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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2019

December 13, 2019

This year’s annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church fell on November 3, right before our trip to El Salvador. I did not know it at the time, but this annual observance would thematically define for me the week that was to follow.

photo of Latin American bible

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Center down: Prayer in the struggle for justice

December 11, 2019

Dr. Jessie Smith, who coordinates the weekly chapel service at the United Methodist Building, reflects on the need for prayer in her — and our — work for peace and justice.

Simpson Memorial Chapel

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Death, Disappearance and Despair: A Korean American’s Reflection on “Called Seminar: El Salvador”

December 10, 2019

The story of El Salvador is a human story. It is a war story. It is my story. It is an American story.

El Salvador group Romero mural

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United Methodist chapel threatened by border wall

December 9, 2019

United Methodist News reported earlier this year about a historic United Methodist chapel that is being threatened by President Trump’s proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Here’s an update.

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How to Be, Not Do, in Fascinating El Salvador

by Dorothy Wetzel (aka The Modern Day Church Lady)

Dorothy Wetzel El Salvador feature photo

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Rust College Students Embrace UMC’s Social Principles in the Spirit of Ida B. Wells in Holly Spring, MS

By: Damien Jackson, Former President, Rust College Student Government Kymberlee Taylor, President, Rust College Student Government Josiah Franklin, Mr. Rust College, and President, Division of Business Student Academic Council

Rust College student presenting

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Gratitude for ministries of companionship and relationship

November 28, 2019

Ministry is not transactional but about companionship and relationship.

Sanctuary Lydia Patterson Institute

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Food, tables and God's nature

November 26, 2019

Food and feasting are a part of Thanksgiving and the lives of many congregations. What does the way we eat and invite others to eat say about our understanding of the character and nature of God?

A large group sits at a very long table, set with folded napkins and glass goblets. Bread and a chalice for communion sit in the middle of the table.

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The Crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

November 25, 2019

There is a crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women (MMIW) in the United States. Outside of Native American communities, however, not many seem to be aware of this tragedy.

Numunu Nahmi Oklahoma Ballet Performers. A red handprint, as seen on the faces of these performers, symbolizes the voice of missing and murdered indigenous women silenced.

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Church and Society Partners with HBCUs

November 21, 2019

At the Leadership in Transformation conference, Church and Society partners with HBCUs on the struggle for justice.

LIT Conference