Texas churches help SMU mark its centennial with ringing of bells

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Texas churches help SMU mark its centennial with ringing of bells

United Methodist churches across Texas honored the SMU centennial by ringing their bells at noon on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 — the 100th anniversary of the first day of classes on the Hilltop.

The bells rang 10 times, once for each decade of SMU’s existence, followed by celebratory peals. In addition, members of SMU’s Carillon Guild performed 100 mathematical sequences from the University carillon in the cupola atop Fondren Science Building.

The commemoration ceremony began at 10 a.m. with a change ringing ceremony, a celebratory bell tradition that dates to the Middle Ages. In “change ringing,” the bells produce a series of mathematical patterns called “changes” rather than a conventional melody.

The following 30 United Methodist churches participated in the bell ringing:

  • Chinn’s Chapel UMC, Lewisville
  • Custer Road UMC, Plano
  • First UMC Celina
  • First UMC Coppell
  • First UMC Dallas
  • First UMC Frisco
  • First UMC Gainesville
  • First UMC Grand Prairie
  • First UMC Irving
  • First UMC Lancaster
  • First UMC Richardson
  • First UMC Sherman
  • First UMC Sulphur Springs
  • First UMC Terrell
  • First UMC Tom Bean
  • First UMC Wichita Falls
  • Forestburg UMC
  • Grace UMC, Sherman
  • Highland Park UMC
  • Lovers Lane UMC
  • New Covenant UMC, Mesquite
  • Paradise UMC
  • Pleasant Valley UMC, Sachse
  • Plymouth Park UMC, Irving
  • Poetry UMC, Terrell
  • Ridgewood Park UMC, Irving
  • Saint Jo UMC
  • Whitewright/Marvin UMC
October 2, 2015|News|

Dean Lawrence elected president of UMC’s 2012-16 Judicial Council

The United Methodist Church 2012-2016 Judicial Council - F. Belton  Joyner Jr., Jeanne Kabamba Kiboko, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., Katherine Austin Mahle, Ruben T. Reyes, Dennis Blackwell, Beth Capen, William B. Lawrence, and Angela Brown.

The United Methodist Church 2012-2016 Judicial Council, front row, left to right: F. Belton Joyner Jr., clergy (U.S.); Jeanne Kabamba Kiboko, clergy (U.S.); N. Oswald Tweh Sr., layperson (Liberia); and Katherine Austin Mahle, clergy (U.S.). Back row, left to right: Ruben T. Reyes, layperson (Philippines); Dennis Blackwell, clergy (U.S.); Beth Capen, layperson (U.S.); William B. Lawrence, clergy (U.S.); and Angela Brown, layperson (U.S.).

William B. Lawrence, dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, has been elected by the United Methodist Church’s 2012-16 Judicial Council to serve as its president. The election was held May 3, during the UMC’s 2012 General Conference.

Lawrence, who has been Perkins dean and professor of American church history since 2002, was first elected by the 2008 General Conference of The United Methodist Church to serve as one ofnine members of the Judicial Council. Sometimes referred to as the denomination’s “Supreme Court,” the Council is the highest judicial body within The United Methodist Church.

Its responsibilities include determining whether acts or proposed acts of the General Conference, as well as Jurisdictional, Central, and Annual Conferences, conform to the Constitution and current Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church.

In addition to his service with the Judicial Council, Lawrence also has been elected by members of the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools (AUMTS) for a one-year term as AUMTS President. The election was held April 24, at the spring 2012 meeting of the AUMTS. Created in 1933, AUMTS includes the deans and presidents of all 13 theological schools in the United States directly related to and supported by The United Methodist Church through the leadership of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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May 11, 2012|For the Record, News|

UMC jurisdiction approves Bush Library land lease

The South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church upheld permission granted SMU to lease land to the George W. Bush Foundation for the Bush Library, Museum and Institute at its quadrennial meeting July 17. In March 2007, SMU received permission for the lease from the Jurisdiction’s Mission Council, which conducts business in between quadrennial meetings. A petition presented to the conference by some delegates sought to overturn that permission, but was defeated.

Read the full statement.

August 8, 2008|News|

Dean Lawrence elected to UMC national council

SMU Theology Dean William LawrenceWilliam Lawrence, dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, was elected to the nine-member Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church during the quadrennial meeting of the General Conference in Fort Worth.

The Judicial Council is the highest judicial body or “court” of The United Methodist Church and determines the constitutionality of acts or proposed acts of the General, Jurisdictional, Central, and Annual Conferences. It also rules on whether acts of other official bodies of the denomination conform to The Book of Discipline, which outlines the Church’s doctrine and polity.

The General Conference, where the vote took place, is the top policy-making body of the denomination with nearly 1,000 delegates from around the world. The General Conference is meeting through May 2.

May 1, 2008|News|
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