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 […]

Recently Read: California-Nevada Conference passes resolution for living into grace

by Reconciling Ministries Network On Saturday, June 26th the California – Nevada Annual Conference passed the following: Living into a Season of Grace Background: The California-Nevada Annual Conference established itself as a Reconciling Conference in 1987 and has been continuously committed to being a fully inclusive church. The following are the aspirations of our Annual […]

Recently Read: Three Requests of My Centrist Friends – An Open Letter

By Rob Renfroe Over the past four years I have had the opportunity to be in dialogue with several leading “centrist” pastors. I have gotten to know them well enough to know that I like them. They are intelligent and thoughtful. They care about people and the vitality of the church. In fact, many of […]

Recently Read: Christian Witness in Trying Times

  Editor’s Note: At UMR we re-read this brilliant article by our friend and columnist Rev. Dr. Stephen Rankin on a regular basis.  We often recommend it to folks who cross the line in comments on our web-site here and in comments on our Facebook Page or in Twitter messages.  We post part of it […]

Recently Read: Alumni Profile: Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

LEADING CLERGY IN TRANSFORMING BALTIMORE Cynthia Moore-Koikoi serves as Baltimore Metropolitan District Superintendent for the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. She earned her Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2007. After working 10 years as a school psychologist the Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi surrendered to what she called her “irresistible […]

Recently Read: Once Tortured for His Faith, Sudanese Man Becomes UMC Licensed Pastor

By Annette Spence ALCOA, Tenn. (June 20, 2016) — Botrous Tutu has been a preacher for many years — since the 1990s when he was tortured in Sudan for refusing to renounce his faith — and for the last four years, in a little church in Alcoa. On June 11, 150 people came from three […]

Recently Read: Misattributing Evil

by Mark Tooley United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcano of the California-Pacific Conference responded to the Orlando gay nightclub mass murders by a reported pro-ISIS Islamist with the suggestion that her denomination’s traditional marriage teaching is to blame: As I have prayed for the victims of this latest shooting, for the shooter and his family, for […]

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