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Newtown responders get ‘Strength for Service’

By Arthur McClanahan, United Methodist News Service… NEWTOWN, Conn.—Five months ago, the news from Newtown, Conn., stunned the world. Twenty children and six teachers and administrators had been killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The anguish of the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, is profoundly real for the families of the innocents who died […]

The challenge of MLK Day

By Bishop Joseph E. Pennell, Jr., Special Contributor… I was a pastor in Memphis, Tenn., when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. The morning after he was gunned down I marched with a group of clergy and laity to the office of Mayor Henry Loeb with the hope that he would use his influence to honor […]

Reflections: As we search for answers and a reason to hope

A school bus stop is located on the corner in front of our house. For years we have watched the daily ritual of children and teenagers leaving for school and returning home. Since our 11-year-old twin grandchildren live only doors away, we get a glimpse of them each day. Both with backpacks, one carrying a […]

Two children killed in massacre attended Newtown UMC

By Joanne S. Utley, Special Contributor… Newtown United Methodist Church has a passionate history of reaching out in mission to the world, but now it finds that the world’s attention and caring is riveted on its own tight-knit community in Connecticut.   On Friday, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six teachers and administrators at […]