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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...

In Praise of Public Servants and Taxi Drivers

Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe

I have found in taxi drivers, restaurant owners, municipal workers, police officers, firemen and women, "migrants" and immigrants from many states, a variety of countries, generous people who love the democratic principles and virtues of these United States.

'When You're A Pastor, People Have Lots Of Different Images Of Who You Are'

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living

This is the story of the Rev. Emily Freeman Penfield, a senior pastor at a United Methodist church in Birmingham, Alabama. I began having anxiety a...

7 Reasons Not to Freak Out About Protestant Mainline Decline

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Year-over-year, our loss of Total and Participating Membership sits close to 20 percent, but that our Average Worship Attendance is only a little over 4 percent. That is a shocking loss to absorb in a single year.

How My Father's Gay Marriage Trial Re-Ignited My Calling to the Ministry

Tim Schaefer | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Tim Schaefer

I sit at my desk again now to answer the question, "Why would I pursue ordination after all the pain my Church has put me and my family through?"

A Call for Compassion for Children Arriving From Central America

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

We all know that where a child is born shouldn't determine how long she lives, but it does. However, we must remember that under God, there is a universal citizenship -- a status that makes us all equal under His eyes and worthy of love, dignity and respect.

This Pastor Self-Immolated To Protest Social Injustice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

On June 23 of this year, Rev. Charles Moore stepped out of his car in a shopping mall parking lot in Grand Saline, Texas and set himself on fire. The ...

What Schism? Gay, Lesbian Issues Rarely Cause Serious Conflict in Local Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

If there ever was a likelihood that issues of gay rights would provoke a major split in U.S. Christianity, it appears that time may have passed.

What the Bible Says About Gay Rights

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

In my reading of scripture, God simply does not have a lot to say on the specific topic of marriage. Marriage in the Bible is just a part of the stories, not the moral of them, and it was a completely different institution from our modern images of just, loving, equal romantic relationships.

Jaweed Kaleem

United Methodist Church Makes Major Move On Divestment

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion

A United Methodist Church fund is divesting from a multinational security firm that activists have criticized for its work in Israel and the Palestini...

Will Gay Marriage Split The United Methodist Church?

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? A group of 80 pastors is suggesting that the nation’s...

Church Organist Sets Guinness World Record

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion

Martha Godwin has been playing the organ and piano at the Macedonia United Methodist Church in Southmont, North Carolina, since she was 13 years old. ...

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...

Hillary Clinton Will Address United Methodist Women

AP | ADAM BEAM | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's faith in God was shaped by her grandmother's hymns and the bedtime prayers from her gruff Navy fathe...

God and the Gay Christian: A Wesleyan Perspective

Ty McCarthy | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Ty McCarthy

Whenever there is a situation that is hard to reconcile the first place a Wesleyan gets help is from the Bible. But we, Wesleyans, don't use the Bible alone. We approach the situation using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, a four-pronged test that helps us make sense of it.

Freedom of Religion

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Jill S. Tietjen

Today, we are able to exercise our religious beliefs because of the courageous women and men who came before us. Let's learn about some of the women who strove for religious freedom.

The Uncomfor(ming)table Middle in the #UMC

Joel L. Watts | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Many of us believe that Scripture is primary and as such, our authority in guiding the Church and the Christian. We just disagree, given new facts (via Reason), with the previous interpretation that homosexuality is a sin.

Methodist Bishop Arrested At Immigration Rally

Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

On Thursday, Chicago police arrested 40 people during an anti-deportation rally that saw some 500 protesters march from the Federal Plaza to the Immig...

#GetCovered: The Story of Erica Martinez

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

It is particularly important that young people get covered so that no accident or illness leaves them with medical bills and debt that rob them of the opportunity to further their education or one day own a home.

This Bishop Risked His Career To Officiate A Same-Sex Marriage

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 03.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Complaints have been filed against a United Methodist bishop who presided over a same-sex wedding of two men in defiance of his denomination’s...

Methodists Hit Crisis Point Over Gay Marriage

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) — The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who ...

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.

Another Pastor Joins The Methodist Uprising For Marriage Equality

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Another United Methodist pastor has offered to perform same-sex marriages despite the risk of losing his credentials and possibly his pension. Rev...

Bishop Has Been Writing 'Birthday Letters' to MLK For Decades

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday (Jan. 20) with speeches, prayers and volunteer service. But fo...