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At 9 Years Old, Grace Has Already Beaten Cancer. Now She's Taking On Child Homelessness

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion

Making a difference in a stranger’s life takes determination--and a certain amount of Grace. Grace Callwood is a 9-year-old cancer survivor who i...

Methodist Church Approves Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Same-sex partners can’t marry in a United Methodist Church. But if one of the spouses works at one of the denomination’s 13 general agencies...

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.

Justice on Trial: Another Minister Breaks Church Law to Perform Gay Marriage

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Rev. Thomas Ogletree performed a marriage ceremony for his own son. For that, he will stand trial in March before an ecclesiastical court of the United Methodist Church. You see, his son is gay. Ogletree officiated over his wedding to Nicholas Haddad.

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.

Stone Soup In Soweto

Kristen Marble | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Kristen Marble

Stone soup is simple: Each person contributes just one ingredient to a pot containing water and a stone. Through cooperation and involvement of an entire community, a nourishing, delicious meal for all is created. Today in Soweto, South Africa we had the privilege of seeing this children's story come to life.

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-...

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...

Renewing A Queer (Religious) Agenda

Rev. Cody J. Sanders | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Rev. Cody J. Sanders

Whether our lives are deemed "incompatible with Christian teaching" or our loving relationships are deemed sub-par to straight marriages, the message is clear: there are some among us who do not believe queer people should exist.

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.

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.

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

John Edwards Is A Sinner, Yes. But A Criminal?

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

As a husband, he failed. As a father, he failed. Yet these seem to be issues best left to be resolved between Edwards and God, not a court of law. There is every reason to believe the case against Edwards is overreach.

Silent Clergy Killers: 'Toxic' Congregations Lead To Widespread Job Loss

David Briggs | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

Months of suffering traumatic and demeaning psychological and emotional abuse as they are slowly being forced out of their pulpits due to congregational conflict, Tanner said, "is a really, really horrible process."

Morehouse, Martin And The Methodists

Rev. Jerry Campbell | Posted 06.20.2012 | Religion
Rev. Jerry Campbell

We must not betray the promise of America by continuing to turn a blind eye to the plight of the oppressed in our midst. It is up to us to take up the cause of social justice for which Dr. King and many others struggled.

6 Reasons Mississippians Said No to "Personhood" Amendment

Burns Strider | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Burns Strider

Why did those pushing "personhood" lose in arguably the most conservative state in the Union? Why did the opposing forces win a majority of the vote in Mississippi? Here are six reasons.

MCC supports 'We Do! Methodists Living Marriage Equality'

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 12.26.2011 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Metropolitan Community Churches are proud to support the 800-plus Methodist clergy and laity in New York and Connecticut who are vowing to perform sam...

Why I will never join a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Church again: My "Call to Action" for the United Methodist Church

Kelly Figueroa-Ray | Posted 12.01.2011 | Religion
Kelly Figueroa-Ray

My fellow United Methodist brothers and sisters, I believe the church is where God's kingdom--God's alternative culture--should be manifest

Activists Push Change In Methodists' Gay Policy

Posted 10.25.2011 | Religion

By Michael O'Malley Religion News Service CLEVELAND (RNS) Hundreds of United Methodists are meeting in Huron, Ohio, this week in an uphill bid to ...

What Brad Paisley And John Wesley Can Teach Us About Hell

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 08.28.2011 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

Paisley drove me to Wesley. And Wesley helped me see the need to step out of my parochial, institutional concerns and broaden the definition of community to include everyone from the top to the bottom of the economic scale.

200 Methodist Clergy Vow To Bless Same-Sex Unions

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

Some 200 United Methodist clergy of the church's Northern Illinois Conference have pledged to bless same-sex unions in violation of the church's polic...

Methodist Pastor Found Guilty Of Marrying Gays

AP | DINESH RAMDE | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion

MILWAUKEE — Methodist pastors who have defied a church ban on marrying gays were dealt a setback Wednesday when clergy members hearing a church ...

Serving Others To Change The World

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

Think what could be accomplished if everyone spent an occasional weekend helping a neighbor or volunteering our time.

Institute On Religion And Democracy Continues Campaign Of Disinformation

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.12.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

If you have ever heard of the Institute on Religion and Democracy and thought it was a religious organization, you would have been mistaken. Names can be deceiving.

Evangelical Churches Still Growing, Mainline Protestantism In Decline

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service While mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. continue to experience decades-long decline, the memberships ...