Arkansas United Methodist

The Arkansas United Methodist is the monthly publication of the Arkansas Conference, designed to bring the good news of the faith and witness of United Methodists across our state.

Hope UMC Holds Ecumenical VBS

The definition of ecumenical is promoting or relating to unity among the world’s Christian churches. Rose Gagon is doing precisely that at First United Methodist Church in Hope for the second summer in a row! In 2017, Rose met the new Baptist pastor of First Baptist...

Mission u Gears up for Four Days of Fellowship, Fun

Mission u is a chance for United Methodist women and girls throughout the state of Arkansas to come together and study important issues affecting society, and this year’s Mission u will cover topics like radical discipleship, 150 years of United Methodist Women’s...

One planet, one chance to get it right

I’ve been thinking a lot about our planet lately. Not in a spacey kind of way, imagining the stars and planets and the endless wonder of the cosmos (although, that is something that takes up a lot of room in my brain as well). When I think about the planet these days,...

Lucie’s Place Finds New Life in Historic Building

In 2014, First United Methodist Church Little Rock purchased the property at 307 W. Seventh St. At the time, the building was severely dilapidated – the structure was abandoned for several years after its last tenant moved out – and in serious need of interior and...

Can We Affirm A Common Core?

The “Common Core” refers to an often controversial set of state standards for education that was enacted a few years ago and is still supported in most states. The Common Core is knowledge that students should know by the end of a particular grade. The goal for the...

UMFA Hosts Endowment Seminar

On April 30, clergy and laity gathered in the Lusk Training Center of the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas to hear from UMFA staff and Rev. Dr. Jim Bankston, retired pastor from St. Paul’s UM Church, Houston, Texas. The seminar focused on endowment fund...

Tom Trenney to Lead Hymn Festival, Summer Workshop

Kurt Kennedy and his daughter, Tish Davenport, first encountered Tom Trenney at the 2015 Dallas Church Music Workshop at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas. “My dad came up, and he and I attended together, it was really neat to do together,” Davenport...

Let’s Double Down

We are in a tender time. Our beloved church is as polarized as our nation. Almost everyone is experiencing tremendous pain. Those who should be united in Christ are deeply divided. Hope seems to be at a premium. And in all honesty, I do not know whether we will be...