Conference Audio Archive

Meet the new Central District Superintendent


Rev. Heecheon Jeon is the new Superintendent for the Central District of the Iowa Conference.  Thinking about this new chapter of ministry he said, I realized that this call has been made by many many prayers...I trust in God and in God's timing." "The Central District," Rev. Jeon observed, " is the place for savoring the differences in out ...

Iowa congregations receive Rethink Church grants


Three Iowa Conference congregations have received Lent-Easter digital advertising grants from United Methodist Communication's Rethink Church.  Rev. Ashleigh Joyner, Director of Local Church Outreach talks about Rethink Church and the wards to First UMC, Centerville, Grimes UMC, and Immanuel UMC, Des Moines.

'I have a feeling in my heart that I'm supposed to be persistent'


Rev. Mike Tupper, a United Methodist clergy from Michigan, will be sleeping in a tent on the grounds of the Iowa Conference center on Friday, March 4, 2016.  His continuing witness, of 175 days, is in support of LGBTQ persons within the church.  He talks about his experiences of officiating at his daughter's wedding to her partner and of ...

'I looked into their faces and saw the face of God'


Rev. Deborah Coble Wise talks about her mission experience in Greece caring for refugees from the conflict in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  In a wide-ranging conversation, with Dr. Art McClanahan, she reflected on being a volunteer, how harsh and cold it was, life in a refugee camp, the surprising number of children she encountered, and some of ...

Rev. Kiboko offers an update on his brother imprisoned in the Congo


Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko, Superintendent of the East Central District, offers an update on the condition and circumstances of his brother, Vano K. Kiboko. who is imprisoned in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Rev. Kiboko speaks about his brother's medical condition and the restricted visitation allowed to him in a conversation with Dr. Art ...

Christin Nevins, SLI coach, talks about Conference leadership teams


Meet Christin Nevins, one of the coaches from Spiritual Leadership Inc. (SLI).  She and Greg Survant are working with the Bishop's Operating Team and Appointive Cabinet as an outgrowth of the approved workforce design taskforce plan, presented at the 2015 Annual Conference Session.  The two Iowa teams are engaged in a year-long experience with the ...

Rev. Katie Dawson looks to the 2016 General Conference


Rev. Katie Dawson, clergy member of the Iowa delegation to the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, speaks about what the delegation is doing to prepare for the worldwide gathering, how she feels about being elected to represent the Iowa Conference, and what she's looking forward to at the event, set for May 10-20.  She spoke ...

Bishop Melvin Talbert delivers Carver Lecture at Simpson


Bishop Melvin G. Talbert was the 2016 recipient of the Carvel medal at Simpson College.  His lecture, entitled, "The Intersection of Oppression and Privilege" was delivered on January 27, 2016.  Simpson College President Dr. Jay K. Simmons introduced Bishop Talbert

John Rothlisberger, first-time GC delegate


John Rothlisberger is a first-time lay delegate from Iowa to the 2016 General Conference.  He shares his thoughts about being elected as a delegate, what he anticipates the experience to be like, and his work as a member of the "Church and Society 2" legislative committee that will consider proposals on such topics as family, marriage, divorce, ...

Rev. Deborah Coble Wise joins team caring for Syrian and other refugees


Rev. Deborah Coble Wise from Trinity UMC, Waverly and a group of lay and clergy fro, North Texas will be heading to the Greek island of Lesvos on a 10-day mission to care for displaced persons from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq.  She describes what she anticipates and expresses appreciation for the support of persons from her congregation and other ...

The Foundation is growing, to meet emerging needs


The Iowa United Methodist Foundation is growing.  Rev. Kevin Gowdy, Foundation Director, talks about the expanding services being offered to individuals and congregations and even the new Foundation offices with Dr. Art McClanahan

'Be messengers of peace' - Bishop offers prayers for the victims in Paris


Bishop Julis C. Trimble offers prayer for the victims of the unspeakable tragedy in Paris.  "We pray that we remember that we are to be messengers of peace."

'Living into the future' through the General Conference


"Through the General Conference we live into the future," says Rev. Lilian Gallo Seagren, first elected clergy member of the Iowa Conference delegation to the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.  "I am grateful to all my colleagues who voted for me and have confidence in me," she said, in a conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan.

Meet Greg Survant and Spiritual Leadership Inc.


Greg Survant talks about the work that Spiritual Leadership Inc. will be doing with the Bishop's Operating Team and Appointive Cabinet over the next 15 months, coaching that evolves from actions of the 2015 annual conference session.  Coaching for the two teams, by SLI, was the approved item from the Workforce Design Taskforce report.  Greg speaks ...

Right Next Door Conference advocates for communities 'where people are able to be more free'


Rev. Lee Schott, pastor of the Women at the Well congregation within the walls at Mitchellville talks about the Right Next Door Conference, held October 16-17, 2015 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church.  More than 200 people participated in four workshop tracks.  Sr. Helen Prejean, who staunchly advocates for the end of the death penalty, was ...

Looking ahead to the 2016 General Conference


Phil Carver takes a look ahead at the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.  Phil, head of the Iowa delegation of 6 lay and 6 clergy, speaks with Dr. Art McClanahan.

Tears, gratitude, and hope - Hurricane Sandy recovery


It’s been three years, and to see the suffering that we see every day … it shouldn’t be,” said Samantha Christian as she wiped away tears.  At the same time, now three years after Hurricane Sandy, the New York Conference Disaster Recovery Specialist for Staten Island added, “I can’t tell you how blessed we are when volunteers come, because it doesn...

"Created in the Image of God"


Bishop Ken Carter's sermon from the opening worship service of the fall 2015 gathering of the Order of Elders, Deacons, and Fellowship of Local Pastors.  The event was held on September 15, 2015 at Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation in Ames.  Bishop Carter is the episcopal leader of the Florida area of The United Methodist Church.

"Our Doctrine of Grace in Relation to Welcoming the LGBT community"


The afternoon presentation from Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference to the fall 2015 gathering of the Order of Elders, Deacons, and Fellowship of Local Pastors.

A conversation with Bishop Ken Carter


Bishop Ken Carter spoke about leadership and the mission of the church in a candid conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan

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