Advocating Justice

Advocating Justice

From The Conversation

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

  • Death Penalty

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    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

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    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

  • North Augusta Church Welcomes Home Improvement Ministry.

    Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta, S.C., served as home base for teen-agers, young adults and older adults involved with Salkehatchie Summer Service recently. Three home-improvement projects in North Augusta and Warrenville received attention in the annual local outreach. The ministry focused on giving teens opportunities to put their into action over the summer, is mainly supported by United Methodist congregations around South Carolina. Similar gatherings take place around the state throughout the summer, reports Bill Bengsten of The Star. more

  • Boston Avenue UMC

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    Tulsa's big three United Methodist Churches Are Launching Satellite Campuses

    The three largest-membership United Methodist congregations in Tulsa, Okla., are growing their churches through a newly popular method – setting up satellite campuses. The churches are First United Methodist and Boston Avenue United Methodist, both in downtown Tulsa, and Asbury United Methodist in the Woodland Hills area, reports Bill Sherman of the Tulsa World. more

  • Eclipse map

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    Native American Festival Planned for Eclipse Weekend

    Two United Methodist congregations in Illinois are joining forces to host an event that will combine solar eclipse watching with Native American spirituality, according to The Eclipses are sacred events to Native Americans, because they represent a connection to the Creator, said the Rev. Danira Parra, pastor of Dayspring Native American United Methodist Church in East Peoria, Ill. She contacted the Rev. Ed Hoke of Little Grassy United Methodist Camp about bringing members of her congregation down for a worship service during the eclipse, since Illinois is near the path of greatest totality. The two pastors organized a Native American Festival starting at noon Aug. 19 and continuing until about 11 a.m. Aug. 21. For more information see the Illinois Great Rivers Conference website at or more