My 20/20 Predictions, Part 2

By Mike Coyner My last E-pistle shared my predictions for what things will be like in the United States and in The United Methodist Church in the year 2020. Some of you have responded that you thought my predictions were pretty pessimistic, and I suppose that is true. So let me continue this process by [Read More…]

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My 20/20 Predictions, Part 1

By Mike Coyner Hindsight is always 20/20 they say, but I want to try my hand at some foresight for the year 2020. I am choosing that year because it is beyond my own tenure as bishop, and because we all hope for 20/20 vision. Here is what I anticipate our world will be like [Read More…]

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How is Your Halo?

By Mike Coyner How is your halo? I don’t mean the circle of light surrounding your head, as displayed by many artists in the Middle Ages to identify saints of the Lord. No, I mean the “halo” in terms of your immediate physical surroundings – roughly one yard in each direction around you like a [Read More…]

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On not knowing what to say

Christian leaders who are obligated to speak out on current events don’t have to join the media noise. Silence says more than punditry, writes a seminary professor. This post originally appeared at Faith & Leadership. By Jason Byassee It has been a while since the sickening week during which we watched the videos of two [Read More…]

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Charleston entrepreneur writing new story for day laborers

Derek Snook’s social enterprise staffing company, In Every Story, pays higher wages, rewards reliability and hard work, and aims to transition workers to full-time jobs. This post originally appeared at Faith & Leadership. It’s 5:45 a.m. and still dark in Charleston, South Carolina, darker still in the shadows beneath Interstate 26, the main corridor into [Read More…]

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Who is My Neighbor? A Response to Racism

By Mike Coyner During the NCJ Conference last month, the candidates for bishop were asked in a forum sponsored by BMCR (Black Methodists for Church Renewal), “What question do you think we in the church have not yet asked or not yet fully answered?” Several of the candidates gave excellent answers, of course, and it [Read More…]

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