Lessons from Joseph, Jesus’ “old man”
He was an adoptive father, a heeder of dreams and faithful. “Joseph chose to take a risk for God, and that’s an example we can all follow.”
2013: Notable passings in Methodism
Those to whom we said goodbye include a global ecumenical leader and a British prime minister who never forgot her Methodist roots.
What was the star of Bethlehem?
Some astronomers have speculated it was a planetary conjunction, a nova or some other celestial body. Nick Strobel has his own ideas.
2013: Cleaning up after disaster
After a typhoon in the Philippines and devastating weather in the U.S., United Methodists responded with help and hope.
NEW: Pastor to fight for clergy credentials
Rev. Frank Schaefer, asked to surrender his ministerial credentials for performing a same-sex marriage, will seek an appeal.
Book presents Charles Wesley letters
Happy 306th birthday to John’s brother, credited for writing 6,000 hymns. Scholars took 10 years to create collection of his correspondences.
2013: Year of United Methodist growth
General Council on Finance and Administration reports worldwide membership reached record high of 12.5 million.
Same-sex clergy couple marries in Seattle
Two United Methodist pastors are married in wedding Dec. 7 that drew more than 300 people to Seattle church.
What a teenager taught me about Advent
“I could feel his shoulders shaking as he cried.” Sarah Thebarge reminds us Immanuel means “God with us,” and we can be Jesus to others.
Bishop rules gay clergy candidate can stay
San Antonia Area leader reversed the removal of a lesbian clergy candidate, Mary Ann Barclay, from the ordination track.
Responding to Violence
A year after tragedy in Newtown, Conn., find resources for coping with violence and how to make a positive difference in difficult times.
Prejean, Talbert honored for activism
The death penalty is our most flagrant example of racism, said “Dead Man Walking” author. She and bishop won awards for social justice work.
Church response to human trafficking on CBS
“Living in the Shadows: Religion’s Response to Human Trafficking” shows faith groups raising awareness and empowering survivors.
Reclaim Christmas: 10 ways to simplify
If the holiday season leaves you feeling a little stressed, check out great ways to put the emphasis on presence, not presents.
Methodist leader speaks at Mandela service
“His mantle has fallen and it is in our hands,” said the Rev. Ivan Abrahams, now the top executive of the World Methodist Council.
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