Organized religion that incites people to hatred, rather than inspiring them to true holiness of love, would be a good thing to give up for Lent, writes the Rev. William E. Alberts.
Bread for the World, an interdenominational organization dedicated to ending world hunger, has publicly endorsed President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget as a moral document for its focus on the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
Original Posting At http://bishoppeggyjohnson.blogspot.com/2015/02/first.html The first African American Methodist churches in the early 1800s were controlled by white senior pastors and trustees. Chafing under oppression, the churches sought but were denied the dignity of self-determination by four consecutive General Conferences. But in 1864, as the end of America’s Civil War and slavery was imminent, their […]
A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Washington, D.C. to the offices of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church. There I participated in a Consultation on the Social Principles, one of eight planned meetings “to consider a process about how to make the United Methodist Social Principles more succinct, […]
Bishop Spong recently shared how one of his best-seller books was almost a United Methodist book, unveiling a pivotal moment in the UMC when honest conversations about human sexuality began to be systematically ground into dust.
The Church really needs to come up with a better answer to the question of why there is so much evil in a world that God meant for good, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas.
The Rev. Morgan Guyton ponders the question that won’t go away: are human beings inherently good or tainted with original sin?
News that malaria nets purchased by United Methodists are being used for other purposes prompts leaders to defend the popular mission program, writes David W. Scott.
Professional “mystery worshiper” Christy Thomas stresses a truth of today’s world: A church’s website is now its “front door” and needs to serve a welcoming function.
A Beatles’ song and plenty of common wisdom pose a critical question about how to live our lives with compassion, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan.