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A Pastor Walks Into a Room Full of Atheists

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 07.25.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

By guest blogger Caleb Pitkin This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to ref...

Pride In Love

Rance Collins | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Rance Collins

The LGBT community suffered one of the most heinous displays of hate our country has ever witnessed. Many would react with anger, and justifiably so. It was love, though, that swept over LA on that cool, cloudy June morning.

Beyond Divestment: Global Warming, Trauma And The Call For Pastoral Care

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

For many who champion divestment, it is seen as something both symbolic and substantial. For those who argue against divesting, a key argument is that investing is a way to maintain a voice and influence discovery and innovation around cleaner forms of energy.

Why Summer Camp Transforms: Stillness in the Midst of Movement

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I loved recess. When I was young, schools didn't have a name for Attention Deficit Disorder, much less tolerance for it. So running out to the playgro...

A Vote in Memory of Queer Clergy Pioneer, Paul Abels

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Methodork (METH-uh-dawrk) noun A Methodist who knows well and takes an interest in the structure and polity of their denomination. If you're a Methodi...

Why I'm Leaving My Church

Harry Lewis | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Harry Lewis

At twenty, I'm starting to find myself defining my identity in terms of "used to" phrases. I used to stress myself sick about my grades. I used to pla...

What the United Methodist Church and Hillary Clinton Got Right About BDS

Jack Rosen | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Jack Rosen

Israel seems to be undergoing a protracted period of gloom and doom. The quarreling about its future leaders and possible downfall of Netanyahu make Israel look weak and incompetent.

The Hell(ow) Brick Road - Why Intentions Aren't The Pavement

Omar Naseef | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Omar Naseef

One of the most divisive issues currently facing Methodists is what official ecclesiastical position the United Methodist Church (UMC) should take on matters of human sexuality. This issue threatens to split the church, which I think would be an unfortunate outcome.

Methodists in Portland: The Travail of Staying United

Christopher H. Evans | Posted 05.31.2016 | Religion
Christopher H. Evans

The recent General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon highlights the struggles of a denomination that is hemorrhaging.

Honest to God

Trey Lyon | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Recently the United Methodist Church has faced the latest iteration of an ecclesial identity crisis. This is not a new phenomenon, as division over wh...

Healing the Evil of Religious Dogma and Returning to Love

Steve Robertson | Posted 05.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Steve Robertson

I was born in California and began to question the reality of religion at the early of about seven. My father, a Physicist and Aerospace engineer, wou...

Having Trouble Feeling United as a Methodist

John Colatch | Posted 05.19.2016 | Religion
John Colatch

The United Methodist General Conference, our four-year festival of legislation, prayer and bad manners has wound up.

No Ordinary Time: A Call to Awareness and Action

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.17.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

On Sunday, many Christians celebrated Pentecost, the day in the Liturgical Calendar when the Holy Sprit descends to earth. It is often called the birthday of the church and is timed 50 days after Easter.

Outpouring Of Methodist Clergy Pledge Support To LGBT Colleagues

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.16.2016 | 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...

Of Polarization, Patriarchy and the United Methodist Church

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

In the end, what it takes are leaders willing to listen to the Holy Spirit calling us into all truth and not the Institute for Religion and Democracy calling us into the House of Fear. Fear of the other. Fear of loss of power. Fear of schism.

A Call to Justice, Inclusion, and Reconciliation: An Open Letter to Moderate/Centrist Delegates to the United Methodist General Conference

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.11.2016 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The following was written by Dr. John D. Copenhaver, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy at Shenandoah University and a member of The C...

More Than 100 United Methodist Clergy Come Out As LGBT

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion

Dozens of Methodist clergy members took a stand for equality on Monday in the hope that their church will re-evaluate discriminatory policies toward l...

Open Letter from a Palestinian Christian to the United Methodist Church

Philip Farah | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Philip Farah

As an American of Palestinian Christian origin, I urge the United Methodist Church to heed the Palestinian Christian Kairos call for divestment from c...

A Time to Follow Rules, and a Time to Refrain from Following Rules: Reflections on Occupy Wall Street and the United Methodist Church

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

By Rev. Vicki Flippin and Rev. Nathan Bledsoe We serve a God who once chided the religious authorities, "The sabbath was made for humankind, not huma...

The Story I Never Thought I'd Live to Tell

Ben Weger | Posted 04.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Ben Weger

For my whole life not only have I felt great disappointment at not being able to have the life experiences I wanted, but my body has looked wrong and my clothes have never fit right. I had hoped for a beard and I ended up with breasts. And for most of my life I felt stuck.

The West Bank Village of Wadi Foquin: Trying to Survive

Zeina Azzam | Posted 03.04.2016 | World
Zeina Azzam

The bucolic Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin, nestled in a lush valley on the West Bank, is known for its fruits and vegetables, honey, olive trees, and natural springs. Situated near the green line with Israel, it lies five miles southwest of Bethlehem. Wadi Foquin is also a village fighting for its very existence.

The Lairds Came To America!

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

249 years ago during a bitterly cold January and February, they were on two ships...Samuel Laird, 41, his wife, Margaret Gibson, 36, and their three s...

The '1 Percent' in Mainline Protestantism? Congregations Attracting Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Predicting the future is fraught with difficulty in the rapidly changing, competitive marketplace of American religion. But the prospects for a turnaround in mainline Protestantism are growing fainter as the movement enters its second half-century of precipitous decline.

Methodists Blacklist 5 Israeli Banks Over Human Rights Violations

The New York Times | Jade Walker | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion

The pension board of the United Methodist Church — one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States, with more than seven million me...

Refrocked and Ready: Franklyn Schaefer, LGBTQ Faith Hero

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 12.21.2015 | 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...