Support campus ministries through Gator-Seminole Showdown!

On the Move


Gator Wesley and FSU Wesley are using their annual rivalry football game, taking place this year on Nov. 25, to help raise funds. In the past four years, the showdown has raised over $51,000.

Children's Home breaks ground for new early education center

On the Move


The Florida United Methodist Children's Home recently broke ground on the Lamar Louise Curry Early Childhood Education Development Center. The new building is expected to be completed late next year.

Luther's Reformation and ours

The Bishop's Blog


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

The Bishop's Blog


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

The Bishop's Blog


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


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


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


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


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


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).

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