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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Recently Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey carved out some time on Zoom and we discussed a wide variety of topics as we prepare for Holy Week. Bishop Harvey opens up about her morning routine, long walks, and life at home during these days of self-isolation. She also says this year’s Holy Week is an opportunity to get creative and shares some ideas. However, as different as this year’s Holy Week will be, she reminds us to do something v...

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The inability for churches to gather, due to sheltering-in-place orders has prompted some bishops in the United Methodist Church to allow for online communion. Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, resident bishop in Louisiana, has allowed for online communion, "For such a time as this, we will allow virtual Holy Communion under the church’s theological understanding of In Extremis which means that, we will allow an irregular practic...
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Rev. Johnathan Richardson is the pastor of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in New Orleans. He has served in ministry for 16 years but is new to the Louisiana Conference. His church has been hit hard by the coronavirus with over a dozen cases and two deaths. We catch up with Rev. Richardson for more on how he is responding to the current situation. https://www.cornerstone-nola.org/

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March 31, 2020 22 min

In this episode of Louisiana Now, we focus on the growing need of feeding those who are hungry. Food pantries in Louisiana have experienced a tripling of the number of clients. Supplies were at a critical level to begin with and as the pandemic continues, numbers continue to decline. Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey has approved a Louisiana Conference grant from the Office of Missional Engagement and Outreach in the amount of $50,000 t...






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How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning—when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? That is the question Susan Beaumont’s book attempts to answer. Beaumont is a a consultant, author, and coach.  She has worked with hundreds of congregations, including several in Louisiana.  For more on Susan, please visit her web site. Her book can be found here.  The arti...
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Rev. Brian Mercer, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Monroe. Brian is just seven months into his new appointment. Moving your family, and getting settled in to a new appointment is tough enough in the first year, but it’s even tougher when you suddenly can’t gather due to a pandemic. Brian is doing something that seems extremely low-tech but is proving to be extremely valuable. It’s the power of a good old fashioned phone ca...

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There are so many needs in this country as a result of the coronavirus. One of them is face masks. We are literally running out of them and medical professionals have started asking for and giving permission for homemade facemarks. A group of volunteers inside Henning Memorial United Methodist Church in Sulphur have started sewing homemade masks and the group is growing by the hundreds. We caught up with Terry to learn more about h...
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Our guest today is Rev. Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie, Professor of Preaching and Worship at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. Dr. McKenzie is a Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor by SMU, SMU’s highest teaching honor and the author of ten books, including a recent blog article that has garnered a lot of social media attention: “Preaching to an Empty Room”. Todd Rossnagel and Dr. McKenzie cover a lot of grou...
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March 20, 2020 14 min
During these days, we are all finding new ways to worship, some of us online. Todd Rossnagel, host of the Louisiana Now podcast and Director of Communications for the Louisiana Conference, offers tips on tackling technology. He discusses everything from how to prepare, audio and lighting tips, and how to talk to a camera lens.    Some of the equipment mentioned in today’s show:   A decent on camera light that won’t break the bank ...
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Matters in the world are changing on an almost hourly basis. As we reached out to Bishop Harvey in hopes of recording this particular episode, we scheduled the recording Wednesday afternoon. As our recording time got close, it looked as if news from the larger denomination regarding General Conference and its potential postponement would come down at any moment. In fact, the news broke in the middle of our recording – you’ll hear t...

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Rev. Lane Cotton Winn is the lead pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, a church that has an amazing ministry known as the Shepherd's Market, a client-choice food pantry that has been serving the hungry and needy in south Baton Rouge for the past seven years. On any given day, St. John’s gives away over 3,000 pounds of food as they are an outpost for the Baton Rouge Food Bank. Over the past two days, they...

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March 16, 2020 14 min

In this special edition of the Louisiana NOW podcast, we visit with Rev. Elaine Burleigh, Director of the Conference Office of Missional Outreach and Engagement. Elaine and host Todd Rossnagel discuss ways churches should be preparing for the Coronavirus. There are plenty of challenges for our local churches in this new context some of us in ministry are facing. Rev. Burleigh is not a doctor but in many ways - this is a disaster an...

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March 10, 2020 31 min
 In this episode of Louisiana NOW, Todd Rossnagel visits with Rev. Matt Rawle, lead pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City, LA. Matt is a prolific author of Christian books and studies, with many of his books offered through Abingdon Press. His latest offering is a study of the famed Les Miserables. In this episode, Todd and Matt discuss Matt’s latest book, his thoughts on worship in today’s modern context and muc...
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March 3, 2020 18 min
On this episode of Louisiana NOW, Todd Rossnagel visits with Rob Fairly, president of the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana. Rob has a passion for giving. His message will inspire all of us to re-examine how we look at money. The Foundation offers many resources for Louisiana churches; Rob and Todd will discuss that and much more in this episode of Louisiana NOW.   Resources: For more on the United Methodist Foundation, plea...
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In this episode of Louisiana NOW, Todd Rossnagel visits with Rev. Elaine Burleigh, from the Office of Missional Outreach and Engagement. Burleigh is new to the position but not new to the world of missions. In this episode, you will hear more about Burleigh’s passion for mission, the theology of mission and how you can learn more about mission opportunities in the Louisiana Conference.   Resources: For more on Volunteers in Mission...

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February 18, 2020 25 min
In this episode of Louisiana NOW, Todd Rossnagel visits with Rev. Katie McKay Simpson. We discuss the Pathways event, an event centered on helping people determine next steps for a life in ministry. As you will hear, there are many pathways for the many different gifts each of us have. Not every pathway to ministry is that of elder and seminary. In fact, you’ll hear more about Todd’s own path to ministry. What does it mean to disce...
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Todd Rossnagel sits down with Bishop Harvey to discuss everything from the Mediation Protocol to Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow. Listen to the debut of the Louisiana NOW podcast.

  To read more about Bishop Harvey, please head here: https://www.la-umc.org/ourbishop  To read more about the Protocol Legislation and Agreement, please visit: https://www.gracethroughseparation.com/  To read more about Annual Conference 2020, which is ...
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