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The Belly Scarcely Understands Compassion

[W]e are called ... each time we sit down to Scripture ... to shed our preconceptions. How is your Lenten journey going so far? Have you been tempted to break the new spiritual discipline you adopted, or once again taste the sweetness of whatever you have given up during this season?... read more»

Posted by Lauren Blitz on March 13, 2013

Week(s) in Review Feb. 25 - Mar. 8

We are all given the opportunity to plant the seeds that will one day grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that something will grow out of them. We lay foundations that need future development. We provide yeast that produces effects beyond what we can do or dream. Rethink Church... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on March 08, 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

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

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

Christ bore the cross — Atlas shrugged

A recent governor of our state, who is a former lay preacher in his denomination, is reported to have said that his two favorite books were the Holy Bible and Ayn Rand’s Altas Shrugged. If this is true, someone should ask him, “Sir, which of those have... read more»

Posted by Charles Brockwell Jr. (Kentucky) on October 25, 2012

Some Thoughts On Stewardship

This week I got a Stewardship Card in the mail from the church. It mentioned John Wesley’s sermon on “The Use of Money.” I decided to check it out. I started by scanning it. It is long, 10 pages. Never once did it mention mortgage, car... read more»

Posted by Steve Bruck, St. George’s United Methodist Church (Fairfax VA) on October 16, 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

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