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The kindness of friends and a mission from God sparked the creation of United Methodist Insight, recalls its founder, Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Views from a Ridge

Ten churches in Dallas have been vandalized in the past few weeks, including two United Methodist congregations, one of them hit twice. Read more

Local Church

Demonstrations by white supremacists in North Carolina prompts the Rev. Charlie Baber to send the Wesley Bros on a search for hidden racists, ala a puzzle in a popular children's magazine. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Longtime civil and humans activist the Rev. Gilbert Caldwell finds opportunities and cautions in a recent letter to dissidents from President Timothy C. Tennent of Asbury Theological Seminary. Read more

Perspectives 9 Comments

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

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Bishop Kenneth L. Carter calls for United Methodists to help end white supremacy and xenophobia that he says is fueling the culture of violence. 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

Views from a Ridge 6 Comments

Church leaders in Baltimore are urging United Methodists to resist “reactionary responses” to President Donald Trump’s disparaging tweets about their beloved city. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

In the name of “family values,” Christian nationalists have empowered a president and an administration that are assaulting families at the U.S.-Mexico border, writes the Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Read more

Advocating Justice

United Methodists join with other Christian leaders in Maryland to rebuke President Donald J. Trump over his public insults of Baltimore and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. Read more

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With racial tension building across the U.S. and the world, the Rev. Brittney Stephan says that it’s time for people of faith to confront walls of hatred, injustice, and fear. Read more

Advocating Justice

Hate Speech

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Dehumanizing and demeaning speech directed toward other human beings is more than a language problem, writes retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder, who reminds his readers of what Jesus said in Matthew 15:18 about what truly defiles a person. Read more

Perspectives 4 Comments

Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky responds to a recent wave of bad news with a passionate witness to the reality of Christian hope even in dispiriting times. Read more

Perspectives

Eastern Pennsylvania Conferences' Commission on Religion and Race issued an endorsement of a statement sent by church-wide agencies protesting offensive racial comments by President Trump. Read more

Advocating Justice

Religious activist John Gehring asserts that the recent arrests of some 70 Catholic nuns and priests shows the need for committed religious civil disobedience now. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

The Rev. Darren Cushman Wood wants those who see themselves as "centrist" United Methodist to understand the full scope of progressives' concerns and actions. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

A progressive split in the United Methodist Church threatens the very diversity it claims to want to protect, writes the Rev. Rebecca L. Holland in a guest post from Hacking Christianity. Read more

Perspectives 4 Comments

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell gives his son Dale, a United Methodist lay minister, some wisdom from his experiences as a campaigner for civil rights in both church and society. Read more

Perspectives

Two prominent African American pastors, the Rev. Dr. Vance P. Ross and the Rev. Rudy Rasmus, challenge the idea that human sexuality is the UMC's most pressing issue in a video from the General Commission on Religion and Race. Read more

A Way Forward

The Incarnation of Jesus made humans holy, but denying the sacred humanity in ourselves and others leads us into substituting inhumane evils for our divine identity, says the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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