Dr. Martin Salia, who was medical executive of Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Sierra Leone, died Nov. 17 of the Ebola virus after being flown to Nebraska for treatment.

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Church Mourns Ebola Death of Surgeon

Despite medical efforts, Dr. Martin Salia, the medical head of the UMC's Kissy Hospital in Sierra Leone, has died of the Ebola virus. more »

Nov 17, 2014 4:10 PM UMC Global Nature

Ebola, ISIS and Death in the UMC

Choosing to engage with the world around them could be the greatest legacies of Dr. Martin Salia, killed by Ebola, and Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig, murdered by ISIS, writes David W. Scott. more »

Nov 20, 2014 3:48 PM UMC Global Nature

10 Advent Outreach Ideas Better than Train Communion

A proposal from the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference to hand out communion at train stations has the Rev. Drew McIntyre countering with ideas that don't violate United Methodist doctrines. more »

Nov 21, 2014 12:34 PM Perspectives

Technotopia, Social Horror Stories, And The Holiness Of Sex

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford responds to the Rev. Christy Thomas on the possibility of future procreation being accomplished by artificial means instead of sex. more »

Nov 21, 2014 11:03 AM Perspectives

My Offensive Library

A Facebook meme and some empty-nester downsizing lead Cynthia B. Astle to choose favorite books from her "offensive library." more »

Nov 20, 2014 3:05 PM Views from a Ridge 2 Comments

Delegates worked at round tables during the 2012 General Conference.

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Form vs. Function in the Worldwide Nature of the Church

David W. Scott finds that asking what function the Holy Spirit would have the UMC perform is crucial to deciding its future form. more »

Nov 13, 2014 6:17 PM UMC Global Nature

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    An Open, Honest Discussion

    The Rev. James C. Howell leads members of Myers Park UMC in Charlotte, NC, in a talk about the denomination's stances on homosexual practice. more »

  • The Rise of the 'Dones' as the Church Kills Spiritual Community

    The Church is killing spiritual community or at least killing it in an ever-growing portion of our population, contends the Rev. Mark Sandlin. The Church killed their desire to ever go to that place of spiritual relationship in community again.

  • Anne Lamott: Forgiveness Is Our Hardest Work

    Popular spiritual author Anne Lamott says forgiveness is the hardest work we do, and yet we must keep trying, in an audio interview posted by the Rev. Laura Felleman on her blog, "Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline."

  • Who Is Really Insane?

    News that convicted murder mastermind Charles Manson has been granted a marriage license prompts the Rev. Eric Folkerth to ponder why it marriage is legal anywhere for Manson, but not for the same-sex couples in his Dallas congregation.

  • UMC Leader Alice Lee, Author's Sister, Dies at 103

    Alabama lawyer Alice Lee, sister of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee and a United Methodist leader in her own right, has died at age 103.

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