Be Encouraged: Notes and Thoughts from Bishop Trimble

I'm not leaving the Church!

I'm not leaving the Church!

My grandparents, Julius and Lucile Pryor, and parents, John and Marybelle Pryor Trimble, were members of Old Ship African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church in Montgomery, Ala. My mother, who is 96 years old, still remains connected to, and shares a part of her tithe with, Old Ship AME ...

A time to pray, preach, and denounce hatred

A time to pray, preach, and denounce hatred

Brothers and Sisters,  It is time for us to pray, preach, and denounce hatred. 97-year-old Rose Mallinger and ten others were shot and killed during Shabbat worship at the Tree of Life Jewish Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Saturday morning, ...

A message from Bishop Trimble: Hurricane Michael

A message from Bishop Trimble: Hurricane Michael

Once again, prayer is in order as we watch and hear news of the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. Many living in Indiana have connections to family and friends in regions of Florida and other southern states that have been most heavily damaged by record-setting winds, rains and ...

I am United Methodist...even though

I am United Methodist...even though

I am United Methodist...even though  Every day is not sunny Even though I have heard some really lousy sermons…and I was preaching Even though I have been accused of singing hymns too loud Even though I think John Wesley was cool but not nearly as important as Jesus Even though Little...

Can we talk: Continuing the Conversation

Can we talk: Continuing the Conversation

Friends, There is redemptive value, as well as rewarding possibilities when we are willing to talk to each other. Conversations can lead to healthier communities and deeper Christian relationships when we seek to graciously listen, understand, and respond to one another. When we talk we ...

Bishop Trimble invites Conference members to District Conversations on A Way Forward

Bishop Trimble invites Conference members to District Conversations on A Way Forward

District Conversations on a Way Forward: An invitation from Bishop Julius C. Trimble from Indiana Conference UMC on Vimeo. Beloved Community, Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ whose abundant love is always with us! As United Methodists, our mission, both collective and ...

We Can't Go Back, Let The Children Come

We Can't Go Back, Let The Children Come

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, and those of other faith traditions and beliefs: When our neighbor is in need, we are called to respond. As we continue to hear, see, and read the accounts shared, in recent days, of children harmed by the brutal act of separation at our country's ...

Noblesville: A Time for More than a Moment of Silence

Noblesville: A Time for More than a Moment of Silence

On Friday, May 25, violence, which has hit more schools than any of us can name across our nation, came to Indiana as a school shooting occurred at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Indiana. Again, we are called to prayer. We pray for the two individuals who were injured, a ...

Happy Birthday UMC: Celebrating Heritage Sunday and 50 years of United Methodism

Happy Birthday UMC: Celebrating Heritage Sunday and 50 years of United Methodism

Tomorrow is Heritage Sunday and our United Methodist Church was born 50 years ago. As many of you have seen, our Conference Committee on Archives and History has shared articles on how we came into being as one church and I am encouraging local churches to take time to celebrate the ...

We are not alone: A pastoral letter from Bishop Trimble

We are not alone: A pastoral letter from Bishop Trimble

Sisters and brothers in Christ,  There is hurt, here in our Church and around the world, over this decades-long debate about our differing understandings of sexual orientation in the context of the Bible and the inclusion of all God's children at the table. We have a long road to go, but ...

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