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- God’s AffectionThis week’s featured book: Plant Like Jesus by Ben Ingebretson Today’s Reflection However slow progress may feel at times, we take fresh encouragement from the reality that God is the One who is initiating. We are not the primary carriers of the good news; God is the One who is whispering the hope of a […]
- RelationshipsThis week’s featured book: Plant Like Jesus by Ben Ingebretson Today’s Reflection Jesus did not fit the mold for how religious professionals conduct themselves, and neither should we. Being church with your friends creates an affiliation that can build bonds as strong and, in many ways, as satisfying as family. This is how we plant […]
- IdentityThis week’s featured book: Plant Like Jesus by Ben Ingebretson Today’s Reflection Developing a new ministry must begin with a clear personal and corporate sense of identity that is deeply rooted in the gospel. Identity is where Jesus began, and identity is the wellspring from which all other efforts and plans pour forth. The entire […]
- Racial diversity linked to church growthA study of more than 20,000 United Methodist churches in the U.S. found that multiracial churches had higher worship attendance over time.
- Virginia church contemplates racism in the ranksAnonymous letters criticizing the appearance of its African associate pastor have led to self-reflection for a Virginia congregation and a “Do No Harm” campaign seeking changes in The United Methodist Church.
- Restructuring legislation gets a hearingThe drafters of the Christmas Covenant are leading webinars in the Philippines, Africa and Europe about their proposal for changing the denomination’s global structure.
- When one's enemy becomes one's neighborA traumatic childhood memory, repressed for 40 years, came back to force United Methodist deacon Constance Hastings to confront racism in her upbringing.
- Clergyman takes on QAnon through podcastThe Rev. Derek Kubilus lands on ‘60 Minutes’ after launching his own podcast about conspiracy theories.
- Celebrating and empowering women in CongoUnited Methodist leaders roll out microcredit opportunities and training to help women and girls persevere during COVID-19 and conflict in the region.
- ‘You’ll ruin the neighborhood’An African American woman recalls instances of racism while she and her husband were searching for housing in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Bishop Nhanala manages multiple crisesThe first woman elected to the United Methodist episcopacy in Africa talks about the challenges that families, churches and communities are facing in Mozambique.
- ‘That's just the way it is.’A pastor learned about segregation at an early age when she wanted to invite her entire class to her grade-school birthday pool party.
- Lingering pandemic enlivens Easter creativityIn this second year of the COVID-19 menace, United Methodist churches are embracing new ways to help people connect with Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.