Subscribing to yet another email newsletter prompts Cynthia B. Astle to ponder the daily collisions between life and faith.
Texas’ Juneteenth holiday, which celebrates the arrival of news of emancipation for the state’s slaves, gives Cynthia B. Astle a way to ponder the acquittal of the former officer who shot and killed Philando Castile.
The Old Testament Book of Hosea offers spiritual insights into the current situation facing America, marked by the June 14 shooting of five Republicans at a ballfield, writes Cynthia B. Astle.
A clergywoman’s complaint about how her allegations of sexual harassment were handled by the North Texas Conference revealed what her supporters saw as a lack of justice and leaders saw as protecting “fair process.”
The “fair process” for handling complaints of misconduct against both United Methodist clergy and laity is complex and shrouded in confidentiality that obstructs common understanding.
The United Methodist Church is expanding its efforts at all levels worldwide to assist many of the 65.3 million people who have been involuntarily displaced from their homes, especially the 21 million classified as refugees by the United Nations.
The Rev. Dr. Kevin M. Watson says his views critical of United Methodism’s “big tent” theology were misrepresented by The Interpreter, the denomination’s official program journal.
United Methodists and Episcopalians have finally produced a full communion proposal that answers the concerns of both denominations, reported Bishop Gregory Palmer to the Council of Bishops recently.
Betsy DeVos had no business peddling “school choice” at United Methodist-related Bethune-Cookman University, and the crowd was right to protest her appearance, writes Cynthia B. Astle
Concepts in a proposed church identity document that are filtering through other developing works seem to hold hope for fostering unity and avoiding schism in The United Methodist Church, writes Cynthia B. Astle.