Louisiana Now

Louisiana Now

A podcast featuring news, opportunities and witness of the ministries of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Listen for stories and updates of what's happening in the Louisiana Conference.... Show More

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February 22, 2021 17 min
In this episode, we will look at the witness handed down from a generation of pastoral leadership over 100 years ago. As we honor Black History month, we honor the life of Rev. Peter W. Clark who served the Methodist Church faithfully during the latter 19th century and the early 290th century. Our guest is Elaine Adams, an author and historian who wrote The Reverend Peter W. Clark: Sweet Preacher and Steadfast Reformer. The book hi...
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February 15, 2021 27 min

In this episode of Louisiana NOW, we look at an important series of webinars called Steeple to Street. These webinars, offered by the Office of Congregational Development and Transformation and Fresh Expressions, will be held each Wednesday in March and will focus on creating a new kind of local church in a new kind of world. Todd Rossnagel is joined by Rev. Sam Hubbard and Chris Backert, National Director of Fresh Expressions. For...

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February 8, 2021 22 min
In this episode of Louisiana NOW, we look at how the pandemic is affecting the hunger problem in Louisiana. We are joined by Mike Manning, President and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Rev. Jo Ann Cooper, from Gretna United Methodist Church. Together, they share a picture of what it means to live out Matthew 25.    If you would like to help or partner with one of the five Food Banks in Louisiana, please click here for ...
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In this episode of Louisiana NOW, Todd Rossnagel visits with Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, Senior Pastor of historic Foundry UMC in Washington, DC. Ginger wrote Sacred Resistance, which can be found here. The book serves as the backdrop for today’s podcast and it also addresses these questions, among others:

• When Christians see that something is wrong in our nation or community, how and when should we respond? 
• When we see multip...

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Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is the episcopal servant and leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, and has an office in Washington D.C. She reflects on the events of January 6th and looks toward Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Inauguration. Bishop Easterling is the first woman to lead the Baltimore-Washington Conference and was appointed in September 2016, following her election to the episcopacy that July. Prior to being elect...
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In this episode of Louisiana NOW, Todd Rossnagel visits with Serena Eckert and Jason Moore about a new webinar being held Thursday, January 21st called “Both/And”. The webinar, hosted by Jason Moore, will focus on maximizing hybrid worship experiences for online and in-person audiences. The webinar will help all of us explore how to create interactive experiences for both audiences and do so in real-time.

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December 30, 2020 19 min

In this episode, we look back at an eventful 2020. From coronavirus to racial unrest to the single most active Hurricane season in Louisiana, we do not need to tell you just how intense 2020 was. Our emotions and our patience were, at times, stretched to their limits. However, there were multiple moments where hope was clearly evident.  

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In this episode of Louisiana NOW, we visit with Rev. Matt Rawle, senior pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City. Matt has authored a series of books titled The Pop in Culture Series. The series includes The Faith of a MockingbirdHollywood JesusThe Salvation of Doctor Who, The Redemption of Scrooge, What Makes a Hero?, and The Gift of the Nutcracker.  As we celebrate Christmas, we sit down to discuss The Redempt...
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December 18, 2020 23 min
In this episode, we explore the creative arts - specifically that of sewing and pottery. During the 2020 Celebration of Ministry Service, ordained elders received their stoles and ordained deacons received basins. Both of these items were handmade — the stoles were made by Rev. Melinda Halom in Wisconsin and the basins were made by Jane Knight here in Louisiana. We caught up with both of them to hear more about their passion for th...
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December 9, 2020 27 min

In this episode of Louisiana NOW, we catch up with the 2020 Class of Ordinands. This year, Clair Carter, Leah Gaughan, Susan Lawrence, Josh Elder, Michelle Harris, Reyn Sewell, Amanda Rose Price Smith, and Chris Winterman were all ordained in the Louisiana Conference. We visit with each of them about why they chose ministry, specifically the path of ordination, and how COVID is affecting the church. If you would like to view the 20...

