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Peace With Justice Sunday is Right Around the Corner!

May 5, 2017

Every United Methodist Church has the opportunity each June to lift up the work of justice and peace in their communities and around the world. Ensure your church is participating!

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Church and Society Awards Over $100,000 in Grants

May 4, 2017

Church and Society oversees the distribution of three different grants available to United Methodist congregations and organizations.

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Compassion Turned Into Action

May 3, 2017

There are many Sundays on the church liturgical calendar that can cause a pastor great anxiety. One of those Sundays can be Mother’s Day. While this day has Methodist roots in which it was created to celebrate motherhood, it can often be a painful day for a woman.

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Becoming an Ambassador of Hope: An Easter Reflection

April 16, 2017

In my role as co chair of the National Council of Churches in Germany, I served as one of the liturgists. The main actors were representatives of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany and the Evangelical Church in Germany. We commemorated a painful history of division after the reformation through Martin Luther and others including a 30 year long period of religious wars between Protestants and Roman Catholics from 1618 to 1648.

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Was There Anything We Could Have Done? A Good Friday Reflection

April 13, 2017

From the Syrian town of Khan Shekihoun last week came the story of a woman who gave her name as Om Ahmed. In her deepest sorrow she said, “If the world wanted to stop this they would have done so by now. One more chemical attack in a town the world hasn’t heard of won’t change anything.” Her voice cracking, “I’m sorry, my son died yesterday,” she said. “I have nothing left to say to the world.” (Washington Post, April 5, 2017)

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In Support of the United Nations Population Fund

April 12, 2017

As a country, the United States has faithfully contributed to international organizations that work on promoting the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls, helping couples and women have safe pregnancies, safe delivery, helping children to live beyond their first day on earth, preventing unwanted pregnancies and reducing abortions.

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Blessing of the “Disrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline” Art Station One, By Ndume Olatushani

April 11, 2017

This prayer was written by Dr. Jessie Smith to bless the Stations of the Cross, station which has been featured at the United Methodist Building this Lenten season. Some of the words in the prayer were written by passersby who were invited to contribute to the art piece.

An art installation outside the United Methodist Building highlighting the cradle to prison pipeline.

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United Methodists from 5 Jurisdictions Gather to Discuss Immigration

April 9, 2017

“Sanctuary is more than a word, it’s what you do,” began Bishop Minvera Carcaño at the Interagency task force National Gathering on Immigration. From March 11-14, United Methodists from every jurisdiction came to Washington, D.C. to strategize on how to respond to immigration issues in this moment.

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Why I Got Arrested in Annapolis

April 9, 2017

UMC Deacon Takes Stand Against Fracking in Maryland.

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Raising Your Voice: Tips For Meeting with Congress

April 9, 2017

Last week, I meet with staffers from both of my senators’ offices to discuss immigration issues from a United Methodist faith perspective. My senators from Kansas, Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, have a lot in common. They are both older white men, Kansas Republicans, and United Methodists. Despite their similarities on paper, my experiences could not have been more different.