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Concepts in a proposed church identity document that are filtering through other developing works seem to hold hope for fostering unity and avoiding schism in The United Methodist Church, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

May 3, 2017 8:40 AM Perspectives 8 Comments

JHammer

UM Insight Screencap

More United Methodists rebuked than rejoiced in responses to the Judicial Council decision that has ruled the Western Jurisdiction's consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto to have violated church law. more

Apr 29, 2017 11:27 AM Finance and Administration 3 Comments

Judicial Council 2016

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Advocacy groups that support or reject United Methodism's stance against homosexual practice will keep watch on the April 25-28 deliberations of the Judicial Council, the denomination's "high court." more

Apr 20, 2017 2:38 PM Finance and Administration 3 Comments

Jesus Wept

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It's time for United Methodists to seek God's help to transform the abuse we've inflicted on one another in the battle over acceptance of LGBTQ people, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Apr 20, 2017 12:34 PM Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

Plains wildfires

Texas A&M Forest Service Photo

UPDATED March 25: United Methodists are responding with "prayer, financial help and hands-on labor" to aid victims of devastating wildfires that burned across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and part of Colorado in early March. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:05 PM In the Church

WCA Video Front

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An ad hoc group of United Methodist clergywomen under 40 have issued a strong statement refuting the claims of a new video from the conservative Wesleyan Covenant Association sent March 2 to most UMC clergy. more

Mar 6, 2017 11:00 AM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Hymnal page

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Selecting members of the committee to recommend a digitally based update of the United Methodist Hymnal awaits work by several bodies, says its staff liaison. more

Feb 28, 2017 12:20 PM Local Church

Bishop Felton May

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United Methodist Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle recalls her nearly 30-year acquaintance with Bishop Felton E. May, who died Feb. 27. more

Feb 28, 2017 10:21 AM Views from a Ridge

Mardi Gras

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After the past year's dispiriting events, Cynthia B. Astle yearns for a Mardi Gras that celebrates humanity's place in God's wondrous creation. more

Feb 24, 2017 12:08 PM Views from a Ridge

From NYC to DC

Photo by K Karpen

As we struggle through these days of turmoil under a new federal administration, Jesus' counsel to his disciples remains good guidance for Christian Americans, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Jan 31, 2017 3:20 PM Views from a Ridge 2 Comments

Immigration Prayer

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Anticipating that President Donald Trump will crack down on Muslim refugee resettlement, a coalition of faith leaders including United Methodists issued a strong message of support for refugees. more

Jan 25, 2017 7:34 AM Advocating Justice

Lilly Neubauer

Photo by Eric Folkerth

MORE PHOTOS! Hundreds of United Methodists were among the millions of people globally to participate in the Jan. 21 Women's March. more

Jan 22, 2017 6:28 PM In the World

Losing Influence

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A national survey shows that Americans think many groups will lose influence in the new federal administration, but some United Methodists remain committed to spreading love and seeking justice. more

Jan 19, 2017 3:37 PM Views from a Ridge

A new round of armed violence has broken out in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where the stress of the conflict has reportedly hastened the death of an ailing district superintendent in the disputed region. more

Jan 19, 2017 3:25 PM In the World

Local house and church "parties" are being scheduled the evening of Donald J. Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration for conversations on how to regain shared values in American society. more

Jan 9, 2017 4:34 PM Advocating Justice

Standing Rock Winter

Photo by Allen Buck

The struggle to hold on to hope in these chaotic times requires our witness to God's love and justice as Jesus taught, writes Cynthia B. Astle more

Jan 3, 2017 12:52 PM Views from a Ridge

Huston Smith

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One of the 20th century's greatest interfaith advocates, Huston Smith was best known for his seminal work, "The World's Religions," and for later defending faith against the rise of atheism. more

Jan 1, 2017 9:50 AM In the World 3 Comments

Allegiance

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Advent and "Allegiance," a musical about Japanese internment during World War II, bring examples of hope and courage that we'll need in the face of a cruel and bigoted American society, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Dec 15, 2016 10:31 AM Views from a Ridge 4 Comments

United Methodist congregations are notably absent from lists of resources for Americans who are being harassed for their race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality or other factors, so Insight wants to find out more, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Nov 30, 2016 11:47 AM Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

Standing up to the kind of hostile actions that marred a United Methodist Youth event in North Carolina requires us to exercise the very best of our Christian virtues, symbolized by a humble safety pin, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Nov 15, 2016 8:14 AM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

Subscribing to yet another email newsletter prompts Cynthia B. Astle to ponder the daily collisions between life and faith. more

Jun 23, 2017 2:38 PM Views from a Ridge

American Pieta

Art (c) Doyle Burbank-Williams. Used by Permission.

