Civil and Human Rights

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

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

The Time for Just and Humane Immigration Reform is Now

As followers of Jesus Christ, we cannot miss the greatest opportunity we have had in decades to impact the national debate in creating a more just humane immigration system. After the U.S. election, Senator John McCain stated emphatically that he agreed with the calls for comprehensive immigration reform. Though... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on November 21, 2012

The Church Needs to Stand With Malala Yousafzai

For the Church, standing with the oppressed is not optional; it is our Christian duty, it is who we are as followers of Jesus.  That is why the church needs to stand up for the powerful witness of Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old Pakistani girl who, because of her... read more»

Posted by Clayton Childers on October 10, 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

Labor Day, with Tomatoes and Justice For All

God of shop and marketplace, of farm and studio, Of factory and shipping lane, of school and busy home: Bless the produce of our hands. Redeem our work for Kingdom-use. By Your grace, our efforts stand, all offered up to You. There in Eden, You proclaimed that we should work... read more»

Posted by Rev. Andy Oliver, Florida Conference United Methodist Elder on August 31, 2012

Free Beer and American Prisons

“Free Beer” was the title of a lecture given last week by Dr. Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at Duke University, at the Chautauqua Institute.  The title, itself, caught people’s attention, especially at Chautauqua, a training center established in the 1870’s with wide... read more»

Posted by Clayton Childers on August 17, 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

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