The Billy Graham I know — and why he matters
Ken Garfield covered the famous preacher for more than a dozen years. “There’s much that organized religion can learn from Graham.”
Jesus Versus the Zombies
Sermon series looks at the bad church ideas that just … won’t … die.
Online communion sparks questions
Larry Hollon says proposal for Internet congregations inspired the ‘constructive conversation’ needed as church evolves in digital age.
Can technology defeat deadly disease?
Technology is changing the game in Africa, especially in the fight against malaria, Larry Hollon says in a TED Weekends blog.
Why the United Methodist Church
Larry Hollon says that during a nomadic childhood, the church gave him continuity. “They called me by my name. And I never forgot that.”
No one said malaria fight would be easy
Larry Hollon writes that BBC report raising questions about the effectiveness of the fight against malaria should spur redoubled efforts.
White privilege and Trayvon Martin
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton says our experiences are not the same; we must think before we speak about any case involving potential racism.
Seeing Mandela in New York
Linda Bloom recalls the excitement of religious folk and civil rights leaders who gathered to hear anti-apartheid activist speak in 1990.
Honoring veterans is tribute to King’s legacy
When protesting war or Jim Crow laws, Civil Rights leader engaged the policymakers, not those simply following orders.
‘By all means, save some!’
After U.S. Senate fails to pass gun safety bills, Bishop Felton May writes “keep working for gun safety—gun sanity—laws that will save lives.”
‘My struggle for the American Dream’
“We need to work…towards an immigration reform…we should make a difference.” Young person reflects on her role in the immigration debate.
Battle to end malaria deaths in Africa
Larry Hollon shares a graphic to explain the progress made in the fight against this needless killer that takes about 655,000 lives each year.
Remembering Bob Edgar and his impact
A tribute to a “tireless champion for vulnerable people” who will be sorely missed.
World Malaria Day and a movie
Larry Hollon says film raises awareness about disease that kills kids daily, reminds us “the children of the world are our children.”
Women must tell their stories
Linda Bloom says sharing is a powerful tool for rewriting a “global story in which all women suffer” to one of empowerment and respect.
Seeing the digital future in Haiti
Larry Hollon saw how widespread wifi access and low cost, solar-powered computers are “connecting children to the outside world.”
Why United Methodist-related schools matter
Profound United Methodist-related schools mine their heritage and make it live, argues Adrian College chaplain, Chris Momany.
Lenten “Photo-a-Day” challenge
Sophia Agtarap invites us to take the 40 day journey together by sharing photo impressions of Lent with the United Methodist community.
An overlooked issue in the Boy Scouts debate
Half of the boys in Scout troops are from un-churched families, Larry Hollon writes. What church wouldn’t want to reach out to them?
Pastor shares MLK’s words in Newtown
James Forbes told grieving residents that U.S. should be more concerned about Second Commandment than 2nd Amendment.
Human Relations Day: Join in seeking justice
Little Rock pastor reminds that Human Relations Days offers opportunity to work with others ‘to heal the wounds of social inequality.’
Embrace military families and give thanks
Retired Navy chaplain reflects on 30 years of active service and shares ways for United Methodist churches to reach out.
From ‘borderline bordello’ to the pulpit
For much of his life, Rudy Rasmus profited from others’ pain and sin. Now he tries to save them from it.
Eastern Congo needs reason to hope
As rebel fighters make villages a ‘horror,’ United Methodists must support the church and people there, writes Linda Bloom.
Voting for myself
After the suicide of a neighbor, Erik Alsgaard wanted to bring more attention to the problem of bullying. So he ended up running for office.
Listening as a means of healing
Larry Hollon reminds us that one-third of the U.S. homeless are vets. And that caring for troops is a responsibility for us all.
The splintering effects of a hurricane
New Yorker Linda Bloom takes comfort knowing United Methodists will respond to communities hurt by Superstorm Sandy.
Malaria fighter faces his son’s battle
Phileas Jusu’s job is to help prevent the spread of malaria, which hit home recently when his own son was stricken with the disease.
George McGovern: Champion of the hungry
A United Methodist pastor remembers the mentor and friend whose deepest passions were to end war and eliminate hunger.
Hurricane season: Loss and recovery
From Andrew to Katrina and Irene to Isaac, United Methodists have become more adept at responding to hurricanes, writes Linda Bloom.
‘Church history requires we discuss racism’
It is essential we remember what has happened, says the Rev. Gil Caldwell, so we don’t treat others as we have been treated.
U.K. churches go for 'more than gold'
Linda Bloom is impressed with the creative ways in which U.K. churches are connecting to the London Olympics.
‘Pilgrims’ find calling in Ukraine mission
A friend reflects on the work of a United Methodist missionary and his wife after a tragic accident injures that missionary and kills two others.
Symbols of past and future in Liberia church
Congregation of Miller McAllister church in Ganta Mission wrestles with changes to exterior of building that is a piece of history.
My dad: A kind, gentle man of steel
Nettles Talbert taught son to “acknowledge the humanity in the other person.”
Celebrating my father, exorcising a demon
We need to examine our fathers to understand the challenges of their lives, says retired pastor, now a father and grandfather.
New wave of leaders will transform church
A generation of young, diverse and globally-aware leaders is rising that will reshape the church and take it in new directions, says Larry Hollon.
Guest bloggers discuss issues
Delegates and church leaders share their thoughts on some of the major decisions facing the United Methodist lawmaking body.
Trayvon Martin and the muted voice of the mainline church
Larry Hollon discusses the “tragic absence” of mainline from the media after a friend was “troubled by the apparent silence of the churches.”
Have mainline denominations lost their voice?
“Communicating strategically in the global media environment in which we live today is an act of theology,” says Larry Hollon.
The role of another “Lin” for diversity
Linda Bloom spotlights a Chinese man in NY demonstrating why church involvement is “crucial” to emotional and social survival of immigrants.
Our Social Principles alive in 1965 march
On the anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday,’ re-enactors trace the Selma-to-Montgomery march of 1965 and a participant recalls contrasts.
There is an answer to ‘why,’ right?
Joey Butler reacts to the tragic news of tornadoes hitting his hometown of Harrisburg, IL this week.
Pastor’s civil rights work still matters
Bishop’s daughter recalls her father’s courage as a segregated South struggled within its United Methodist churches.
Racism still stings, bishop tells King
In his birthday letter to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Bishop Woodie White ponders whether race is America’s ‘stubborn virus.’
The Jeremy Lin indicator
Linda Bloom indulges in “Lin-sanity” and ponders the messages about diversity and faith in the New York Knicks star’s success story.
Offering support (and chocolate) for Valentine's Day
Need chocolate for your sweetheart? Linda Bloom shares how to get fair trade products and emphasizes the importance of supporting farmers.
Rags or riches?
Kathy Gilbert reminds us, “There are as many ways of being kind and generous as there are people who need kindness and generosity.”
‘Tis the gift to be simple
Barbara Dunlap-Berg shares answers from the questions, “Do you hope to simplify your life in 2012? If so, how?” What would your answers be?
Providing help, hope in any disaster
Looking beyond the catastrophic statistics, United Methodists support the individuals and communities struggling to overcome disaster.
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