People who are are bullying and exploiting the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, the homeless, the immigrants, LGBTQ+ colleagues, the powerless, the vulnerable are bullying our brothers and sisters, writes retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder. Read more

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John Wesley's sermon "A Caution Against Bigotry" and Mark 9:38-39 should be required reading for all United Methodists during this time of turmoil, to be more Christlike in our interactions with one another, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more


Standing up to the kind of hostile actions that marred a United Methodist Youth event in North Carolina requires us to exercise the very best of our Christian virtues, symbolized by a humble safety pin, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Three middle-schoolers' defense of a bullied classmate inspires the Rev. Dan R. Dick with a vision for United Methodist congregations. Read more

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Youth worker Yoshiro Nakajima wonders if the standard "heroic" responses that grown-ups counsel youth should take to bullying actually ignore the role that teens' "social currency" plays. Read more

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A friend's suicide prompted the Rev. Erik Alsgaard to become the community leader that he and others were waiting for. Read more

In the Church

Rev. Rebecca Clark, known as Pastor Becca, looks at the phenomenon of bullying and why she thinks the UMC resolution on the issue doesn't go far enough. Read more