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Luther's Reformation and ours

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Ken Carter

10/25/2017

October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Reformation is one of the streams that flows into the Methodist way of being a Christian; another is the spiritual life of the Moravians, and, yet another, is the ordered life of the Anglicans. But this fall is a significant season for us in our family tree, one that has shaped our lives in profound ways. It points us to remember the Reformation of Martin Luther.


Remembering Who We Are: Where covenant, justice and unity meet

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Ken Carter

10/18/2017

This fall I have used a simple drawing of three circles to portray something of where we are as a church in the present moment. The three circles are covenant, justice and unity. Covenantal people greatly value the promises we have made to God and to each other in baptism, in ordination and in consecration. They seek greater public accountability when our covenants are broken. Those in a search for justice participate in a history that gives greater rights and offers God’s grace and blessings ...


Remembering Who We Are: Finding our core

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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

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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.


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

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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

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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.


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

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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

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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 ...


Bishop Carter's 2017 Ordination Sermon: Bridges

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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 ...


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

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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 ...


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