Criminal and Restorative Justice

Safe Communities, Safe Schools, Ban Assault Weapons

On April 9 people of faith will come together and ask for something rare in Washington, DC: leadership. We want our Senators to lead us into a new day where our children and our communities are safe from senseless gun violence. But they will not lead unless they hear from you.... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on April 03, 2013

Week(s) in Review Jan. 28 - Feb. 8

As Jim Winkler mentioned in his column last week, it's been a very significant two weeks for several justice issues. The Boy Scouts of America said Feb. 6 that it needed more time for a "deliberate review" of its policy banning gay Scouts and leaders. (UMNS file photo by Mike... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on February 11, 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

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

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

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

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