Texas' Juneteenth holiday, which celebrates the arrival of news of emancipation for the state's slaves, gives Cynthia B. Astle a way to ponder the acquittal of the former officer who shot and killed Philando Castile. more

Jun 19, 2017 4:21 PM Views from a Ridge

UPDATE: Read firsthand accounts. A clergywoman's complaint about how her allegations of sexual harassment were handled by the North Texas Conference revealed what her supporters saw as a lack of justice and leaders saw as protecting "fair process." more

Jun 8, 2017 7:19 PM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The "fair process" for handling complaints of misconduct against both United Methodist clergy and laity is complex and shrouded in confidentiality that obstructs common understanding. more

Jun 8, 2017 7:18 PM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

Unity Interpreter

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The Rev. Dr. Kevin M. Watson says his views critical of United Methodism's "big tent" theology were misrepresented by The Interpreter, the denomination's official program journal. more

May 18, 2017 2:51 PM In the Church

Bethune-Cookman Boos DeVos

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Betsy DeVos had no business peddling "school choice" at United Methodist-related Bethune-Cookman University, and the crowd was right to protest her appearance, writes Cynthia B. Astle more

May 11, 2017 8:13 AM Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

Retro tech

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Concepts in a proposed church identity document that are filtering through other developing works seem to hold hope for fostering unity and avoiding schism in The United Methodist Church, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

May 3, 2017 8:40 AM Perspectives 8 Comments

JHammer

UM Insight Screencap

More United Methodists rebuked than rejoiced in responses to the Judicial Council decision that has ruled the Western Jurisdiction's consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto to have violated church law. more

Apr 29, 2017 11:27 AM Finance and Administration 3 Comments

People's Climate March Map

Map Courtesy of People's Climate March

United Methodists will be among those that gather in Washington, D.C. and in some 300 cities across the United States and around the world for the April 29 People's Climate March. more

Apr 27, 2017 4:28 PM Global Health 2 Comments

Jesus Wept

Wikimedia Commons Photo

It's time for United Methodists to seek God's help to transform the abuse we've inflicted on one another in the battle over acceptance of LGBTQ people, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Apr 20, 2017 12:34 PM Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

Strasbourg Window

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In keeping with its spiritual practices, United Methodist Insight will not post any new articles from the evening of Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. more

Apr 13, 2017 1:26 PM In the Church

BWUMC Feeds the Hungry

Photos Courtesy of Rev. We Hyun Chang

In less than an hour and a half, some 90 volunteers at Belmont/Watertown United Methodist Church in Massachusetts packed 10,000 meals for hungry people. more

Mar 25, 2017 11:41 AM Ministry with the Poor

Plains wildfires

Texas A&M Forest Service Photo

UPDATED March 25: United Methodists are responding with "prayer, financial help and hands-on labor" to aid victims of devastating wildfires that burned across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and part of Colorado in early March. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:05 PM In the Church

WCA Video Front

UM Insight Screencap

An ad hoc group of United Methodist clergywomen under 40 have issued a strong statement refuting the claims of a new video from the conservative Wesleyan Covenant Association sent March 2 to most UMC clergy. more

Mar 6, 2017 11:00 AM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Hymnal page

UMNS File Photo

Selecting members of the committee to recommend a digitally based update of the United Methodist Hymnal awaits work by several bodies, says its staff liaison. more

Feb 28, 2017 12:20 PM Local Church

Mardi Gras

© Michael Flippo | Dreamstime.com

After the past year's dispiriting events, Cynthia B. Astle yearns for a Mardi Gras that celebrates humanity's place in God's wondrous creation. more

Feb 24, 2017 12:08 PM Views from a Ridge

From NYC to DC

Photo by K Karpen

As we struggle through these days of turmoil under a new federal administration, Jesus' counsel to his disciples remains good guidance for Christian Americans, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Jan 31, 2017 3:20 PM Views from a Ridge 2 Comments

Immigration Prayer

UMNS Photo

Anticipating that President Donald Trump will crack down on Muslim refugee resettlement, a coalition of faith leaders including United Methodists issued a strong message of support for refugees. more

Jan 25, 2017 7:34 AM Advocating Justice

Lilly Neubauer

Photo by Eric Folkerth

MORE PHOTOS! Hundreds of United Methodists were among the millions of people globally to participate in the Jan. 21 Women's March. more

Jan 22, 2017 6:28 PM In the World

Losing Influence

Pew Research Center Chart

A national survey shows that Americans think many groups will lose influence in the new federal administration, but some United Methodists remain committed to spreading love and seeking justice. more

Jan 19, 2017 3:37 PM Views from a Ridge