Straight Ally? No Problem. White Ally? Uh...

The Rev. Jeremy Smith confesses his own blindness to racism, repents of his insensitivity and calls the church to stand up immediately for justice for all regardless of race or color. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Jeremy Smith

Houston citizens rally in support of Ferguson, Mo., residents.

Photo by Hannah Adair Bonner

Ferguson: This Is No Time to Be Polite

The Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner urges Christians to stand up for racial justice in the wake of a police killing and subsequent demonstrations in Ferguson, MO. more »

Aug 21, 2014 Perspectives

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

Global Denomination = 'Global Discipline'?

A consultation on United Methodist ministry brings the Rev. Jim Parsons to a revelation: it makes sense to create a Global Discipline that defines United Methodist identity, but leaves church polity and administration to regional authority. more »

Aug 20, 2014 UMC Global Nature (1 Comments)

The Rev. Juan Guerrero baptizes a child in Honduras.

Photo courtesy of the Rev. Juan Guerrero, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries

How to Not Be Depressed by Global UMC News

Dr. David W. Scott counsels that while international news seems grim, United Methodists can take heart that they're taking action to relieve suffering and proclaim their hope in God. more »

Aug 20, 2014 UMC Global Nature

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Grace, Hope and Mission

Through the sacrament of Holy Communion, United Methodists are enabled and called to proclaim God's limitless grace even in the midst of the chaos seen recently in Ferguson, Mo., writes the Rev. Lisa Beth White. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Perspectives

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    The Odd Framing of the Young People’s Convocation #GYPCLA

    The Rev. Jeremy Smith contends that "holy conferencing" at the Young People's Convocation was manipulated to reverse the gathering's recent advocacy for the full inclusion of LGBT people in The United Methodist Church. more »

  • Depression Illustration

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    Robin Williams' Death Once Could Have Been Mine

    Like the late Robin Williams, the constant threat of depression haunts her days, but her faith helps her manage the disease, writes Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle. more »

  • 'In Mississippi I Learned What Church Is'

    The Rev. George D. McClain, executive director emeritus of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, recalls serving as a young chaplain during Freedom Summer 1964.

  • Owen Ross Arrest

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    WWJD: Who Would Jesus Deport?

    The Rev. Brandon Lazarus interviews the Rev. Dr. Owen Ross, founding pastor of the predominantly Hispanic Christ's Foundry mission in Dallas and one of those arrested recently in a White House immigration protest. more »

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    What Faith Do We Sing?

    Seminarian Gabe Horton has studied some of today's most popular hymns and discovered some expected and some surprising theological themes. more »

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