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Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball reflects on today’s laity address

I had a chance to catch up with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball today. We worked together for several years, and I’m very familiar with her belief that laity are vital to transforming the church in the 21st century. Take a listen to her reflection on the laity address, and read the full text here. Laura […]

Faith in Christ calls us to seek justice, end poverty

By Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, Special Contributor… I was recently reminded in a sermon shared by the Rev. Mark Flynn, superintendent of the Greenbrier District in the West Virginia Conference, that Jesus became angry over very few things. One of the rare times when the Scriptures record Jesus’ anger was when the disciples spoke sternly […]

Congregations respond to 700 miles of U.S. storms

Challenged by a swath of severe summer storms and sweltering temperatures, United Methodists immediately opened their churches as cooling/relief centers and went to work removing debris. According to accuweather.com, a “super derecho” of violent thunderstorms left a more than 700-mile trail of destruction across the U.S. Midwest and mid-Atlantic on June 29. The National Oceanic […]

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