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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). 


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  • Firestorm

    Connecticut UMC to Host ‘Climate Reality’ Talk on Earth Day

    On Sunday, April 22 — Earth Day — the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, Conn., will host a “Climate Reality” presentation by Dawn Henry at 11 a.m., reported WestportNow.com. Ms. Henry will give practical ways that individuals can respond to the challenges of climate change, an announcement said. She is "one of 17,000 volunteers worldwide trained by former Vice President Al Gore to educate the public about climate change," according to a church press release. more

  • Round Rock Choir

    Texas UMC Singers Join in D-Day Concert

    First UMC of Round Rock, Texas, north of Austin, will be the site for a D-Day remembrance preview concert by the Round Rock Community Choir, reports the Austin American Statesman. The community choir, which includes singers from First UMC, has been chosen to represent the United States at the 74th anniversary of D-Day in France in June. The choir will give a free concert, “The Torch be Yours,” 5 p.m. April 29 at First UMC. The concert will feature the same songs being performed at the D-Day Parade in Paris. more

  • United Methodist Kids Give 'Blessing Bags' to City Police

    Police and other first responders are getting lots of love from Midwestern United Methodists these days (see also following brief). In Imlay City, Mich., the Imlay City United Methodist Church's children's ministry created "blessing bags" to thank local police officers for their service to the community, reported Tom Wearing of the Imlay City Times Online. Youngsters from kindergarten through sixth grade fill the bags with snacks and drinks to show their appreciation and support. more

  • Union UMC Gives Booklets

    Union Avenue UMC Presents Devotional Books to Local First Responders

    Union Avenue United Methodist Church in Sebring, Ohio, recently honored local first responders with a gift of 150 copies of “Strength for Service to God and Community” devotional guides, reported the Alliance Review. The booklets are based on a previous guide, “Strength for Service to God and Country,” which was first published by the Methodist Publishing House as a response to the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The booklet was revived in 1988 as an Eagle Scout project by Evan Hunsberger, grandson of the original editor, the Rev. Norman E. Nygaard. A new version for first responders was created in 2013. more