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"On a Cart and a Prayer"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 01.19.2017 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima If it weren't for my wife, I would have starved to death long ago. Not only is Sue a great cook (her specialties include everything, ...

This 1993 Hillary Clinton Interview Gets To The Heart Of The Candidate's Faith

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.17.2016 | Religion

In April 1993, then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton opened up about her faith journey in an interview with The Washington Post. What ensued was a de...

A Look Behind The Scenes Of Hillary Clinton's Private Faith Life

America | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.18.2016 | Religion

In the moments after delivering the biggest speech of her political life, when the balloons had finished falling and the upbeat music had faded out, H...

A Queer United Methodist's Response to Bishop Karen Oliveto's Election

Erica N. West | Posted 07.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Erica N. West

This piece was originally published on the Reconciling Ministries Network website on July 21, 2016. As I left this year’s General Conference in Po...

Reframing Forgiveness

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We can't force someone to forgive. Therefore, the road to forgiveness may also involve understanding the person who has harmed us. This requires starting off on a journey that may entail a close examination of the person we need to forgive. The journey can be long and torturous.

Outpouring Of Methodist Clergy Pledge Support To LGBT Colleagues

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion

One week after more than 100 United Methodist clergy collectively came out as LGBT, hundreds of their colleagues called for the church to end discrimi...

An Unconditional Act of Faith -- Rev. Cynthia Meyer Comes Out to Her Methodist Congregation

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.20.2017 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

A mere 12 days ago, an extraordinarily brave and faithful soul found herself called by God to declare her own authenticity. She did so publicly in an intentional, courageous and life-changing sermon.

Refrocked and Ready: Franklyn Schaefer, LGBTQ Faith Hero

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 12.21.2016 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

This is the second entry in the LGBTQ Faith Heroes series. In 2013 Methodist Pastor Frank Schaeffer was removed from ministry for performing his gay...

Virgin Birth Can Affect Your Life, Believe It or Not

Peggy Payne | Posted 12.17.2016 | Religion
Peggy Payne

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, late December is an intense time of year in this hemisphere and the concept of the virgin birth has probably a...

Man Proposes To Boyfriend At Church, Church Responds Perfectly

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.27.2015 | Good News

Love is love, and this congregation embraced that. Trevor Harper and Davis Covin, who have been dating for nine years, are active members of the Firs...

United Methodist Church Pushes New Focus On Community Health

The Commercial Dispatch / The Associated Press | JAN SWOOPE | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - It's not uncommon to hear about missionaries and medical volunteers in far-flung corners of the world who deal with health cris...

Hillary Rodham Clinton Represents the Unfinished Business of Our Democracy

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

This is the Hillary Rodham Clinton who, if she runs and is elected president in 2016, will move us another giant step toward forming a "more perfect union" and finishing the business of our democracy.

Why I Officiated a Same-Sex Wedding

Rev. Gil Caldwell | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Gil Caldwell

My "Call" to ministry and my ordination as Deacon in 1956, compels me and frees me to be in complete and total ministry to all of God's people, regardless of who they are, what they have done, or whom they love.

Sunday School Taught Me That Jesus Was Straight... And Other Myths and Legends of Yore

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

There was never any discussion about the married status of these biblical people. It was simply assumed that they were all straight, just like my family: a mom and dad, children, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Emory's Controversial, Not-So-Gay-Friendly, Award

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Emory must decide: Are they comfortable with one of their schools honoring someone who has made life a whole lot harder for LGBT Methodists? Or are they the university that lives out the values of inclusion in which they take so much pride?

Lesbian Minister Sues Church After Being Dismissed For Marrying Wife

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A lesbian reverend in South Africa is filing a lawsuit after being dismissed by her church after tying the knot with her partner. As ioL News poin...

Bob Edgar: A Christian for the Common Good (1943-2013)

Morgan Guyton | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Bob believed in democracy, and he believed that Christians should fight for the common good. It was devastating to learn of his sudden death this week in a dark time when his prophetic vision has never been more sorely needed.

Do Christian Denominations Have a Future?

David Lose | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Despite my obvious denominational loyalty I'm not sure Christian denominations have a future -- or whether they even should. Here are five reasons that I not only suspect the day of denominations has passed.

My Top Ten List of 2012 Predictions on Sexuality, Religion, and Public Life

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I think it's safe to predict that sexuality, religion, and public life will continue to dominate the headlines during 2012.

When the Vows Break: Clinton Marriage and Legal Matters of Faith

Steve Lake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Steve Lake

It's best for inter-faith couples to settle on how they plan to handle a child's religious education and how holidays and religious traditions will be celebrated before they say, "I do."

Elizabeth Warren and Goliath

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Wallis

As Elizabeth Warren, a good Methodist, warns: The banks are trying everything they can think of to kill financial reform. And we must not let them do that.

Being Still in St. Patrick's Cathedral

Carol Hoenig | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Hoenig

Why does religion rely so desperately on the fear factor? Why does it have to use threats of eternal damnation instead of showing real joy?