Archives for July 2016

What Can I Do? I Can Love!

by Darian Pace If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 1 John 4:20 New Living Translation My heart aches, my soul tormented. There is a sense […]

What to say, what to do

by F. Willis Johnson* I am a pastor, in New York City with my wife, on a few days of summer leave. Over a 24-hour period my phone, social media channels and email blew up. Your attention was arrested too. My colleagues and clergy friends are frustrated and fearful. We want to talk, and then […]

Bishop Michael McKee Urges Local UMCs to Pray for Dallas

July 8, 2016 As United Methodists gather for worship this Sunday, I ask that this letter be read and followed by a period of silent prayer. ****************************************** Tragedy struck Dallas Thursday evening. Five Dallas law enforcement officers were killed, and seven officers and two civilians were injured. An evil act borne out of hatred devastated […]

Recently Read: Jurisdictional Conferences Gear Up to Elect Bishops

by Cynthia B. Astle Fifty-five candidates — including three openly gay clergy and a nominee who has been suspended pending charges — will vie for 15 bishop seats in five U.S. jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church during the week of July 11. The three openly gay clergy came out this spring in a letter […]

Recently Read: An evening of joy; a morning of tragedy: will we ever wake up?

by Christy Thomas We’d had the most joyful of afternoons. After two interminable weeks in a non-weight bearing foot situation, my husband’s bandage was replaced with a walking cast. Delighted, we went to out to dinner and watched a funny movie before bed. We retired without bothering to check the news. Able to stay in […]

Recently Read: Midnight in Dallas: What’s going on?

by Maria Dixon Hall Mother, mother There’s too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There’s far too many of you dying You know we’ve got to find a way To bring some lovin’ here today, eheh What’s Going On-Marvin Gaye I was a little girl when I first heard this song. I was a […]

Racial Justice Conversations Guide

Are you seeking ways to engage others in difficult, but important, conversations—such as the topic of white privilege and/or racial inequality? The following resources are intended to help get you started and create building blocks for additional work.   Read more and find additional links to resources at The General Commission on Religion and Race. […]

Recently Read: Young Leaders Summits Motivate Young People from Central Conferences

NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 6, 2016 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Abraham Johnson from Liberia became a part of the United Methodist team responding to the Ebola crisis in his country. Christopher Hamera from Malawi and Severin Pelakara from Cameroon currently are Global Mission Fellows with the General Board of Global Ministries. Young Leaders Summit 2016 participants Zimbabwean […]

Recently Read: On Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Government Terror

by David Gushee The favorite Bible passage for traditional Christians related to government authority is Romans 13:1-7. One key line in that passage says this (v. 3, NRSV): Rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and […]

Breaking up is hard to do (the Annual Conference edition)

by Scott Fritzsche If you missed it, Part 1 can be found here. I have started talking about why it is indeed time for the United Methodist Church to break up. In this post, I want to examine the actions of the Annual Conferences who have chosen to pass resolutions of non-compliance with the General Conference. […]

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