March 6, 2019

LGBTQ Methodists on Whether the United Methodist Church Will Ever Affirm LGBTQ People

To many LGBTQ Methodists and ex-Methodists, the General Conference vote is par for the course considering the UMC’s history of division when it comes to social issues. “Part of this is because of our history,” says Methodist seminary student Rebecca. “We are a church that is the result of many years of church splits and […]

February 27, 2019

A message from your webmaster

Hello all, this is Karlie, webmaster of the Trinity Tower website. As you can see in previous news posts, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church has voted not to allow marriage of or ordination of homosexual people at this time. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, know that there are a […]

February 27, 2019

The Hurt, The Hope, the Mechanics

Author: Rev. Dr. Mark Holland, Executive Director, Mainstream UMC “…Please reach out to the LGBTQ persons around you. At the end of the day, this was not about legislation, or tactics, or votes. This is about our people and my heart is broken for my people. Don’t cry first for the Church. Cry first for […]

February 27, 2019

2019 General Conference passes Traditional Plan

The Rev. Tim McClendon, South Carolina, called for a vote on the Traditional Plan as amended, which affirms the church’s current bans on ordaining LGBTQ clergy and officiating at or hosting same-sex marriage. Later, the Rev. Timothy Bruster, Central Texas, made a motion to request a declaratory decision by the Judicial Council on the constitutionality […]

January 29, 2019

United Methodists ramp up efforts to fight Ebola

BENI, Congo (UMNS) — More than 400 people have died from the Ebola virus in eastern Congo since the epidemic began in August. The death toll includes more than 50 United Methodists. Recognizing the magnitude of the crisis, The United Methodist Church has resolved to double efforts and intensify prevention activities. Chadrack Tambwe Londe reports. […]

January 28, 2019

When your church talks about you, without you

NEW YORK (UMNS) — As the church continues its debate over homosexuality, Jorge Lockward argues that discussion must be with LGBTQ people, not about them. He offers suggestions for how that can happen. Read commentary here

January 25, 2019

Lent Notations

Most of the time in the February Tidings, you would find information on Lent Happenings for our church. But in 2019, Lent does not begin until March 6th, with Ash Wednesday. More information on the Bible Study will come in the March Tidings.

January 21, 2019

Dementia and religion: ‘What if I forget about God?’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Some people of faith worry they might forget about God, says geropsychologist Benjamin Mast at the University of Louisville. But what remains intact is the part of the memory that’s held longest, he added, which can include hymns and creeds that people may have recited for years. “They will remember how to […]

January 19, 2019

Pittsburgh’s Polar Plunge

The Pittsburgh Polar Plunge will take place at the North Shore on Saturday, February 23, 2019. This is a fundraising event for the benefit of the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. The Penn Hills Police Team will be plunging again this year. This will be the ninth year for Chief Burton to lead the team and […]

January 17, 2019

Souper Bowl Sunday

February 3 will be our annual Souper Bowl Sunday for missions. This year’s proceeds will go the 2019 Summer Mission team, who is coordinating the lunch. Soups of all kinds will be served that day. Plan to stay after worship on Sunday, February 3 to enjoy various soups made by our various soup-makers. There will […]

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