Archives for September 2014

On 9/11 anniversary, a survivor seeks a National Day of Discussion

If we can’t figure out a way to profit from the most significant events on our nation’s calendar, we seem destined to neglect them. We have lost sight of why these events are significant — the extraordinary actions of courageous Americans, and the important lessons from their lives that should inspire future generations.

Dr. Bill McElvaney, social justice crusader, dies

Dr. Bill McElvaney, one of North Texas’ most revered retired pastors, died August 24, 2014.

“In Defense of Christians” seeks to protect brethren from Egypt to Iraq

Watching ancient Christian communities stand nearly defenseless as Islamic militants roll across swaths of the Middle East, coalitions of Christians are banding together to sound the alarm and demand government action.

Denominational restructuring won’t work; local churches must innovate

In an earnest 3,000-word letter to the church, the Episcopal task force acknowledged that “innovation and adaptation” are already under way at local levels, where the church’s fortunes actually are shaped. “With or without” action by churchwide bodies, the new is breaking in.

A Higher Law

The higher law tradition will always be something beyond the grasp of political fad and seasonal abusers of human rights. Thank God for that. I mean it. Thank God for that. This thread of political thinking is not held hostage to either reactionary right or trendy left.

UMC Street View: FUMC of Hartford, AL offers community tutoring

Hartford First United Methodist is moving a tutoring program from its campus into the community hoping to make it more accessible beyond its own membership.

United Methodists work to reverse Scout losses

Churches with members who don’t look like their neighborhood can change that through scouting,” said Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the commission.

Christian group sanctioned at two dozen college campuses

A well-established international Christian student group is being denied recognition at almost two dozen California college campuses because it requires leaders to adhere to Christian beliefs, effectively closing its leadership ranks to non-Christians and gays.

Former Ram Aeneas Williams now tending a flock in Ferguson

In a dark high school auditorium, hundreds gather every Sunday to listen to a former St. Louis Ram who has traded in an athletic career for a life of coaching.

GBHEM and GBOD renew and expand e-readers for theological education agreement

A pilot project to provide e-readers loaded with theological texts has proven so successful that GBHEM General Secretary Kim Cape and GBOD General Secretary Tim Bias renewed their joint agreement, continuing this interagency collaboration until December 2016.