FUMC Midland, TX, brings Cuban pastor to establish Hispanic ministry

“We wanted to do this because there is a rapidly growing Spanish-speaking and English-speaking Hispanic population growing in Midland.

An urgent call to stop the horrific suffering in Iraq

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Iraq is divided and suffers many difficult challenges politically, economically and socially. Peace and reconciliation is critical and dialogue within the country is of utmost importance in order to bring about a lasting resolution to this humanitarian crisis.

DS/DCM Orientation Cultivating Vital Ministries

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  By Michael Rich “This training is like receiving a large suit of clothes that I haven’t grown into yet,” that’s according to an insight that Myron Wingfield, coordinator of the event, discovered from a 2013 participant. District Superintendents and Conference Directors of Connectional Ministries from across the connection gathered from August 24-28, 2014 at […]

GCORR board president Bishop Minerva Carcaño responds to the death of Michael Brown

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It is morally wrong that young African American teenagers are being killed in our communities. Racial ethnic communities should not be treated as war zones.

United Methodist Men will compete for top honors

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The General Commission on United Methodist Men will honor the top 30 local churches that engage in ministries designed to transform the lives of men and youth.

GCFA board begins budget discussions

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The board of directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) held its third scheduled meeting of 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee on August 21-22.

MLK’s daughter seeks nonviolent Ferguson response

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Those who participated in the civil rights marches of Martin Luther King Jr.’s era have had trouble connecting with the young people on the streets of Ferguson this month who see the 1960s as irrelevant. Bernice King tried to bridge that divide.

LGBTQ allies gather at Duke Divinity Convocation

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There’s been some controversy recently at Duke Divinity School about the place of LGBTQ persons in that community: Student Lizzie McManus-Dail said she asked a question at orientation regarding how to combat heteronormativity, which deals with gender separation, in classrooms. She said that Richard Hays, dean of the Divinity School, responded he was concerned the […]

Recently Read: RIP, average attendance

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David Odom, Executive Director of Leadership Education at the Duke Divinity School, recently unpacked the growing uselessness of worship attendance as a metric of church vitality at the Faith & Leadership site: The growing lack of dependability on attendance is a sign that the virtuous cycles that have sustained congregations since the end of World […]

Is James Foley a martyr? A brutal death sparks a faith-based debate

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From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians began calling him a martyr

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