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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 Advocating Justice 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 Advocating Justice 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 Global Nature 2 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 Global Nature