Archives for November 2015

Should Christians welcome Syrian refugees into the United States?

  *by Rev Dr. David F. Watson Greg Abbott, the governor of my home states of Texas, recently tweeted the following: BREAKING: Texas will not accept any Syrian refugees & I demand the U.S. act similarly. Security comes first. — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 16, 2015 Abbott also recently tweeted this meme: For you were […]

UMR Poll: US response to Syrian refugees

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, a debate has emerged in the U.S. about whether refugees from Syria should be allowed to enter the country. While United Methodist teaching embraces welcoming the stranger, there are many (based on comments on this site and the UMR Facebook page) who seem to think that […]

Commentary: We must recognize we are engaged in a cultural war

*by Bishop Scott Jones We are all horrified by the terrible violence committed in Paris the evening of Nov. 13. We should be praying for the victims and their families and for the people of France who suffered this evil action. At the same time, we must pay attention to the larger context in which […]

10 Reasons Why United Methodists Should Ignore the Republican Governors

By Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder* How about that backlash, eh? The general goodwill that has been building the last few months toward Syrian refugees all but disappeared faster than you can say, “Bon jour” after the horror in France over the weekend. Apparently, compassion is one of the first victims of terrorism. Add a mixture […]

Americans fret about Islam, immigrants, the future — and each other

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN c. 2015 Religion News Service (RNS) Americans of all faiths and viewpoints are gloomy about the economy, anxious about Islam, bothered by immigrants and mistrustful across racial lines, a new survey finds. The Public Religion Research Institute’s annual American Values Survey, released Tuesday (Nov. 17), documents discontent among all major religious […]

UM Higher Ed launches new site about God’s call

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has launched the website to encourage United Methodists around the world to share videos of how God has called them to make a difference. United Methodists are asked to record and submit a video that explains why they feel called to do the […]

UM Global Ministries general secretary issues statement on Paris attacks

Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church offered his reflections on the terrorist attacks in Paris this past weekend: “Love and truth will embrace; justice and peace will kiss. Truth will spring from the earth; justice will look down from heaven” (Psalm 85:10-11, NIV).  We mourn […]

What United Methodists believe about other religions and immigrants

Given the recent decisions  by various state governors to attempt to restrict immigrants being placed in their states, it might be good to be reminded about what The United Methodist Church teaches about the rights of religious minorities and immigrants: Please feel free to download the images below and share on social media if you […]

UMCom releases General Conference 2016 phone apps

Nashville, TN— General Conference, in the palm of your hand – a redesigned 2016 General Conference app is now available. A helpful way to stay connected and learn more about all aspects of the conference, the app will feature news, photo and social media feeds, video and audio archives, live streaming of worship and plenary, the […]

Council of Bishops President: Statement on the Paris attacks

The President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops issued the following statement about the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris: John 11:35 Jesus wept. This week, we weep for those in Paris. We weep for the senseless violence. We weep for the innocents whose lives were cut short. We weep for those who are […]