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January 23, 2012

  • ...because we in the UMC are fraught with an organized satrapy of right-wing activists who want to ...

    George Nixon Shuler | Sides

  • Our pastor just preached from Ephesians, the verses that encourage us to build one another up.

    Becky Coleman | Sides

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    LiveOak11 | Interfaith Gathering Rallies Support for Muslims

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    Todd Anderson | Worship Is About Meaning, not Preference

Notable Quotes

“We’ll have to see how gracious or vindictive voices within the LGBT community are in their responses (should the U.S. Supreme Court deliver a widely expected ruling legalizing same-sex marriage). Will they become a live-and-let-live movement or a stamp-out-dissent movement? If there’s respect, there’s likely to be less pushback from conservatives.”  – Ryan Anderson, Heritage Foundation Fellow commenting to Religion News Service.


"Politicians, adopting the rhetoric of their fundamentalist Christian constituencies, claim to revere the Bible but are clearly unaware of what it says, what it doesn’t say, or of the insights of those who study it seriously." – Peter Enns, commenting on Patheos about Newsweek's article on Biblical illiteracy.


“I just believe that God’s agenda has no gender." – Composer, singer and pastor Andrae Crouch in 1998 after he ordained his twin sister, Sandra Crouch, and named her co-pastor with him. Crouch died Jan. 8 of a heart attack at age 72.


“The Just Resolution Agreement achieved by the complainants and Bishop Talbert is a reminder that United Methodists don’t have to be divided by their differences. The conflicted parties came together, prayerfully listened to one another, challenged one another, and searched for God’s guidance for themselves and for the church.” – Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky, in a statement announcing that Bishop Melvin G. Talbert won't face a church trial for officiating at a same-gender wedding of an Alabama gay couple.