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Advocating Justice

Advocating Justice

From The Conversation

Articles of broad religion and ethics interests republished with permission from The Conversation website.

  • Death Penalty

    World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, CC BY-SA

    Is the Death Penalty Anti-Christian?

    Support for the death penalty is falling worldwide. So why do people of faith in the United States still support it? more

  • Pope Francis Slum

    Marcos Brindicci/Reuters from The Conversation via Creative Commons

    Two Key Takeaways from the Pope's TED Talk

    Pope Francis' surprise TED talk lays out aspects of Catholic social teaching aimed at creating a common good that serves all people. more

Finance and Administration

Finance and Administration

Top 'Perspectives'

The United Methodist Church officially opposes the death penalty: "We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings." (The Social Principles, Book of Discipline). 


Grassroots UMC

News from local United Methodist congregations

  • Southern Indiana UMCs Worship Together to Promote Unity

    Members of two southern Indiana churches –Wesley Street United Methodist Church and Wall Street United Methodist – held a joint service Sunday morning in a show of unity they hope will catch on across the nation. Wesley is a predominantly black congregation, while Wall Street is predominantly white. According to a report from CBS station WLKY, the Rev. Dr. Marion Miller, pastor of Wesley Street, said, "The message going forward is that we need to learn how to encourage one another. Encourage one another at our jobs, in our homes and even in our community, and when we do that, we make the world a better place." more

  • The church needed an organist. He tried out. Fifty years later, it looks like he got the job.

    Petula Dvorak of The Washington Post writes: "In 1966, Hughes United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Md., had just installed an organ. ... There were thirty-five ranks of pipes — sets that produce the same timbre for each note — and a set of pipes, called antiphonal pipes, jutting dramatically out over the interior from the rear balcony." But the church was having a hard time finding an organist until it encountered Van Knauss, who started Sunday, May 28, 1967, and was honored on his 50th anniversary as the church's organist. more

  • Garden Girl

    UM Insight Screencap from UMC.org

    Girl, 11, Plants Food Pantry Garden

    Fresh food isn’t always available at food pantries, but it will be at Joyce Uptown Foodshelf in Minneapolis, Minnesota, thanks to Silja Bijnagte. Her determination to build raised garden beds brought together volunteers from Lake Harriet United Methodist Church in a common goal of serving their neighbors – one carrot at a time, reports UMC.org in a video. more

  • Bob Lucas

    Bob Lucas Photo

    Engineer Puts Skills to Work for Africa Health Ministry

    DELANO, Minn. — Bob Lucas, a member of Delano United Methodist Church, is using his engineering and business skills to provide a water purification system for Mercy Ships, a nonprofit that sends ships to Africa to provide life-saving operations. Karla Hovde reports for the Minnesota Conference. more