Pew Research Center Illustration

Is Religion's Declining Influence a Good Thing?

Americans who say they practice no religion are divided over whether faith's declining influence is good for America, writes Michael Lipka of the Pew Research Center. more »

Sep 26, 2014 Local Church

Participants in the Connectional Table's April 29 panel discussion on human sexuality included the Rev. Pamela Lightsey (L), of Boston University School of Theology; the Rev. Mark Teasdale of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; and retired Bishop Daniel Arichea of the Philippines.

United Methodist Communications Photo by Diane Degnan

Connectional Table to Host 2nd Sexuality Discussion

The second of three church-wide discussions on human sexuality will be held Nov. 1 and streamed live via the Internet. more »

Sep 26, 2014 Human Sexuality

Pam Anders, a United Methodist Women member from Clermont, Fla., participates in a rally against private prisons during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The rally was sponsored by United Methodist Women and the United Methodist Task Force on Immigration.

UMNS Photo by Paul Jeffrey

Incarceration or Redemption?

The Rev. Jim Burklo looks at a scary phenomenon: America's high rate of imprisoning malefactors, and what that does to our society. more »

Sep 26, 2014 Perspectives

Divest-Invest Coalition Hits $50 Billion in Fossil Fuel Divestments

A coalition of endowments and individuals committed to clean energy have divested $50 billion from fossil fuels, as supported by United Methodist individuals and agencies. more »

Sep 26, 2014

  • Mysterium Futurum

    What does the future really hold for The United Methodist Church? asks seminarian Gabe Horton. God may never tell us. more »

  • Better Together

    United Methodists could take a good lesson from voters in Scotland, where the theme "better together" kept the country in political union with the United Kingdom. more »

  • Eleanor Roosevelt

    Public Domain Photo

    Who Will Lead Us?

    The new Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt family inspires a meditation on the nature and need for leadership in church and society. more »

  • Dana & Megan

    Photo Courtesy of Channels, Pacific Northwest Blog

    A Holy Conferencing Reality

    Seminarian Ethan Gregory is learning about holy conferencing from his theologically more conservative classmate. more »

  • Trash Soccer Ball

    Photo Courtesy of UMC LEAD

    Frugal Innovation

    Churches don't need shiny new programs or old retreads, but genuine innovation using the resources they have on hand, writes seminarian Gabe Horton. more »

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