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Cynthia B. Astle

The death of her beloved mother-in-law, Evelyn Grebe, resurrects the age-old questions about the deepest mysteries of life and death, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Salisbury Font

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United Methodism's current debates over who has broken or kept "the covenant" ignore the most compelling covenant of all -- our baptismal vows, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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The convergence of Pope Francis' U.S. visit with the death of religion expert Phyllis Tickle underscores something significant for fractious United Methodists, namely Jesus' call to love the unlovable, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia showed brotherly love for a Catholic group devoted to LGBT inclusion when the group was refused entry to a Catholic event visited by Pope Francis. Read more

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Baltimore

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The eruption of violence in Baltimore in the wake of the police custody death of Freddie Gray prompts a response from UM Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Open for Service

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The furor over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration – seen by critics as granting businesses license to discriminate against LGBTQ people – reflects The United Methodist Church's own dilemma over its anti-LGBTQ stances. Read more

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Emotional First Aid

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A TED talk by psychologist Guy Winch awakens Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle to the United Methodist Church's need for "emotional first aid." Read more

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A welter of "plans" for somehow dividing The United Methodist Church along lines of LGBTQ+ acceptance now face the denomination. Read more

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Labor reformer Frances Perkins, a devout Christian, would object to a proposed Labor Department regulation that would erode workers' protections under the guise of protecting employers' faith-based discrimination. Read more

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Anna Blaedel

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The Rev. Anna Blaedel will be tried for a third time on a charge of violating the Book of Discipline for being a queer person in ordained ministry. Read more

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Religious leaders who visited El Paso five days before the Aug. 3 shooting have issued a call for all "people of conscience" to speak out against racist policies and speech – including that of President Trump. Read more

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Charlottesville Shelter

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Christians are called to stand up – in words and actions – against the climate of rage and hatred fostered by the president's racialized rhetoric. Read more

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United Methodist academics who favor full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in The United Methodist Church will gather to hear presentations on what future direction the denomination could take. Read more

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Two clergymen share examples of the differing views on whether The United Methodist Church should divide. Read more

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How are Christians to fulfill Jesus' mission of care and compassion in a nation that has become an empire committing evil under a racist president? Read more

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Against horrific headlines about the plight of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, United Methodists are bringing help and hope to refugees and asylum seekers, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Asbury Wesley Statue

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Final version of letter from Asbury alumni and students opposing the Traditional Plan gets new circulation through social media. Read more

General Conference 2019 9 Comments

Bishops LaTrelle Easterling and Laurie Haller rendered rulings of law on challenges presented at the 2019 sessions of their respective annual conferences. Read more

General Conference 2019 2 Comments

Top agency executives and bishops are urging United Methodists to assist immigrants with supplies, advocacy and spiritual support, while the World Methodist Council has pledged to work internationally to help migrants. Read more

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Choosing to disaffiliate from the UMC marks a failure of leadership, while withholding funding for church-wide ministries put lives at risk, say California-Nevada leaders. Read more

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Detention Vigil

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A dream of liberating and caring for migrant children turns into a nightmare at the reality of inhumane treatment in U.S. border camps, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Traditionalist leaders who failed to be elected as delegates to General Conference 2020 come from different annual conferences but share a network of connections. Read more

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Centrist and progressive candidates sweep General Conference delegate elections in four annual conferences on one day. Read more

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Delegates who have been involved with the Commission on A Way Forward and have supported the One Church Plan are asking the Judicial Council to reconsider its ruling on the Traditional Plan's constitutionality. Read more

General Conference 2019 4 Comments

Latest tallies on General Conference elections; one LGBTQ leader departs and another "rides the circuit." Read more

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U.S. annual conferences are looking toward the denomination's future in varied ways, including electing younger, more progressive delegates to General Conference. Read more

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Participants in the UMC Next and Our Movement Forward summits find commonalities amid their differences, including hope for a more inclusive United Methodist Church. Read more

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