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Charlottesville and the call to be the Church of Jesus Christ

The Bishop's Blog

Ken Carter

8/18/2017

We need to create Christian communities that embody an alternative to hatred, as expressed, for example, in the words of Jesus in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5.1-16). We are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. And this will happen as we open our Bibles, as we kneel at our altars, as we receive the grace of the body of Christ, and, yes, as we will fulfill the promises of our baptisms.


B-CU graduate named USDA Director for the Office of the Chief Scientist

On the Move

6/30/2017

Dr. Dionne Toombs, a 2003 graduate of Bethune-Cookman University was recently appointed to Director for the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


When a new pastor arrives: Five essential keys to beginning a relationship

The Bishop's Blog

Ken Carter

6/29/2017

This week a number of men and women have left a community and a congregation and have traveled to begin a new ministry. This process is physically, emotionally and spiritually challenging. The appointive cabinet’s role in reflecting on the gifts of clergy and sending them to assignments began in December and continued through the middle of April. Our work included prayer, consultation with laity and clergy and listening. In the end, the appointments were affirmed at the Florida Annual ...


Bishop Carter’s reflections on AC 2017

The Bishop's Blog

Ken Carter

6/23/2017

In reflecting on our gathering in Orlando, I give thanks for the laity and clergy of our Annual Conference. These are the images that remain with me, a few days later: Tammy Pawloski’s call to our local churches to intervene in the lives of children at risk, and the testimony of her own adopted son. Hundreds of people kneeling at the altar at the invitation of Bishop Pereira of the Methodist Church of Cuba. Jorge Acevedo and Alice Williams embracing after their witness, which included a ...


Pastor Andujar empowered by HANA Scholarship

On the Move

6/23/2017

Josias Andujar, recently appointed to serve as lead pastor of Pine Ridge United Methodist Church, describes how receiving the HANA Scholarship became life changing and empowering.


Bishop Carter's 2017 Ordination Sermon: Bridges

The Bishop's Blog

Ken Carter

6/20/2017

Florida is a beautiful state, a long peninsula situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. It is also covered with bodies of water, lakes, rivers and inter coastal waterways. We were attracted to this place because of water and nearness to it. We have called this a fountain of life. The tradition of American evangelicalism is closely aligned with camp meetings and arbors that were located near sources of water, perhaps for baptism. And, farther back, the holiest sites of our own ...


Suchan joins leadership team at Children's Home

On the Move

5/15/2017

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

The Bishop's Blog

Ken Carter

4/27/2017

(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

On the Move

4/20/2017

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

The Bishop's Blog

Ken Carter

3/23/2017

"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 ...


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