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Recently Read posts are stories the editors of The United Methodist Reporter have found interesting from other sites and wanted to share with our readers. The editors do not necessarily endorse the opinions shared in these stories, and referral here should not imply endorsement of that content.

Recently Read: Guntersville Woman Helps the Homeless

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Shirley Chupp is a very special woman who reaches out to the community with open arms ready to love and help the needy. She is a counselor with Guntersville First United Methodist Church, but she also is the driving force behind a program for the homeless that offers a safe sheltered […]

Recently Read: What would happen if your church was reviewed on TripAdvisor?

Churches spend a lot of time on the big things, like a glorious anthem and prophetic preaching. But a UMC pastor says small details matter, too, like lights that burn brightly, signs that make sense and greeters who greet. via How to welcome church visitors | What would happen if your church was reviewed on […]

Recently Read: Becoming comfortable being uncomfortable

Josh Fitzpatrick, Youth Minister at the First UMC of Duncanville, TX, recalls a story from his family that taught him a valuable lesson in his ministry: I wonder how many times we talk ourselves out of opportunities that could end up being really incredible experiences by telling ourselves that we don’t belong, by giving in […]

Recently Read: “Biblical obedience” in action at RCM Churchquake Convocation

One of the events that made up the recent Churchquake Convocation sponsored by the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) were two weddings of same-sex persons, one of which was conducted by two United Methodist clergy — the Rev. Kathryn Johnson and the Rev. Bruce Robbins. Johnson recently posted her reflections on the RMN site along with […]

Recently Read: When Methodist distinctives aren’t

Kevin Watson unpacks some of the standard sayings we United Methodist sometimes use to describe our distinctiveness from other faith traditions: Methodists, particularly United Methodists, have a very bad habit of making sweeping statements about what makes the Methodist tradition distinct or unique. The main reason this is a bad habit is because when Methodists […]

Recently Read: Dan Dick reflects on “Shmoo Church”

Dan Dick, Director of Connectional Ministries for the Wisconsin Annual Conference and a former GBOD staff member writes about the UMC as a “Shmoo Church”: Among young adults with little or no interest in The United Methodist Church, a key reason for their indifference — to downright disdain — is a church perfectly happy with […]

Recently Read: GBGM head prays for peace in Syria

Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries reflects on the Syrian crisis and calls all to prayer: We must continue to pray for peace and for healing. The crisis in Syria is bigger than us but not bigger than our loving God. I invite you to join me in responding to […]

Recently Read: GBCS on 40 Days of Prayer for Immigration Reform

The General Board of Church and Society calls for prayer and action on immigration reform: People of faith continue to make their voices heard on immigration reform. We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in the movement for immigration reform. As followers of Jesus, we believe that the combination of faithful prayer and solidarity with […]

Recently Read: United Methodists and the NCC

John Lomperis of the IRD critiques UM participation Decades of steady U.S. membership decline are finally catching up with the United Methodist Church. Some parts of our bloated denominational bureaucracy are now being forced to make significant cuts. But one area where denominational expenditures have remained relatively high is in funding the notoriously leftist National […]

Good News: Coping with a Hostile Society

Tom Lambrecht offers an interesting commentary about maintaining traditional Christian values in a culture that tends to view Christianity in negative terms due to Christian judgmental attitudes: It is true that there have been times and places where Christians have acted “unchristianly.” We have been judgmental and insensitive in how we attempted to express the […]