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Echoes of Jim Crow in The United Methodist Church

The Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the connection between past racial discrimination and The United Methodist Church's current institutional sexism against LGBT people. more »

Sep 12, 2014 Human Sexuality

The Western Methodist Justice Movement meets at Zephyr Cove, Nev.

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An Open Letter to the Council of Bishops

The Western Methodist Justice Movement calls on the United Methodist Council of Bishops to stand up for justice in the wake of racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo., immigration, and warfare in Gaza. more »

Sep 11, 2014 Perspectives

The famous Andrei Rublev icon, formally named Angels at Mamre, represents what many consider to be the Holy Trinity.

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'I'm Going to Make Stuff Up and Say That's Why the UMC Is in So Much Trouble'

United Methodist layman Geoffrey Kruse-Safford critiques the recent assertion of the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre that Progressive Christianity is the cause of The United Methodist Church's decline. more »

Sep 11, 2014 Geoffrey Kruse-Safford (13 Comments)

Thomas Hobbes

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Power

Faced with a world that seems rushing toward chaos, individuals and churches can do more to pull society back from the brink by reflecting more on what's good for all, writes Stephen Swecker, the Ethics Coach. more »

Sep 12, 2014 Perspectives

  • Moving Beyond Conflict to a Culture of Peace

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee tells a United Nations consultation that the world must commit to developing a global culture of peace, not merely to solving conflicts as they happen.

  • Church Members in Liberia Afflicted with Ebola Virus

    Some United Methodists in the West African nation of Liberia have been infected with the deadly Ebola virus, an epidemic that's ravaging three countries.

  • MARCHA Approves Resolution on Border Crisis

    MARCHA, the association of Hispanic and Latino United Methodists, adopted a resolution calling for better federal response to the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, including the detention of hundreds of unaccompanied minors.

  • Holy Advocacy from a Wesleyan Perspective

    Wendy J. Deichman, president of UMC-related United Theological Seminary, writes that historic Wesleyan ways of advocacy have important lessons for the current United Methodist conflict over social issues.

  • Dana & Megan

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    A Holy Conferencing Reality

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

  • Jim Crow Laws

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    Echoes of Jim Crow in The United Methodist Church

    The Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the connection between past racial discrimination and The United Methodist Church's current institutional sexism against LGBT people. more »

  • Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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    Humbled in D.C. by Religion and Race

    Visiting museums dedicated to the Holocaust and American Indians throws sharp light on the links between racism and religion, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. more »

  • Holy Conversations

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    Talking About a Global Denomination

    Consultations in Asia, Africa and North America, along with surveys and video reports, give United Methodists a chance to contribute to visions of a truly worldwide denomination, writes David W. Scott. more »

  • John Wesley Profile

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    Dear #UMC, Let's Reclaim Our Confessional Heritage

    Scholar Joel L. Watts thinks the current United Methodist denomination should dig more deeply into the two main branches of its heritage to reclaim clear statements of belief. more »

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