January 2013

A Villainy Revealed: Dismantling an Evil System

It's been a while since we've been in touch! I've been traveling this journey with all of you, but not from the GBCS office in Washington D.C.  I've been back in Atlanta since late August, continuing my theological studies at Emory. Every Monday, along... read more»

Posted by Sam Tyburski on January 31, 2013

Justice Matters Week in Review - January 14-21

The words and actions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were infused into all the activities of the last week. Here's what was going on: Jasmine's Story highlights how our broken U.S. Immigrations System is tearing apart families. January 21 was the official observance of Martin Luther... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on January 24, 2013

Gun Violence Must End!

When the gun shooting at Columbine High School happened in 1999, I was a pastor of a small United Methodist church in West Texas. Like many rural congregations, my church was filled with teachers and we spent the Sunday following the gun shooting and grieving for such unnecessary violence. My church... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on January 23, 2013

Clearly more to be done

On this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, some individuals, organizations and churches are celebrating, while others are protesting. Like many other topics of deep social concern, the church is divided on the issue of abortion. Our Book of Discipline (2012) speaks to the official position of the United Methodist Church... read more»

Posted by Julie Taylor and Amee Paparella on January 18, 2013

Justice Matters Week in Review - January 7-13

The first full week of 2013 presented many opportunities for public witness and awareness on critical justice issues facing communities around the world. Here are a few highlights: Jim Winkler is interviewed by the press. [Photo Credit: Michelle Whittaker (GBCS)] Jim Winkler declares "Torture does not work!" at a rally in... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on January 14, 2013

Torture does not work

I am grateful to Rich Killmer and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture for bringing us together today, the 11th anniversary of the day the first detainees were imprisoned at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. This occasion provides us an opportunity as a nation to reflect on our government... read more»

Posted by Jim Winkler, General Secretary on January 11, 2013

New Year: New Consciousness, New Ways of Being

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12: 1-2 As we begin a New Year, we are mindful of the promises and possibilities... read more»

Posted by Susan Burton on January 11, 2013

Filled with hope, joy, and gratitude

Dotti Groover-Skipper speaking at addictions training in Washington, DC Reflecting back on the year 2012, and anticipating 2013, I am filled with much hope, joy, and gratitude. A great foundation has been set, bringing United Methodists and the faith community together, to build momentum to impact change for those suffering from addiction.... read more»

Posted by Dotti Groover-Skipper on January 08, 2013

Justice Matters 2012 Year in Review

We are just a few days into the new year but lets take a moment to reflect on 2012 as we prepare to engage in justice ministry around the world. Organizing and Mobilizing United Methodists Organizing was a major focus for 2012. We hired 8 organizers to work with communities on issues like... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on January 04, 2013