Worship

Theology and Education
The Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, Calif., faces a court order to sell its Claremont campus to The Claremont Colleges, a neighboring consortium. Given the relatively low price the seminary would get under a 1957 legal agreement that the court found is still valid, the United Methodist seminary is considering appealing or seeking arbitration. Photo courtesy of the Claremont School of Theology.

Claremont School of Theology ordered to sell campus

United Methodist seminary’s challenges mount as court enforces a 1957 repurchase agreement with neighboring consortium.
Faith Stories
Jay Weaver, a founding member of popular Christian band Big Daddy Weave and a lifelong United Methodist, passed away from complications of COVID-19 on Jan 2. Photo courtesy of St. Paul United Methodist Church via Facebook.

Remembering Jay Weaver of Big Daddy Weave

The lifelong United Methodist was a founding member of the popular Christian music group. He passed away due to complications from COVID-19.
Local Church
The God’s Flock children’s choir from Belmont United Methodist Church sings “Away in a Manger” during an outdoor service in 2021 at Rose Park in Nashville, Tenn. In this second Advent season during the COVID-19 pandemic, the church held two Christmas Eve services, one of them outdoors. United Methodist congregations are making adjustments to keep parishioners safe as the omicron variant surges. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches face another test with omicron

Some United Methodist congregations in the U.S. return to online-only gatherings as case numbers mount.
Worship
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Spanish-language United Methodist hymnal, Mil Voces Para Celebrar, which introduced new texts, tunes and rhythms for worship. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Spanish-language hymnal turns 25

Mil Voces Para Celebrar was no mere imitation of the United Methodist Hymnal, offering new tunes, texts and rhythms for worship.

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