackhouse being encouraged by Bishop Julius Trimble in Episode 026 of The United Methodist People Podcast with Rev. Dr. Brad Miller. The Untied Methodist People Podcast is published by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller with the purpose of strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary. Rev. Dr. Brad Miller May 19, 2020 https://www.stmarkscarmel.org/about/julia-pritchett/ https://heavenearthchurch.org/ https://www.inumc.org/ unitedmethodistpodcast.com
22 minutes | May 11, 2020
BE.08: “A Heart Strangely Warmed in a Pandemic”-Being Encouraged with Bishop Julius Trimble
Bishop Julius Trimble brings an encouraging word to the United Methodist People Podcast as he speaks to Rev. Dr. Brad Miller about living an Aldersgate experience of a “heart strangely warmed” in an age of a pandemic. Bishop Trimble speaks of his own spiritual conversion at church camp as a youth and the to challenges of the church providing the environment of spiritual experience in church camps and on our college campuses in the era of a pandemic. Bishop also outlines some of the processes involved in getting churches prepared to come back together in personal worship through a plan of logistics, learnings and leadership. Bishop Trimble closed his conversation with Dr. Brad with a devotional message about developing a prayer movement in the church and there is no greater time to develop a choral movement of people committed to consistent prayer at all times and always. He encouraged all to respond in prayer to the question “What does it mean for us to be perfected in Christs Love?” The United Methodist People Podcast is produced by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller for the purpose of strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary. Rev. Dr. Brad Miller May 11, 2020 www.inumc.org
26 minutes | May 4, 2020
UMPP.028: Creating Space for Fear, Making a Path for Faith. Being Encouraged with Bishop Julius Trimble.
UMPP.028: Creating Space for Fear, Making a Path for Faith. Being Encouraged with Bishop Julius Trimble. Indiana Area Bishop Julius Trimble talks to Rev. Dr. Brad Miller on matters of fear and faith on Episode 028 of the United Methodist People Podcast. Their conversation updated plans in the church related to dealing with the quarantine caused by the cover-19 pandemic. A decision has been made to ask churches to continue to not meet in person into June. Bishop and Brad then had a lengthy conversation about how the stress caused by the pandemic has lead to a culture of fear among some that the church needs to speak to. Bishop believes that respect and room needs to be made for people to experience the reality of the fear prevalent in the pandemic. He goes on to talk about the need to ask God to strengthen our faith as a repose to facing our fears. Bishop talks about now is the time to lean into our United Methodist connections and use this opportunity to be the family of God and to be strong and courageous in the face of the fearful circumstances we find ourselves in. The United Methodist People Podcast has the mission to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary. Rev. Dr. Brad Miller May 4, 2020 inumc.org
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