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Cynthia B. Astle

The death of her beloved mother-in-law, Evelyn Grebe, resurrects the age-old questions about the deepest mysteries of life and death, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Apr 3, 2017 9:40 AM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

Salisbury Font

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United Methodism's current debates over who has broken or kept "the covenant" ignore the most compelling covenant of all -- our baptismal vows, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Sep 14, 2016 5:37 PM Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

The convergence of Pope Francis' U.S. visit with the death of religion expert Phyllis Tickle underscores something significant for fractious United Methodists, namely Jesus' call to love the unlovable, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Oct 2, 2015 11:14 AM Views from a Ridge

Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia showed brotherly love for a Catholic group devoted to LGBT inclusion when the group was refused entry to a Catholic event visited by Pope Francis. more

Oct 2, 2015 11:14 AM Advocating Justice 2 Comments

Baltimore

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The eruption of violence in Baltimore in the wake of the police custody death of Freddie Gray prompts a response from UM Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle. more

Apr 29, 2015 11:48 AM Views from a Ridge

Open for Service

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The furor over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration – seen by critics as granting businesses license to discriminate against LGBTQ people – reflects The United Methodist Church's own dilemma over its anti-LGBTQ stances. more

Apr 1, 2015 4:21 PM Advocating Justice 3 Comments

Emotional First Aid

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A TED talk by psychologist Guy Winch awakens Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle to the United Methodist Church's need for "emotional first aid." more

Feb 27, 2015 10:15 AM Views from a Ridge 2 Comments

UMW Speak

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Churches and bishops, along with United Methodist Women, responded to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., with vows to resist racism and white supremacy with inclusion, self-discipline and love. more

Aug 15, 2017 5:28 PM Advocating Justice

Charlottesville Meme

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Several United Methodist bishops issued letters to their clergy and congregations urging them to take strong stands against racism and white supremacy on the Sunday after violence in Charlottesville, Va. more

Aug 14, 2017 3:07 PM Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Way Forward Ash Wednesday

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UPDATE: Commission issues "status report" on Way Forward progress. United Methodist Insight offers two reasons why the closed-door policy of the Commission on A Way Forward is doing more harm than good. more

Jul 25, 2017 10:57 AM A Way Forward 6 Comments

IT Girl

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No matter how small and disconnected a church may seem, its computers are still vulnerable to being damaged or hijacked by malicious software. Experts counsel on the best ways to keep church computers safer. more

Jun 29, 2017 2:53 PM Finance and Administration

Whirlwind

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The Old Testament Book of Hosea offers spiritual insights into the current situation facing America, marked by the June 14 shooting of five Republicans at a ballfield, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Jun 14, 2017 6:23 PM Views from a Ridge 8 Comments

Immigration Airport Demonstrations

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The United Methodist Church is expanding its efforts at all levels worldwide to assist many of the 65.3 million people who have been involuntarily displaced from their homes, especially the 21 million classified as refugees by the United Nations. more

May 23, 2017 2:16 PM Global Nature

UMC-EC Timeline

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United Methodists and Episcopalians have finally produced a full communion proposal that answers the concerns of both denominations, reported Bishop Gregory Palmer to the Council of Bishops recently. more

May 17, 2017 5:09 PM Finance and Administration 5 Comments

Reconciling No Such Law

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Reactions continue to boil over to the Judicial Council rulings on the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto and the requirements to consider ministerial candidates' sexuality. more

May 3, 2017 7:47 AM Perspectives 5 Comments

Judicial Council 2016

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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

The death of her beloved mother-in-law, Evelyn Grebe, resurrects the age-old questions about the deepest mysteries of life and death, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Apr 3, 2017 9:40 AM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

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

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

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

Salisbury Font

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United Methodism's current debates over who has broken or kept "the covenant" ignore the most compelling covenant of all -- our baptismal vows, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Sep 14, 2016 5:37 PM Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

Raging River

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Flooded out of her home and aching for her wounded city of Dallas, Cynthia B. Astle finds some wisdom in conversations on racism that could help The United Methodist Church get through its own turbulence. more

Jul 18, 2016 10:24 AM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

Within hours after the Western Jurisdiction elevated her, the validity of Bishop Karen Oliveto's election was challenged by a request from the South Central Jurisdiction for the Judicial Council to rule on her standing. more

Jul 16, 2016 1:13 PM Finance and Administration 3 Comments

Bishops Process

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The five American jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church will meet during the week of July 11 to elect 15 new bishops and conduct regional business. more

Jul 7, 2016 4:29 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Rule 44 Mini

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Rule 44 may have died at the hands of the 2016 General Conference delegates, but its "holy conferencing" tenets were behind the creation of the Council of Bishops' proposal for "a way forward" for The United Methodist Church. more

Jun 8, 2016 2:05 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

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Here's how to stay connected to the 2016 General Conference happening May 10-20 in Portland, Ore. more

May 5, 2016 10:30 AM

Divestment Video

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Fossil Free UMC, a movement to get the denomination to sell off all its petroleum stocks, alleges that a new Pensions Board video urging Central Conference delegates to vote against divestment crosses an ethical line. more

Feb 11, 2016 2:21 PM 2016 General Conference 2 Comments