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Cynthia B. Astle

Indiana's RFRA and the UMC: A Moral Imperative

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 Human Sexuality 3 Comments

Our Adventure in Missing the Point

The United Methodist Church's official mission statement -- making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world -- remains a little-known goal that its disputes have obscured and undermined, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more »

Apr 17, 2015 10:45 AM Views from a Ridge 2 Comments

Indiana's RFRA and the UMC: A Moral Imperative

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 Human Sexuality 3 Comments

Interfaith Gathering Rallies Support for Muslims

Led by a Muslim woman and a United Methodist clergyman, more than 400 believers gathered Jan. 25 to show support for their Muslim neighbors and to stand against extremism and Islamophobia. more »

Jan 26, 2015 1:29 PM UMC Global Nature 2 Comments

Bishops' Call to Prayer Takes Profound Love and Strength

Contrary to many views that condemn the Council of Bishops' call to prayer on the UMC's human sexuality issue, Cynthia B. Astle finds that the bishops are pleading for some of the most profound and difficult Christian behaviors. more »

Nov 9, 2014 9:50 AM Human Sexuality 5 Comments

What's in a Place? Not So Much, and Yet Plenty

In leaving New York City for Atlanta, the General Board of Global Ministries' move may also signal that United Methodist leaders are working to equalize authority across the denomination's global membership. more »

Oct 7, 2014 10:55 AM UMC Global Nature

A Soul's Dark Night

The Rev. Charles Moore's tragic death by self-immolation makes us stop and consider a confounding principle of Christian faith: sacrificing one's life for a seemingly higher purpose, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more »

Jul 17, 2014 3:00 PM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments