Archives for January 2015

Fossil Free UMC Commends GBOPHB Decision to Screen Coal from Investments

“Creating a coal investment screen is more than an act of fiduciary duty. It’s a bold expression of The United Methodist Church’s values,” says Rev. Jenny Phillips.

Mt. Bethel UM Church Withholds Apportionments

One of the largest congregations in The United Methodist Church withheld over $200,000 of its apportionments in 2014 in response to what it believes to be “wholly unsatisfactory” inaction on the part of the Council of Bishops to recent controversies within the denomination. The congregation will make no further payments in 2015 without the explicit […]

U.S. churchgoers still sit in segregated pews, and most are OK with that

On the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Jan. 15), just as the civil rights drama “Selma” was nominated for best picture in the Oscar race, one fact of American life was little changed. Sunday morning remains, as King once observed, the most segregated hour in America. And, against a backdrop of increased racial tensions, […]

Hundreds of Duke students rally with Muslims at Friday’s call to prayer

DURHAM, N.C. In the end, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast from a small black speaker perched on the steps of the Duke Chapel Friday (Jan 16), as hundreds of students, some Muslim but mostly non-Muslim, gathered in solidarity for the right of all students to pray publicly. The gathering, replete with signs reading […]

Duke cancels Muslims’ call to prayer after Franklin Graham leads revolt

Officials at Duke University abruptly dropped plans to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from the iconic bell tower of Duke Chapel after online protests led by evangelist Franklin Graham and unspecified security threats. The decision on Thursday (Jan. 15) came one day before the “adhan,” or traditional call to prayer, was to be broadcast […]

Pope Francis on free speech: ‘You cannot insult the faith of others’

Pope Francis on Thursday (Jan. 15) condemned last week’s terrorist attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo but warned there were limits on freedom of expression.

Ralph Abernathy: Martin Luther King Jr.’s overlooked ‘civil rights twin’

“Martin didn’t do anything that Ralph David Abernathy didn’t do except he took a bullet,” Juanita Abernathy recalled in an interview. “Martin never made a decision that Ralph Abernathy was not a part of. And it trickled down from the two of them to everybody else.”

Christian writer Margaret Feinberg shares breast cancer struggles, lessons on joy

Chandler said she had two options: Round up the wagons and tell no one, or invite her readers into the journey. She decided to test the waters of the second option, but the results were not what she’d hoped for.

Nigerian archbishop calls for unity marches following Boko Haram massacres

Nigerian Roman Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama says his country needs a similar march to the one held in Paris on Sunday (Jan. 11) to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks.

End of year wraps up on positive note for United Methodist Insurance

United Methodist Insurance is reporting positive results and improvements for the year end 2014 and an outlook for continued significant growth in 2015.

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