Mother of Jesus Mary

With a new kind of Christmas pageant, a United Methodist-sponsored congregation highlights Mary's role as a spokeswoman for the oppressed. Read more

Local Church

The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin in U.S. Border Patrol custody prompts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to imagine what the world would be like if Jesus had died while he was also a refugee. Read more


In a new job on a university campus, Charlie Baber ponders the Advent connections between America's racism and John Wesley's campaign to abolish slavery. Read more


Advent prepares us for Christmas through a truly revolutionary message, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

Practicing Faith

Mary's words reveals that the entrance of the Savior into the world is a subversive act on the part of God, initiating a social revolution against unjust rule, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

Christy Thomas

Christmas Nativity

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

How would Mary be treated as a young mother today? Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service finds that Mary serves as a role model for both today's mothers and people of faith. Read more

Global Health


Photo Courtesy of Dan R. Dick

We Wish You a Joseph Christmas

A "down and dirty" "Joseph" Christmas that acknowledges the humanity of the Holy Family -- including Jesus -- may be the kind of Incarnation story we really need, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. Read more

Dec 18, 2013 12:37 PM Dan R. Dick

Mary and Gabriel

Photo Courtesy of Amy Yeary Holmes

The courage to be vulnerable in order to participate with God may be one of Mary's most important examples to Christians today, writes Amy Yeary Holmes. Read more

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