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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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       "When Jesus defined his ministry, he made liberating the captive a focus of his message. Jesus’ gospel is for slave and for the free (Galatians 3:28). It is meant to have a component of liberation. The gospel calls us to advocate for a more just world–to be a voice for the voiceless."

– John D. Barry, a nonprofit CEO, Bible scholar, and pastor, writing in the Jan. 9 issue of Red Letter Christians' Wake Up newsletter.

Grassroots UMC

  • Lifewatch to Hold Annual Worship Service

    The Task Force of United Methodists on Abortion & Sexuality, also known as Lifewatch, will hold its annual worship service at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Washington, D.C., according to its December 2018 newsletter. Reired Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, former episcopal leader of the Florida Area of the United Methodist Church, will lead the service. The Lifewatch Board will meet at 3 p.m. that same day. For more information, contact the Rev. Paul Stallsworth, paulstallsworth@nccumc.org. Read more

  • North Texas UMC Pays Off School District's Lunch Debt

    First UMC of Royse City east of Dallas decided to give its Christmas Eve offerings to help pay off the students' lunch debt of its local school district. Read more

    Jan 17, 2019

    2:13 PM

    In the Church Local Church

  • Special Needs Service Welcomes All Ages and Abilities

    A United Methodist congregation in Texas has inspired a seminary student to start a similar "special needs" worship service at First UMC in Colorado Springs, reports Michelle Karas of the Gazette. Director of children's ministries Janita MacGregor has been trying for five years to start a worship service designed for and led by people with disabilities. She was inspired to model the service, called "Wonderfully Made," after "The Feast," a special needs service held by Highland Park UMC in Dallas. Ms. McGregor currently attends UMC-related Illiff School of Theology in Denver. Read more


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