Church-related projects and programs intended to build community relationships and counteract racism and xenophobia have been funded by the General Commission on Religion and Race's Action Fund. more

Jan 4, 2018 12:44 PM Advocating Justice

Little things make the big things: what little things that make big things could we do in the big “do-over” time that we call the New Year? asks the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Jan 2, 2018 1:43 PM Christy Thomas

The Rev. Jeremy Smith reflects on biblical guidance for how to respond to the tax reform act of 2017. more

Dec 21, 2017 11:40 AM Jeremy Smith 4 Comments

Christ Rich Youth

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Are we meant to care for the poor, or are we ourselves meant to be poor in order to have the fullest relationship with God? more

Dec 5, 2017 3:56 PM Perspectives

Goodwill Date Night

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The poor will always be with you–but that doesn’t make them an appropriate topic to be the butt of jokes, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Jul 19, 2017 12:08 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Sharon Watkins

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A coalition of faith-based organizations known as the Circle of Protection spoke out against the deep cuts in federal poverty programs proposed in the Trump Administration budget. more

Jun 22, 2017 12:42 PM Ministry with the Poor

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After a week of horrific shootings, the Rev. Christy Thomas offers some hard, sobering facts about the realities of life in America for many people. more

Jul 12, 2016 8:02 AM Christy Thomas

61st Ave. Luncheon

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Gentrification is having a negative effect on 61st Avenue United Methodist Church, a beacon of hope and care in the West Nashville neighborhood known as the Nations, writes the Rev. Rich Peck. more

Dec 4, 2015 12:16 PM Ministry with the Poor


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In the second of a four-part series on poverty in America, writer Mark Sandlin looks at the root causes of America's growing number of economically deprived citizens – greed. more

May 6, 2015 5:52 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Patriotic Glasses

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In the third of four parts, Mark Sandlin describes living in poverty in America, including life for a single mother of two making $14,500 a year more

May 6, 2015 5:51 PM Perspectives


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In the last of his four-part series, Mark Sandlin contends that American Christians are called by God to radically change the nation's current political and economic systems that are sustaining nationwide poverty. more

May 6, 2015 5:50 PM Perspectives

US Flag Divided

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In the first of a four-part series, writer Mark Sandlin examines the true divide in America – the income gap between the ever-richer 1 percent and the other 99 percent of Americans. more

May 6, 2015 5:48 PM Perspectives

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. more

Apr 1, 2015 11:12 AM In the Church

Municipal Violations

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The Rev. Laura Felleman calls the church's attention to comedian John Oliver's commentary on the new form of debtors' prison: excessive fines for municipal violations. more

Mar 26, 2015 4:23 PM Perspectives

Ten Things That Aren't in the Sermon on the Mount

Living out Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is challenging enough for any Christian without the things that have been attached to it through the centuries, writes the Rev. Jim Burklo. more

Oct 16, 2014 4:05 PM Jim Burklo 1 Comments

ALL the Children

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Daunting as the challenges seem, the gospel of Jesus Christ demands that Christians never resist caring for the welfare of all the world's children, writes the Rev. Brandon Lazarus. more

Aug 22, 2014 10:36 AM Perspectives

Poverty Simulation

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Noted progressive Christian author the Rev. Jim Burklo examines how to reduce and end poverty in America from a surprising spiritual perspective – a recent speech by Tea Party Republican Paul Ryan on reforming federal programs. more

Aug 8, 2014 12:21 PM 2 Comments


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From his faith perspective, neither institutional welfare nor individual charity is the right approach to alleviating poverty, writes J.D. Walt of Seedbed. more

Jul 2, 2014 2:30 PM Perspectives

Why is that our collective experience of poverty doesn't make us as more empathetic? asks the Rev. Laura Felleman. more

Mar 29, 2014 5:18 PM Perspectives

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Chett Prichett, lay member of his annual conference, muses on how much it costs to participate in the business of The United Methodist Church's "basic unit." more

Jun 6, 2013 3:46 PM Perspectives 8 Comments