economic inequlity

By focusing inward on numerical growth instead of outward on urgent needs, churches set up themselves – and humanity – for extinction, writes Dr. Mark Davies. more

Jan 10, 2018 6:22 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Still No Room

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Nativity scenes that distract us from the harsh realities of Jesus' birth – still felt by too many today – ought to be done away with, asserts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Dec 12, 2017 6:13 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Prison Protest

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A summer of research into faith community organizing, combined with the events in Charlottesville, Va., inspire Cynthia B. Astle to new insights about Jesus' subversive teachings. more

Aug 21, 2017 6:17 PM Views from a Ridge 5 Comments

Recalling Pharaoh's mistakes with the Hebrews, the Rev. William D. Cotton wonders how a federal government made up of billionaires can connect with the living needs of a waitress holding down two jobs. more

Jul 18, 2017 1:14 PM Perspectives 3 Comments

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

Collection plate

Photo Courtesy of Christy Thomas

An gone-viral article about the dire financial straits of most middle-class Americans prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas to suggest ways for the church to respond. more

Apr 28, 2016 9:01 PM Finance and Administration

E. Stanley Jones Mug

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With a quote from legendary Methodist evangelist E. Stanley Jones, the Rev. Laura Felleman offers a Christian perspective on the inequalities of America's current economic transition. more

Jan 24, 2016 1:49 PM Perspectives


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The church is called to be a counter-cultural alternative to the consumer-driven norms dominating our society, but instead The United Methodist Church maintains the economic status quo that's hurting people, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Sep 17, 2015 2:21 PM Local Church

Clean Money

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The recent Oxfam report that the world's 85 richest individuals own more than half of the world's poorest peoples should cause United Methodists to become advocates for economic equality, writes David W. Scott. more

Jan 22, 2014 11:04 AM Perspectives 4 Comments

Pope Francis

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The Roman Catholic pontiff's controversial views on wealth surprisingly resonate with those of a revered Methodist evangelist, writes the Rev. Laura Felleman. more

Jan 17, 2014 6:48 PM Perspectives

Parallel Universes

Illustration Courtesy of Dan R. Dick

Parallel Universes

United Methodists have far more financial and other resources than nine-tenths of the world, and it could use those resources more attentively to bless others, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Aug 2, 2013 8:51 AM Dan R. Dick

Store Closing

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Churches could benefit their communities by using a "Living Wage Index" to get a true picture of local economies, and then advocating for better economic justice, writes Dale G. Caldwell. more

Jul 25, 2013 1:24 PM In the Church 2 Comments