July 2012

Now is the time to end senseless gun violence

In an average year, almost 100,000 people are shot or killed with a gun in the United States. On Wednesday, Aug. 1, I urge you to call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and tell them to make public safety a priority by reinstating... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on July 26, 2012

A Promise Fulfilled

This past Sunday in Oklahoma City, a promise decades in the making was fulfilled: Donald Gilliard came to worship at Quayle United Methodist Church.  Mr. Gilliard, a skilled stage director and performer, has been a part of the Quayle family since the mid -1990s.  Yet having been... read more»

Posted by Laura Markle Downton on July 25, 2012

Shifting Our Approach

The connection between the America's war on drugs and the skyrocketing rates of incarceration is no secret. More than half of our federal inmates are in prison for drug convictions. Many of them for minor offenses.  Since 1972, our prison population has exploded from 300k to over 2.3 million, and... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on July 24, 2012

GBCS Statement on Aurora, Colo., Shootings

The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church urges all people to pray for the victims of the Friday shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., a suburb of Denver. Thus far, 12 people were killed and 50 more wounded, including a baby, at a midnight showing... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on July 20, 2012