January 3, 2012

  • Can I Get a Witness?

    Millennial African-Americans are poised to become United Methodist leaders, provided those who lived out the fellowship and formation of the racially segregated Central Jurisdiction mentor and educate them, writes Pastor Ron Bell Jr. more »

  • Black Sheep

    United Methodist Jacob Cannon finds that his faith -- including such doctrines as the ordination of women -- makes him an outcast at times at his Catholic boys' school. more »

  • Blue Water

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    The Great Flood -- Inhabiting Lent

    Chett Prichett, executive director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, finds that flooding in his new apartment gives him the opportunity to follow spiritual counsel to "inhabit Lent." more »

  • Lent

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    The Shadow of Lent

    The Rev. F. Richard Garland finds that he doesn't like the reflective season of Lent – the 40 days of spiritual preparation before Easter – but he finds that he needs its spiritual disciplines nonetheless. more »

  • Why I Am a United Methodist: Holiness and Happiness

    John Wesley's blend of personal and social holiness gave Brandon Wrencher a new path that blended well with his "Bapticostal" family traditions. more »

  • Waking to the Light

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    Waking to the Light

    The period of Lent gives him a new start on the spiritual practice of mindfulness, or focusing one's attention on God active in the world, writes the Rev. Jim Burklo. more »

Notable Quotes

"Each and every day, more and more LGBTQ people and our allies are coming out of a different closet — as evangelical Christians. And as more of us step out, the more we are sensing that the Spirit of God is powerfully working in our midst. The fruit that we are seeing coming from these churches, ministries and lives is abundant. We are seeing real lives saved. Faith is reborn in the hearts of many who never thought there would be a place for them at God’s table. Revival is breaking out among younger evangelicals, who are catching a glimpse of the new thing God is doing in our midst. In other words, we are seeing tremendous blessing, not wrath."

– Author and activist Brandan Robertson in a Religion News Service commentary, "I'm Queer and I'm Still Evangelical."

The Journey of Lent

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