Not all splits are schism

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Will the United Methodist Church split or not over differing interpretations of human sexuality and biblical hermeneutics? That was the topic of informal conversation at a recent… read more

Lynching and Repentance

By Kira Schlesinger
When I remember learning American History in school, there is a distinct gap around the African-American experience between the end of slavery and the Civil Rights movement in the … read more

Four marks of the next Methodism

By David F. Watson
Let’s face it: no one really knows what’s going to happen over the next few years within The United Methodist Church. Division? Restructuring? Fragmentation? Slow… read more

50 years after Loving v. Virginia

By Wei-erh Chen
When I was five years old, I emigrated from Taiwan to the United States. Growing up, some of my parents’ Asian friends would wonder aloud about whether I would grow up to… read more

Making life beautiful

By Rose Taylor
National Making Life Beautiful Day is celebrated annually on June 11th. The day is set aside to honor persons who attempt to make life beautiful for others. Making Life Beautiful… read more

Hope for the earth

By Sally Dyck
The next generation in our family rarely attends church but they grew up in the church, not only attending the usual activities in a local church but also annual conference. At… read more

I refuse to forget the Christians advocating for climate action

By Brian Kaylor / Religion News Service
(RNS) While many U.S. evangelicals applaud President Trump’s decision to pull America out of the global climate agreement, I instead think of the Christians I met at the… read more

'We are all God’s offspring': Thoughts on immigrants, aliens and the 'other'

By David F. Watson
As a Christian, you are beholden to no political party. You are beholden to the church and to the theological principles by which church makes its ethical decisions. It is… read more

Your name has a story to tell

By Gregg Taylor
"My name has a story to tell, but the main character isn’t here," writes Latina poet, America Luna. "My name has the definition of dreams and opportunities within my… read more

The faith of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

By Kira Schlesinger
Much of our critically-acclaimed entertainment offers us little respite from the anxiety and darkness of our political and cultural situation, and Hulu’s television series… read more

Hope in the midst of hurt

By Christy Cabe
When a child's life turns upside down, the actions and reactions of adults matter. A lot. Hope can be held out to the hurting, and it’s not as difficult to offer as you… read more

What's the point of arguing?

By Dave Barnhart
Why argue? I frequently hear and read people ask, “What’s the point of arguing? Nobody is going to change their mind.” This is a common refrain on social media… read more
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