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Remembering Who We Are: Finding Our Core

The Bishop's Blog

Ken Carter

10/10/2017

In conversations with the Florida Conference cabinet and later with a small team of persons on the Commission on a Way Forward, we sought to gain more clarity and definition of what is at the core of who we are as United Methodist Christians.


Letter from Bishop Carter post-Irma – with invites to Fall Gatherings

The Bishop's Blog

Ken Carter

9/18/2017

Bishop Carter announces establishing the Hurricane Irma Fund, and invites all to attend a Regional Fall Gathering. The theme for the events is Growing in our Trust of God.


Children's Home evacuated for Hurricane Irma

On the Move

9/13/2017

The Florida United Methodist Children's Home evacuated the children in residence at the Enterprise campus, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma. It was the first time that the campus had to be evacuated.


Anticipating Hurricane Irma, let our churches be present and in mission

The Bishop's Blog

Ken Carter

9/6/2017

Sisters and Brothers in the Florida Conference, Grace to you and peace in the name of Jesus Christ! The Florida Conference has strong teams and clear processes in place as we anticipate the coming of Hurricane Irma. A call center will be functional and superintendents have plans of action for their districts. We urge pastors to communicate more, not less, about how the local church is present and in mission during these days. Some will open their homes to colleagues and friends. Some are in ...


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 ...


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