December 2012

Today IS the Day to Stop Gun Violence!

Here's something your congregation can do: Pray and act! Like so many of you in church on Sunday, we spent much of our worship praying for comfort and peace for the families devastated by the gun shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. We prayed and we... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on December 17, 2012

Wanna see my letter to Santa?

Our boys have gotten too old (unfortunately!), but I remember them writing letters to Santa asking for their hearts' desires, and us deciding on how much of their hearts' desires we could afford! As they get older they get harder to shop for, but I think I have gotten old... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on December 17, 2012

Keep Pressure on Congress to Pass VAWA

Although Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) has passed, the horrors of family violence continue. Awareness about domestic and sexual violence needs to be raised every day of every month until our homes and communities are havens of peace and justice. Call Congress at 1-888-427-0530 and urge them... read more»

Posted by Amee Paparella on December 05, 2012

A reflection on Human Rights Day

"Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having... read more»

Posted by Paz Artaza-Regan, National Religious Campaign Against Torture on December 05, 2012

Advent: Christian Call to Hospitality

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 I just returned from a UM gathering in Chugiak, Alaska. The temperatures were colder than I have ever experienced. Having grown up in the southern part of the United States, I... read more»

Posted by Susan Burton on December 03, 2012

A Villainy Revealed: Ethical Consumption

Did you know that you can make a difference everyday to combat human trafficking? The good news is that we can! One way to do this is to begin what some call "ethical consumption." This simply means that we practice Jesus' ethic of love in our buying habits. It is... read more»

Posted by Jay Campbell on December 03, 2012