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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

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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

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

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

Public Domain Photo by Wikimedia User Ellis408

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

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RAINN Chart

First Lady Michelle Obama's speech denouncing candidate Donald Trump as a sexual predator prompts editor Cynthia Astle to examine sexual assault from personal and public health perspectives. more

Oct 14, 2016 11:59 AM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

Loving God

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A little historical perspective helps assess the potential of the Wesleyan Covenant Association to change the global United Methodist denomination to its liking. more

Oct 12, 2016 5:50 PM Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

Rosemary Radford Ruether

Claremont School of Theology Photo

Rosemary Radford Ruether, whose ground-breaking feminist theology has influenced several generations of church leaders, is reported to be improving after an accident, according to Claremont School of Theology. more

Aug 29, 2016 10:53 AM In the Church

As the bishops' special commission on "A Way Forward" organizes, what could the sirens all around us be telling The United Methodist Church about its purpose in these times? more

Aug 23, 2016 12:03 PM Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

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

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

Congolese displaced

Photo Courtesy of Rev. Joseph Mulongo

United Methodists in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo are working intensely to halt armed violence between two warring ethnic groups and facilitate peace in the troubled region. more

Jan 12, 2017 4:47 PM In the World

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

Public Domain Photo by Wikimedia User Ellis408

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

Photo Courtesy of Allegiancemusical.com

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

Greg Dell

UMNS File Photo by John C. Goodwin

Surrounded by his family, the Rev. Gregory Dell died Oct. 30 in Raleigh, N.C., after battling Parkinson's disease for more than a decade. more

Oct 31, 2016 11:28 AM Ordained Ministry

Least Females

GCSRW Chart

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women has found 12 U.S. annual conferences with 20 percent or less female representation in cabinet-level leadership, while women make up all district superintendents in two conferences. more

Oct 26, 2016 5:01 PM Finance and Administration

9 of 10

RAINN Chart

First Lady Michelle Obama's speech denouncing candidate Donald Trump as a sexual predator prompts editor Cynthia Astle to examine sexual assault from personal and public health perspectives. more

Oct 14, 2016 11:59 AM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

Rosemary Radford Ruether

Claremont School of Theology Photo

Rosemary Radford Ruether, whose ground-breaking feminist theology has influenced several generations of church leaders, is reported to be improving after an accident, according to Claremont School of Theology. more

Aug 29, 2016 10:53 AM In the Church