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Commentary: Congregations can help the troops coming home

By Larry Hollon, Special Contributor… When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, troops came home not to the accolades and war heroes’ welcome of days past, but to personal attacks on character based on the condemnation of the war itself. Today, we face an unprecedented number of troops coming home from what has become the […]

Reclaiming the holiday – UMCOM ads tout shift from consumerist Christmas

Two years ago, children at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park, Pa., celebrated Advent with a “Journey to Bethlehem.” Each child attending left with a gift in hand. Last year, when a new event replaced Journey to Bethlehem, the kids left empty-handed. Instead of receiving gifts, they left behind items they’d made for people […]

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