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- In the WildernessToday’s Reflection JESUS’ EXPERIENCE in the wilderness (see Luke 4:1) reminds us that temptation is not a sin. Additionally, Jesus is not surprised or shocked by our temptations. However sinful they may seem to us, he knows how it feels to be tempted. Admitting our temptations to Jesus may be the most difficult part of […]
- FollowToday’s Reflection JESUS SAYS to Levi, a tax collector, “Follow me.” Levi leaves everything and follows Jesus immediately and then throws a party for him. The party gets tense when the Pharisees and their scribes question Jesus for spending time with “sinners.” They know that Levi’s life and profession are messy and, according to their […]
- Outrageously Lavish LoveToday’s Reflection THE PARABLE of the prodigal son captures the essence of a loving and merciful God. Jesus, in telling this parable, not only assures us of just how outrageously lavish God’s love and mercy are but also presents us with his image of God. This parable is probably one of the most powerful pictures […]
- Commentary: Grateful for gifts of LGBTQ in churchThe Rev. Molly Vetter says that throughout her life, she has been blessed by the gifts of mentors and colleagues in ministry who are LGBTQ.
- Using musical instruments for evangelismZimbabwe Episcopal Area teaches church members to play new instruments to hone their talents and attract young people to worship.
- Communication at forefront of GC2019Story of 'critical moment' for The United Methodist Church will be shared by a range of communicators, using everything from print to podcasts.
- Small churches play big role for refugees in ItalyItalian religious groups, including Methodists, have created a legal, safe pathway for Syrians and other vulnerable asylum seekers to resettle in Italy and the work is expanding.
- Commentary: Pacification or passion and prejudiceA retired clergyman reflects on what lessons the slavery debate at the 1840 and 1844 General Conferences might offer for the legislative assembly in St. Louis.
- Commentary: Kennedy telegram provides reminder from pastThe top executive of the church’s Commission on Archives and History considers a telegram from Sen. Robert Kennedy about the United Conference and wonders how history might look back on the 2019 General Conference.
- Amid political unrest, Zimbabwe churches lead dialogueUnited Methodist Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa calls for consensus building in the highly polarized nation.
- Commentary: African delegates urged to oppose exit plansA Zimbabwean clergyman urges African delegates to General Conference 2019 not to support exit plans and to focus on keeping the church united.
- Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Chris RitterThe Rev. Chris Ritter is a pastor in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and a delegate to the 2019 special General Conference. He also helped write language that was eventually included in the Connectional Conference Plan. Ritter spoke with UM News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of […]
- What do United Methodists really believe?Survey finds range of views on theological questions, but those identifying as “conservative/traditional” are the largest group.