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The United Methodist Podcast is all about the pastors, people, ministries and work of the United Methodist Church. The focus is telling good news stories which strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church and support the mission of Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of The World. The United Methodist Podcast also will address issues and matters which challenge the church and provide a forum for constructive discourse to take place over matters regarding the polity and practice of the United Methodist Church.
The United Methodist Podcast is a place for opinion and conversation among persons who care about the health and vitality of the United Methodist Church and is not in any way officially sanctioned by any part of the United Methodist Church.

United Methodist People Podcast Rev. Dr. Brad Miller

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The United Methodist Podcast is all about the pastors, people, ministries and work of the United Methodist Church. The focus is telling good news stories which strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church and support the mission of Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of The World. The United Methodist Podcast also will address issues and matters which challenge the church and provide a forum for constructive discourse to take place over matters regarding the polity and practice of the United Methodist Church.
The United Methodist Podcast is a place for opinion and conversation among persons who care about the health and vitality of the United Methodist Church and is not in any way officially sanctioned by any part of the United Methodist Church.

    UMPP:020. Jan Lawrence, Executive Director, “Reconciling Ministry Network”

    UMPP:020. Jan Lawrence, Executive Director, “Reconciling Ministry Network”

    In Episode 020 of the United Methodist People Podcast Rev. Dr. Brad Miller has a conversation with Jan Lawrence the Executive Director of the Reconciling Ministry Network.
     
    The Reconciling Ministry Network is comprised of over 40,000 Reconciling United Methodists and over 1,000 Reconciling Churches and Communities. Dozens of statements, open letters, and bold refutations of GC2019’s shameful decisions have emerged from the people, communities, and churches of the Reconciling movement across the connection. Since GC2019, these people who call themselves Reconciling have borne witness for justice in media outlets, performed same-gender weddings, organized gatherings, and continued in faithful ministry as called by their Creator.
    We are not only working on what is to come, but we are already living it. Justice movements within our Church can no longer seek justice by compromise. To do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God require us to rise and resist. 
     
    The United Methodist People Podcast with Rev. Dr. Brad Miller exists to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary.
     
    June 2019.
     
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    UMPP:019. The Methodist Reclamation Project w/ Rev. Chris Tiedeman

    UMPP:019. The Methodist Reclamation Project w/ Rev. Chris Tiedeman

    The founder of The Methodist Reclamation Project Rev. Chris Tiedeman is Rev. Dr. Brad Miller’s guest on Episode 019 of the United Methodist People Podcast.
     
    The Methodist Reclamation Project is a facebook group presence founded to respond to the decision of the 2019 General Conference to advocate a progressive/centrist viewpoint on the matters facing the UMC.
     
    Chris is the pastor or Christ UMC-Wabash, Indiana. 
     
    In this in-depth interview, Chris tells Brad about coming to the church when he was dating the daughter of a UMC pastor while they both were in a high school drama production of “The Beverly Hillbillies.”  He described how the openness of the UMC spoke to him and nurtured his faith eventually leading him into pastoral ministry.  He is known among other things as the “Ukulele Pastor” for playing and singing with his “Uke” in the community.
     
    He and some colleagues created the Methodist Reclamation Project to speak to effect change to save what can be of the United Methodist Movement.  He looks to affect the best future of the UMC moving forward.
     
    He spoke to Brad about his role as a “Grandpa Millennial” and his concerns about how the UMC has struggled to meet the needs of millennial and how passionate he is about this.  This includes his willingness to work through with others what Methodism will become in the aftermath of the 2019 General Conference decision to implement the Traditional Plan.
     
    Chris spoke from the heart to Brad about the “gutted” feeling he had about the pain many people associated with the LGBTQ community are experiencing now and how his compelled to take action in response to that.  This action included stepping up as a candidate for the General and Jurisdictional Conference.  (Note: Chris was elected as a delegate to the North Central Jurisdictional Conference by the Indiana Annual Conference)
     
    Chris describes his present attitude about the church as “fraught but hopeful” which he describes as being encouraged by the movement of centrist/progressive UMC people in an anxious time and a defining moment in the church.
     
    His desire, he tells Brad, is to focus on Jesus and move beyond any distraction to this focus.  He describes himself as a “Jesus Person” teaching others in the UMC that the need to be Jesus to others an outpost of the Gospel.
     
    You will want to listen and learn from Chris Tiedeman the founder of The Methodist Reclamation Project on Episode 019 of the United Methodist People Podcast with Rev. Dr. Brad Miller.
     
    The purpose of the United Methodist People Podcast is to strengthen the connection in the UMC through conversation and commentary.
     
    Rev. Dr. Brad Miller
    June 2019
     
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    • 47 min
    UMPP:018. Shannon Priddy-National President United Methodist Women

    UMPP:018. Shannon Priddy-National President United Methodist Women

    Shannon Priddy is the national president of the United Methodist Women and candidate for election to become a delegate to the 2020 General Conference from the Indiana Conference.
    In Episode 018 of the United Methodist People Podcast, she is interviewed in depth by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller.
    Shannon shares with Brad her faith in Jesus Christ in growing up and her local church involvement with United Methodist Women inspired by UMW’s emphasis on missions, social justice, and inclusion.  She got involved with leadership in UMW in her local church (North UMC-Indianapolis) and her leadership ability was affirmed by her rise to become the president of the national UMW.
     
