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Q&A: Lessons from facing a parent’s dementia

Many United Methodists appreciate the books of Robert Benson, author of nine works on the contemplative life, including Living Prayer and A Good Life. But he tells a very personal story in his latest book, Moving Miss Peggy (Abingdon Press). It’s the story of his mother’s descent into dementia, and the wrenching experience of moving […]

Q&A: The ‘Quiet Pentecost’ of spiritual formation

United Methodists worried about declining church membership may be overlooking a more subtle renewal that’s underway, writes the Rev. Dwight H. Judy in his new book, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013). Dr. Judy is a retired elder in the North Texas Conference and professor emeritus of spiritual […]

Bishop’s book draws on faith, leadership theory, martial arts

Greater Northwest Area Bishop Grant Hagiya earned a third-degree black belt in karate, as well as a master of divinity and a doctorate in organizational leadership. His new book Spiritual Kaizen: How to Become a Better Church Leader (Abingdon Press) draws on this varied background. Bishop Hagiya answered questions by email from managing editor Sam […]

Q&A: U.S. still religious, but not a ‘Christian nation’

Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and contributing editor to Time magazine, recently delivered the Bolin Family 2013 Public Life/Personal Faith lecture at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. Mr. Meacham lectured on “American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation,” also the title of his bestselling 2007 book. More […]

Q&A: Bringing a sports legend to life on the big screen

The new movie 42 focuses on the years when baseball great Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African American player in the modern era of Major League Baseball. The cast includes newcomer Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Dodgers general manager who signed him onto […]

Q&A: Finding a way into Methodism, and the clergy

Editor’s note: Throughout March, designated Women’s History Month by Congress, United Methodist News Service offered Q&As with notable women in the UMC. Here’s one with Roslyn Lee, a licensed local pastor pursuing ordination as an elder. Barbara Dunlap-Berg, internal content editor for United Methodist Communications, did the interview. Tell us a little about yourself. A […]

Q&A: Don’t underestimate ‘mainline’ influence

Robert P. Jones is the CEO of Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, D.C., a nonpartisan nonprofit that focuses on the intersection of religion, values and public life. Dr. Jones, who earned an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in religion from UMC-affiliated Emory University, writes “Figuring Faith” for the On Faith […]

Q&A: UMPH head provides update on closings

The United Methodist Publishing House’s decision to close all 57 Cokesbury stores last fall made big news beyond Methodism. Some stores have closed already, and the rest will be shuttered by April 26. Reporter managing editor Sam Hodges asked Neil Alexander, UMPH president and publisher, for an update. Mr. Alexander answered questions by email. Were […]

Q&A: Women as social gospel practitioners

History has largely ignored the work of churchwomen, according to the Rev. Ellen Blue, and she’s written a book in hopes of beginning to change that. A professor of the history of Christianity and United Methodist studies at Phillips Theological Seminary in Oklahoma, she is the author of St. Mark’s and the Social Gospel: Methodist […]

Q&A: New miniseries brings Bible stories to life

She captured America’s heart every week as the divine messenger on Touched by an Angel. He is the creative genius behind Survivor, The Apprentice and The Voice. Together, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are one of Hollywood’s most uniquely equipped married power couples. Beginning March 3, you will be able to catch their latest ambitious […]