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"Where the [Pew Research Center] data shows five million fewer Protestants, three million fewer Catholics, and nineteen million more “nones” who do not identity with any religion, I see Sarah the bartender who isn’t allowed to love Jesus because she loves women, Sam who adores the new Pope but hates the things the church has done in the name of Jesus, and David the minister who just can’t believe in hell."
– Reba Riley, writing in Time magazine.
I just think it's important for them to know what it does to someone who is a Christian and who is Methodist when something like this happens. It does hurt your ability to have faith for awhile."
-- Kelly Bardier, who along with her partner Jaci Pfeiffer were dismissed from an Orlando-area United Methodist daycare center because of their relationship, after reaching a settlement with the Florida Conference that will require church and daycare center employees to meet with pro-LGBT church groups.
"Both Jesus and Francis did not let the old get in the way of the new, but like all religious geniuses, revealed what the old was saying all along. I find much wisdom in what the contemporary faith seeker Christian Wiman writes: 'Faith itself sometimes needs to be stripped of its social and historical encrustations and returned to its first, churchless incarnation in the human heart.' "
– Noted spiritual guide and author Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, in his May 21 daily meditation.
United Methodist Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar shares a pastoral letter pondering whether the death penalty meted out to convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev meets Christian ethical standards. more »
May 21, 2015 Perspectives
The much-discussed Pew Research study showing the decline of religion in America isn't about faith, but about how the institutional church has crafted its own downfall, writes Religion News Service columnist Tom Ehrich.
The Rev. Will Green outlines how -- and if -- he thinks The United Methodist Church can change from its current forms of identity and operation. more »
May 20, 2015 Human Sexuality
In the second of a four-part series on poverty in America, writer Mark Sandlin looks at the root causes of America's growing number of economically deprived citizens – greed. more »
Heads up, Churches: Millennials have left because they're fed up with entertainment-style worship, writes Jonathan Aigner, and they want authentic Christian experience. more »
May 15, 2015 Perspectives
Seeking to help others through social justice is good, but it requires that "warriors" constantly check themselves for selfish motives and ego trips, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more »
May 13, 2015 Perspectives
The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes the revamped version of PlanUMC, the failed attempt at organizational restructure of The United Methodist Church that has been resurrected by an ad hoc group of six powerful churchman with some bishops' backing. more »
May 15, 2015 Jeremy Smith