Suchan joins leadership team at Children's Home

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The Florida United Methodist Children's Home recently promoted Diahann Suchan to vice president of Residential Services.

How We Got To Where We Are: A Brief Overview of United Methodism in 2017

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Ken Carter


(Note: For those who want to dive in deeply into what is happening in United Methodism in the present moment, I recommend the abundance of statements and interpretations that are easily accessible via the web. I am speaking in reference to the Called General Conference, the Judicial Council and the Commission on a Way Forward. This is something different—a brief overview of events that have led to where we find ourselves that can be read in 5-7 minutes.) 1. American Methodism began and ...

Historical marker dedicated at Florida Southern

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Sharing the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright to build a "college of the future growing out of the ground and into the light," Florida Southern dedicated a new historical marker on campus March 31.

Continuity and Change: Florida Conference approaches 2025

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Ken Carter


"The most effective leadership anchors change in the values, competencies and strategic orientations that should endure in the organization."  Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Martin Linsky, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership Without change, we are stuck in the status quo. Without continuity, we are disoriented, in chaos. Without change, we live in a stagnant pool of water. Without continuity, we are in permanent white water, without a paddle or a raft. Not Either/Or, but Both/And The ...

Subtraction: Lent and the art of learning to say no

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Ken Carter


A sermon taken from Matthew 4. 1-11 and preached at Duke University Chapel on March 5, 2017, and Bethune-Cookman University Chapel on March 8, 2017, by Bishop Ken Carter. When I was in the eighth grade I was a sports fanatic. Not much has changed! As a kid I played the three sports that were common in South Georgia culture: Basketball in the winter, baseball in the spring, football in the fall.  We did not have year round sports. Year round sports are unnatural, but that is another story.  So, ...

A Brief Report to the people of the Florida Conference on the Work of the Commission on a Way Forward

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Ken Carter


We concluded our second meeting yesterday, having met at the Board of Global Ministries in Atlanta. We are thirty-two people from four continents, and we reflect the global and theological tapestry that is the United Methodist Church. And within these men and women are a profound diversity of gifts (1 Corinthians 12). A few thoughts: We are grateful for the prayer and support of many of you! I hear this over and over again as I travel, preach and listen in the churches across our state. The work...

Lake Junaluska announces "Love Your #Selfie" summer youth events

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Area youth groups are now invited to register for Lake Junaluska's 2017 summer youth events. The "Love Your #Selfie" theme was created to inspire young people to participate. This year's events take place between June 11 and July 2.

Children's Home opens new foster care office

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The Florida United Methodist Children's Home recently announced the opening of a new foster care office in Broward County. It's the center's third foster care location serving the state of Florida.

Faithful discipleship in a time of turbulence

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Ken Carter


The core of the teaching of Jesus Christ is the Beatitudes. At the heart of these words, which frame the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), is a reversal of the world’s values. To be a disciple of Jesus is not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12).

Children's Home awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation

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Florida United Methodist Children's Home was a recent grant recipient of a worldwide fund initiated by the Staples Foundation.

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