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- The ExamenToday’s Reflection ONE OF THE SPIRITUAL PRACTICES I have come to love is the practice of Examen, or a prayerful examination of the day. The practice comes from Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a sixteenth-century mystic and the founder of the Jesuit order of priests. He believed this form of prayer to be one of the […]
- All Are BelovedToday’s Reflection COMPASSION IS THE VITAL CORE of Christianity. Jesus summed up all of his teachings with the commandment to love God with our entire being, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Tragically, however, we are rarely encouraged to extend compassion to ourselves. In fact, it has often been downright discouraged. . . . […]
- Promise-Keeping GodToday’s Reflection THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY REFORMER Martin Luther said that the gospel comes to us in the form of promise: God has acted and will act to save us. The God of the Bible is a promise-making, promise-keeping God. … When we forget that God relates to us on the basis of gracious promise, we may […]
- Navy reserve chaplain decries church polarizationThe Council of Bishops' position on human sexuality, Texas pastor says, offers a way forward in our commitment to witness to God’s grace to all people everywhere.
- Computer center connects communities in central NigeriaIn an area where electrical power is often limited and unreliable, a United Methodist computer center continues to fill a vital niche by keeping people connected while also connecting people from different faith communities.
- Commentary: Wisconsin pastor prepares for GC2019The Rev. Samuel J. Royappa prays that the February gathering will renew and resurrect The United Methodist Church.
- Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop CarterThe president of the Council of Bishops shares some of the questions he’s been hearing about the special called General Conference taking place in February, 2019.
- Church helps remote villagers fight malariaBishop Gabriel Yemba Unda says United Methodists are committed to providing well-equipped medical buildings for rural people in eastern Congo.
- Churches balance safety and maintaining pietyIn this era of mass shootings, pastors and other church officials are deciding how far they are willing to go to ensure security.
- Bishops urge trust in GC2019 delegatesFinding a way forward in the church debate over homosexuality is now up to General Conference. Bishops discussed how to facilitate that work.
- Finding new urgency in quest for peace in KoreaMethodist-led gathering of religious leaders in Atlanta sees both optimism and urgency in efforts to end 70-year division on Korean Peninsula.
- Zimbabwe churches launch eco-congregation initiativeEpiscopal area joins forces with municipality in a citywide cleanup campaign. One goal is to reduce the spread of contagious diseases such as dysentery, cholera and diarrhea.
- Commentary: Thoughts upon GC2019 via Methodist historyThe history of The United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations offers insights on what the future might hold, writes Elaine A. Robinson.