April 2012

Living Faith and Seeking Justice - Part 2: LOVE

We are people of LOVE. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on April 30, 2012

The Reluctance to Discuss Economic Justice

I have noticed in some of the discussions I have heard around General Conference these last few days that many progressives have become less and less comfortable with talking about economic justice. We talk generally about justice for the poor, but that is the extent of it much of the... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on April 30, 2012

Act of Repentance: ‘A change in our whole way of being.’

The Friday evening worship on April 27 at General Conference 2012 was titled the "Act of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous People." The service offered delegates and visitors the opportunity to hear the painful stories of forced migration, massacre, lost identity and stolen land. There were moments of reflection and prayer... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on April 27, 2012

Violence Against Women Act passes Senate; now let’s get the House on board!

I report with great joy that 15 Republicans joined every Democrat in the U.S. Senate to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), 68 to 31 yesterday. The vote reauthorizes for five years many services for abused persons. Senate passage is something to celebrate, but we must not rest on this. Please... read more»

Posted by Linda Bales Todd on April 27, 2012

Living Faith and Seeking Justice - Part 1: FAITH

We are people of Faith. What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God?  ~Micah 6:8 Every day we have an opportunity to renew our faith and commitment to justice through missional ministry and meaningful relationships. For the first few days... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on April 27, 2012

Holy Tweeting: Methodist ‘conferencing’ in the digital age

At first I was excited to be one of only a handful of United Methodist General Board of Church and Society staff not travelling down to Tampa, FL for General Conference 2012. I figured it would be a great opportunity to get ahead in my work and support our staff by... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on April 26, 2012

Help Us Build An Economy For All

I am honored and excited to be a part of a church that has actively called for justice in the workplace and a living wage for over one hundred years! I’m reminded of this commitment each morning when I arrive at The Methodist Building and read the words... read more»

Posted by John Hill on April 20, 2012

5 Tips on How to Engage in Faithful Advocacy

United Methodists have a long and rich history of engagement on issues of social concern. John Wesley was a forthright advocate on prison reform, human rights, abuse of spirituous liquors, labor justice, healthcare, slavery, the humane treatment of animals. Slavery was a divisive issue within the church during the 18th... read more»

Posted by Clayton Childers on April 12, 2012

Using Social Media to Share the Gospel

Many faith organizations are jumping online to reach the millions of subscribers to Facebook, Twitter or other social media tools. Often once they get on they ask, "Now what?" This is a question that should be asked long before you announce your new Twitter feed.   Social Media is a... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on April 12, 2012