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General Board of Church and Society

The Rev. Cynthia Abrams, who died Jan. 11 after battling cancer, was remembered as a good listener, a dear friend and a fearless campaigner for God's justice. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Directors of the UMC's social-action arm endorse no Way Forward model, but urge the church to remember its common values, especially social holiness that "invites us to remain united in our service to God and neighbor." Read more

A Way Forward

A Church and Society delegation finds itself deeply moved as the Rio Texas Annual Conference and Bishop Robert Schnase lead them on a trip to America's southern border. Read more

Advocating Justice

Two parallel campaigns – one interfaith and one Christian – debuted this week as ways for Christians to join in public witness to Jesus and his teachings in America. Read more

Views from a Ridge

General Secretary Susan Henry-Crowe reflects on Mother's Day and the recent announcement that the church failed to ratify two constitutional amendments related to justice for women. Read more

Perspectives

A proposed revision of The Social Principles, intended to make them more global in scope, is now available for feedback. Read more

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United Methodists attending the Washington, D.C., anti-racism event are encouraged to contact the General Commission on Religion & Race to connect during the multi-day gathering. Read more

Advocating Justice

Directors of the General Board of Church and Society met for the first time outside the United States, encounter immigrants' experiences and learning of Germany's reconciliation after years of division. Read more

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UN Symposium

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Church and Society recently co-hosted the Fourth Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Read more

Advocating Justice

Sometimes, when passionate United Methodists respond to Church and Society, the messages are so hate-filled they can knock you back on your heels, writes Tricia Bruckbauer. Read more

Perspectives

Stand for Justice

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Washington D.C. comes face-to-face with DREAMers and their allies at the United Methodist Building. Read more

Advocating Justice

After the Las Vegas shooting, United Methodists are wrestling with the public health issue of gun violence in the United States. Read more

Global Health

Immigration

UMNS Photo by Mike Dubose

UMC-supported Church World Service and the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society are among the agencies planning public demonstrations to support immigrant youths vulnerable to deportation. Read more

Advocating Justice

Reset the Heart

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August 9, 2014 "disrupted" the world of the Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran. That was the day Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri. Now she's written a book about the experience. Read more

Perspectives

Pablo Alvarado

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Giving sanctuary to undocumented immigrants means more than sheltering them inside a church building, as participants learned recently during training sponsored by MARCHA, the United Methodist Hispanic/Latino caucus. Read more

Advocating Justice

Team convenors for revision of the United Methodist Social Principles met in May with Church and Society staff to begin the task approved by the 2016 General Conference. Read more

Advocating Justice

Church & Society website

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The social justice agency's new website is intended to be clearer in identity and more accessible to users. Read more

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Immigration Airport Demonstrations

Photo by Erik Alsgaard, Baltimore-Washington Conference

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. Read more

Global Nature

Norway Kemper

Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

United Methodist ministries with migrant people will receive two forms of funding, says the denomination's program and budget coordination agency. Read more

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Clergy at Standing Rock

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Photo

Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters, including United Methodists and the UMC's social justice agency, will gather March 7-10 in Washington D.C. to lobby federal officials to protect their water against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read more

Advocating Justice

Golden Gun

Photo Courtesy of Jim Parsons

The United Methodist social action agency will sponsor a three-day forum in November to address America's epidemic of gun violence. Read more

Advocating Justice

The United Methodist Board of Church and Society is joining other national organizations to urge Congress to adopt a federal budget that doesn't penalize the nation's most vulnerable citizens. Read more

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