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The Silent Streets: 50 Years After Shouts Rang Out in Jackson, Mississippi

Kelly Figueroa-Ray | Posted 12.07.2013 | Religion
Kelly Figueroa-Ray

What do we make of the silent streets? The cry of civil rights struggle is drowned out by the comforting seductions of a wishful post-racial mindset.

Pastor On Trial For Officiating Son's Same-Sex Wedding

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices

A Pennsylvania pastor will reportedly be be forced to stand trial in front of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church for o...

Planting Paradise in a Parking Lot

Anna Clark | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Anna Clark

Times are changing, though, and localism is taking root in our city's culture. Here in East Dallas, a nearby Baptist church hosts a green fair every other weekend in their parking lot. But no sign of progress has been so inspiring as the garden springing up over our own church parking lot.

Methodist Ministers Openly Defy Church Law, Prompt Rulings Review

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 09.26.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Facing a wave of open defiance to church law, the top court of the United Methodist Church is set to consider rulings challenging chu...

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?

A Family Discussion: A Progressive Response to the UMC, IRD, and LGBT

Joel L. Watts | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

John Lomperis has taken it upon himself to speak on behalf of the denomination in what we believing is a misleading manner. His Washington Post op-ed misleads the public as to the true state of United Methodism, as it concerns the equality of the LBGT community.

Malaria Battle Is Not Lost, But We Must Redouble Our Effort

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Rev. Larry Hollon

Are bed nets continuing to be effective? Are bed nets the solution? Are we in danger of falling back and giving ground to a more virulent form of the parasite?

Finding A Christian Way Forward On Gay Marriage In The Things Unsaid

Joel L. Watts | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Let us pause and consider all of the things Jesus could have possibly said -- and yet didn't -- to the Centurion who loved his pais enough to debase himself in front of the traveling Galilean prophet.

Religious Defiance, Thank God!

Lynette Mae | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Lynette Mae

Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree, only wanting to fully participate in his son's marriage, unwittingly became a symbol of religious defiance. He told The New York Times, "I actually wasn't thinking of it as an act of civil disobedience or church disobedience. I was thinking of it as a response to my son."

A Love Letter To The United Methodist Church

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

I pray for this church. I adore this church too much to allow it to sin. And I am determined to do everything in my power to love this church into righteousness.

What If It's Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness? (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Jesse Lava

If a vindictive, biased justice system is irreconcilable with the Gospel, what is a Christian to do? The answer is first to get outraged -- a perfectly Christian emotion if it next leads to action that helps the powerless in their struggle for justice.

WATCH: Young Boy Preaches Homosexuals 'Are Worthy Of Death' In Front Of Church

Posted 04.01.2013 | Gay Voices

A young demonstrator took aim at North Carolina's Green Street United Methodist Church after its recent pledge to stop performing weddings until same-...

Religious-Based Alternatives To Evolution Promoted By Texas Education Official

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Is it too much to ask that those who are attempting to destroy public science education in Texas and beyond at least be consistent? Unfortunately, the latest turn of events in Texas means that even consistency has become a victim.

The Defining Moment

Frances Hesselbein | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Frances Hesselbein

In my grandmother's arms, I cried my heart out for poor Mr. Yee. That was long ago -- the defining moment when I learned respect for all people, the defining moment that would stay with me, would shape my life with passion for diversity, for inclusion.

Romney Puts Politics Before Country During Hurricane Sandy

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

As the nation deals with the impact of Hurricane Sandy, it ought to be a time to set aside partisan politics. But Mitt Romney has decided to continue campaigning in the battleground state of Ohio.

Will You Marry Me? The Bible And Marriage Equality

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.24.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

A small but growing number of clergy have decided in recent years not to sign marriage licenses because of the reality that in doing so we participate in a system that actively discriminates against gays and lesbians.

Close Presbyterian Vote on Selective Divestment Shows Likudniks Losing Middle America

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.05.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

The fact that the "American Jewish establishment" could only muster a two-vote majority at the Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly shows what the future holds for the Likudniks if they do not change their policies towards the Palestinians.

Washington Methodist Minister: Gay Marriage Is 'The Right Thing To Do'

Posted 06.29.2012 | Gay Voices

A Methodist minister is joining the chorus of voices speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage in Washington state. Rev. Melvin Woodworth and his...

Sexual And Gender Oppression Cannot Be Defended

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

As religious leaders, we are speaking out against the decision not to remove doctrinal language that states, "the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching."

Getting On The Right Side of History For LGBT Rights

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Progress happens when people have faith that a better world is possible and are willing to work for it. The world is becoming more and more convinced that LGBT peoples must be acknowledged and admitted into full communion with the rest of humanity, and more and more people of all background are joining the struggle. There is a right and wrong side of history for the struggle for full equality of LGBT peoples. The arc of the universe is bending towards justice for LGBT peoples. Those people who maintain anti-LGBT positions are going to be caught behind the curve.

United Methodists In Tampa: Looking For Scapegoats, Living In Fear

Christopher H. Evans | Posted 07.07.2012 | Religion
Christopher H. Evans

In the aftermath of the 2012 General Conference, it seems fair to ask United Methodist conservatives what they ultimately hope to achieve by refusing to open the church to the gifts of gay and lesbian persons.

Giving Birth Is Not a Laughing Matter

Katey Zeh | Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact
Katey Zeh

Maternal mortality is a moral tragedy, and there are many factors that contribute to it, including health and cultural barriers. A new resolution calls upon the United Methodist Church to take action to support maternal health and family planning through advocacy and direct services.

Striking at the Source of the War on Women

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The misbegotten -- indeed, utterly senseless--idea that God is male is the casus belli of the War on Women -- what provides the putative justification for the subordination and mistreatment of women.

Creating A New Progressive Ecumenical Church Relationship

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

I simply do not believe that at this point in time the distinctiveness of our different churches is more important than the values and common understandings of Scripture that unite us.

The United Methodist Church Has Voted To Be Inclusive Before. Can We Do It Again?

Rev. Gil Caldwell | Posted 06.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Gil Caldwell

This week, I'm watching and praying for the United Methodist Church as they meet in General Conference. Among all the issues, there are major decisions about whether lesbian and gay people can be married and serve as clergy.