September 2012

Valuing Work, Valuing Workers

I want to remind you THAT GOD CARES about injustice, about oppression, about exploitation. Bishop Desmond Tutu We Methodists have the distinct privilege of continuing a journey towards justice that our Methodist forebearers began of church leaders committed to engendering personal and social holiness throughout our society. September is particularly... read more»

Posted by Susan Burton on September 28, 2012

Human Trafficking is about people

If there is nothing else you take away from this month, I hope that you will remember this: Human Trafficking is about people. With the daunting numbers, sometimes it takes an image, or a collection of images, to really hit the mark. Check out this infograph on human trafficking. There... read more»

Posted by Joe Kim on September 24, 2012

Ministry with the Unemployed in Arkansas

Stephen Copley Earlier this month we celebrated Labor Day in the United States.  It is a national holiday that was first celebrated in 1882 and became a national holiday in 1894.   It is a time to remember the economic and social contributions of workers, and challenge us to minister... read more»

Posted by Rev. Stephen Copley on September 24, 2012

Sometimes Something Happens…

….but it usually doesn't. Sometimes working for justice seems futile and positive change nonexistent. As Christians we are called to do justice, and our Methodist tradition lifts up people before profits. Making disciples of Jesus Christ means being with people Jesus served. Let me share with you the... read more»

Posted by Rev. Janet G. McKeithen on September 19, 2012

Turning Oppression Into Opportunity

The groundbreaking book by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky, Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, is familiar to many United Methodists, due in part to the United Methodist Women’s Reading Program. Top on the list of the Leadership Development books for 2011, Half the Sky... read more»

Posted by Amee Paparella on September 18, 2012

Bishop Hoshibata elected president of GBCS, along with Executive Committee

Bishop Robert Hoshibata (Desert Southwest) As the first act of the 2013-2016 Board of Directors, the following officers were elected. The nominees for these positions were gathered during the July nominations meeting for the General Board of Church and Society. President – Bishop Robert Hoshibata Vice President – Dr. Clarenda... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on September 13, 2012

Latest National Call Emphasizes Local Work & Issues Call to Action

United Methodist advocates who would like to see an end to domestic violence and human trafficking convened a national conference call on August 30th to hear stories from other UMC leaders who are tackling these issues in their local communities. The call was the second in a regular series aimed... read more»

Posted by Erica Johnson on September 10, 2012

A Villainy Revealed: The Methodist Church and Slavery

We believe in the present and final triumph of God’s Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world. As United Methodists, we hold the idea that the gospel is not just for personal holiness, but for social... read more»

Posted by Sam Tyburski on September 10, 2012

National Call-In Day to Urge Legislators to Pass VAWA

Call your Congresswomen and men and tell them to ACT NOW to pass VAWA. Separate Senate and House versions reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act have been passed, but since then, the reauthorization of VAWA has stalled. The two versions of the bill have important differences. The House version omits... read more»

Posted by Amee Paparella on September 07, 2012

Standing In The Tragic Gap

Check out this excellent video of Parker J. Palmer discussing faith, democracy, and holding tension creatively. Produced by The Work of the People.

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on September 04, 2012

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