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Recently Read: Senate chaplain shows his disapproval during morning prayer

Meet Senate Chaplain Barry Black. He’s not a United Methodist, but his example is an inspiration for us all: So it has gone every day for the last week when Mr. Black, who has been the Senate’s official man of the cloth for 10 years, has taken one of the more rote rituals on Capitol […]

Recently Read: Hollywood UMC puts its faith in filming

Some pastors have interesting decisions to make about the limits of ministry in their respective contexts. Consider the decisions the staff of the Hollywood UMC has to make on a regular basis: Although they support the film industry, the two pastors balk at some projects. Cooper-Ledesma said she declined when the producers of “CSI” wanted […]

Recently Read: United Methodist HBCUs Working to Recruit Minorities in STEM

From PRWEB: United Methodist historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), supported by The United Methodist Church’s Black College Fund, are working to recruit more women and minorities in the academic areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). via United Methodist HBCUs Working to Recruit Minorities in STEM – Press Release – Digital Journal. Click […]

Recently Read: Andrew Thompson debunks the Teresa MacBain story in the NYT

Andrew Thompson looks at self-proclaimed UM minister and atheist Teresa MacBain’s claims and chides the NY Times for bad reporting.

Recently Read: Can churches ask too much?

Ben Gosden wonders if we are burning out church members rather than making disciples: After 3+ years of ministry in a large, historic, urban church I’ve learned a lot not only from people who are faithful and active in the ministries of the local church — I’ve also learned a lot from the people who […]

Recently Read: Gay issues on Judicial Council agenda

The Judicial Council, the top court of the The United Methodist Church, recently published the agenda for their October meeting, leading to several articles in the church and secular press. United Methodist News Service’s (UMNS) Linda Bloom offered an synopsis of the issues in an article on the UMCConnections site: During the 2013 annual conference […]

Recently Read: Pastor faces trial for officiating same-sex marriage

From the Lebanon Daily News: Like all ministers, the Rev. Frank Schaeffer looked forward to officiating his son’s wedding. Now, his decision to do so could end his ministerial career. Schaefer, pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township, will go on trial before the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United […]

Recently Read: PBS show examines UM position on same/sex marriages

The PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly featured the debate in the UMC around same-sex marriage:   REV. OGLETREE: I was inspired by Dr. King during my participation in the Civil Rights Movement when he said that an unjust law is no law. These are unjust laws, and therefore they do not really have the authority of […]

Recently Read: United Methodist clergy warned to beware of scams

From the Columbus Dispatch: The local conference of the United Methodist Church is warning of a scam in which pastors and churches are contacted by con artists purporting to be from the bishop’s office and asking for money for someone urgently in need. In a message sent Thursday to churches and other Methodist organizations, the […]

Recently Read: Candler School of Theology defends honoring anti-gay reverend

From the GA Voice: Emory University’s Candler School of Theology is well-known for being accepting of LGBT students and faculty. But plans by the renowned theology school to recognize a well-known United Methodist Church reverend who helped organize an effort to ensure the UMC keep its longstanding stance that homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching” […]