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November 24, 2020 24 min

We’ve turned 50! In this special episode, we share clips from some of our past 49 episodes. From the pandemic to racial injustice to hurricanes - it’s been an intense year. Which episode was your favorite? We’d love to hear from you. Our email is podcast@la-umc.org 

The shows featured in this episode are listed below: 

Jewels in Your Crown Dr. Walter Kimbrough Dismantling Racism: Anti-Blackness New To Town: The Story of Rev. Gr...
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November 3, 2020 21 min

In this special episode of the Louisiana NOW podcast, we are joined by Rev. Lane Cotton Winn, senior pastor at St. John’s United Methodist Church, which is serving as a polling location for three precincts in Baton Rouge on Election Day. The church has set up prayer stations all across its campus in hopes that voters take a moment to pause, reflect, and pray about the days and weeks ahead. She shares her thoughts on the church’s ro...

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October 28, 2020 16 min

We were recently back in Lake Charles to cover the relief efforts and caught up with Rev. Amy Duhon Castro who shares her story of survival, grief and hope. We also catch up with a delivery driver, who understands exactly how grace works through his job. If you would like to help the recovery efforts in Lake Charles, please visit www.la-umc.org/relief For more on the supply efforts in Lake Charles, please go here: https://www.la-um...

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In this episode of Louisiana NOW, we visit with Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and preview 2020 Annual Conference which has been postponed to Saturday November 21st online, via ZOOM. For more information on 2020 Annual Conference, please head to our web site: www.la-umc.org 

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The back-to-back hurricanes have caused many problems in southwest Louisiana, but in this episode of Louisiana NOW, we hear the hope and optimism of a homeowner and a restaurant owner. We also catch up with Rev. Walter Parker - a pastor in Jennings Louisiana who is looking forward to helping people. We also discuss some of the Phase 3 Guidelines, which can be found here. And we also briefly discuss 2020 Annual Conference. Those det...

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Hurricane Delta has struck southwest Louisiana, just as the area was beginning to start the recovery process after Hurricane Laura. In this episode of Louisiana NOW, Todd Rossnagel catches up with Rev. Angela Bulhof and Rev. John Robert Black, two pastors from Lake Charles, along with Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey to discuss the recovery process. If you would like to help, please visit: www.la-umc.org/relief 

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In this special episode of the Louisiana NOW podcast, Todd Rossnagel is back in Lake Charles. Rossnagel documents some of the many volunteers who helped during a recent clean-up day in DeRidder, including students from LSU’s Wesley Foundation. He also caught up with reporter Kathy Gilbert and photographer Mike Dubose who were in town to document the recovery efforts for United Methodist News. Kathy shares how she approaches stories...

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In this episode of Louisiana NOW, Todd Rossnagel visits with Dillard University President, Dr. Walter Kimbrough. Recently, Dr. Kimbrough, along with Xavier President Reynold Verret, announced that they are participating in a vaccine trial for COVID-19. “Our communities have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with harrowing consequences for the lives and health of our fellow citizens. Overcoming the virus will require the avail...
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September 13, 2020 16 min

Power remains out in southwest Louisiana, but that did not stop several churches in the Lake Charles district from worshipping together. In this podcast, Todd Rossnagel travels to Lake Charles and catches up with two pastors: Rev. Davis Clark at Warren United Methodist Church and Rev. Weldon Bares at FUMC, Lake Charles. We also share a story of a contractor who has a deep desire to help the kingdom because of a pastor who pastored ...

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In this special edition of the Louisiana NOW podcast, host Todd Rossnagel hits the road and records from southwest Louisiana. Specifically, he is recording from Sulphur and Westlake, where United Methodists from all across the state and the country came together on Labor Day to help clean up. We visit with the Rev. Karli Pidgeon, Lake Charles District Superintendent, Rev. Joy Comeaux, Westlake UMC, and Rev. Brady Whitton, FUMC Bato...
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