    Shannon’s skills are arising furthermore as she has got involved with the UMCNext movement in response to the 2019 General Conference.  She talked with Brad about her experience at the May 2019 UMCNext conference in Kansas City, KS which called together progressive and centrist groups in the church to pray and process a strategy and response to the harmful nature of the traditional plan as approved by the 2019 General Conference.   She was moved by the deep conversations and convictions of the people she encountered at the UMCNext event and is committed to implementing reforms in the church.
    Shannon has stepped forward to become a candidate for election to represent the Indiana Annual Conference as a delegate to the 2020 General Conference.   She shared with Brad her motivations and expectations in becoming a candidate.
    Shannon is a passionate advocate of deep conversation, especially with people you are in disagreement with, expecting the Holy Spirit to work mightily in the church and living under the protection of the Grace of God.  She believes when the church does these things that community will be restored and will be a proper response to this time of distress in the church.
    Shannon Priddy brings much value to the listener of Episode 018 of the United Methodist People Podcast with Rev. Dr. Brad Miller.
    June 2019

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    UMPP:017. Room for All Coalition-Rev. Duane Carlisle and Rev. Jill Howard

    UMPP:017. Room for All Coalition-Rev. Duane Carlisle and Rev. Jill Howard

    In Episode 017 of The United Methodist People Podcast Rev. Dr. Brad Miller has a conversation with Rev. Duane Carlise from Indianapolis Broadway UMC and Rev. Jill Howard from Indianapolis-Rosedale Hills UMC who are instrumental creating the Room for All Coalition.   
    The Room for All Coalition brings together several like-minded progressive advocacy groups in the UMC in Indiana to plan and strategize about next steps for the UMC.
    They speak with Brad about their experience at the UMC Next Conference recently held at UMC Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City KS.
    Both Duane and Jill are offering themselves as candidates for election to 2020 General Conference from Indiana and speak to Brad about their willingness and calling to serve the church in this manner.
    The is an important conversation that addresses difficult matters facing the UMC in a defining moment in church history.
    Rev. Dr. Brad Miller
    June 2019
     
     

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    UMPP.016: Indiana Area Bishop Julius Trimble - “Stay Astonished and Be Encouraged”

    UMPP.016: Indiana Area Bishop Julius Trimble - “Stay Astonished and Be Encouraged”

    Bishop Julius Trimble returns to the United Methodist People Podcast in an in-depth interview with Rev. Dr. Brad Miller. 
     
    Bishop Trimble shares with Brad his spiritual disciplines including his devotional practices and working out regularly as well as his practice of praying with his wife in the care before any trip.
     
    The Way Forward was the focus of much of the conversation with Bishop Trimble emphasizing a few points:
    His belief that differing views on human sexuality should not be a church-dividing issue. Concern that focusing so much on matters of humans sexuality in the church distracts from the primary purpose of the United Methodist Church to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.” Hope that the UMC will handle our disagreements in such a way that love Jesus is not obscured and be a model to a world in disarray.  
    Brad concluded the interview by asking Bishop Trimble about his future hopes for the UMC which included admiring the vitality and ingenuity of younger clergy and new ministries developed to serve people impacted by opioids and Fresh Expressions of ministry and worship in non-traditional settings.
     
    The purpose The United Methodist People Podcast is to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary to accomplish the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
     
    December 2018
    Rev. Dr. Brad Miller
    Bishop Julius Trimble

    • 56 min
    UMPP.015: “Hearts at Peace” A Conversation with Rev. Lisa Schubert Nowling

    UMPP.015: “Hearts at Peace” A Conversation with Rev. Lisa Schubert Nowling

    The purpose of the United Methodist People Podcast with Rev. Dr. Brad Miller is to strengthen the connection int eh United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary to fulfill the mission of the United Methodist Church of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In Episode 015 Brad has a deep conversation with Rev. Lisa Schubert Nowling the Senior Pastor or College Avenue United Methodist Church in Muncie Indiana and an Indiana Conference delegate to the 2019 General Conference. Lisa tells Brad about her early faith formation in being nurtured and encouraged in her local church to sept into leadership and eventually answering the call to ministry complimented by here training an skills and education in journalism and French. Lisa has special affinity for serving people in the margins of life on matter of social justice and enhancing the influence to the local church to achieve life transformation Lisa expressed to Brad her concerned about the state of the church and how the UMC is struggling to relate to many generations of people driven in many ways by the failure of the UMC to understand and respond to the context of the 21st century world. She goes on to go deeper int eh matter of context in regards to the understanding and preparing for the 2019 General Conference regarding g the way forward. She lays out in some detail the nature of the traditional, one church and connectional conference plans. She talks about the merits and challenges of each and shares with Brad why is leaning toward supporting the one church plan as the best approach to saving the unity of the church and the UMC’s ability to continue to impact the world for the Good News of Jesus Christ. She unpacks with Brad her concerns in two area’s prior to going to General Conference those be differing views of interpreting Scripture and the need too approach the sensitive matters of human sexuality at the General Conference with a heart of peace. Perhaps the most impact statement that Lisa made to Brad on Episode 015 the UMPP was that her hope for the UMC is not in General Conferee but in Jesus Christ. This is an important issue the United Methodist People Podcast in understanding and relating to the matter facing the UMVC on the way forward. Please listen, share with other and subscribe, rate and review on iTunes. Doing All the Good We Can, October 2018 Rev. Dr. Brad Miller

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