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March 2017


Artist works to disrupt ‘cradle to prison’ pipeline

March 8, 2017

Art unlocked Ndume Olatushani’s mind when his body was confined to a 4-by-9-foot cell, serving 28 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

Is your congregation ready for public violence?

March 7, 2017

It’s Saturday night, the sermon is prepared, the bulletin is printed and in the narthex. The pastor is about to go to sleep for the night when a parishioner calls and asks if she has heard about the shooting at the local shopping center. Several...

Immigration Thoughts

March 7, 2017

Our nation is a nation of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island long ago. We took in millions from Ireland, Germany, Scotland, England, etc., and we will take in more than a million immigrants per year, more than any other country. But those...

Working to end gun violence

March 7, 2017

We understand that some church members may be hesitant to discuss guns, but if we are to follow the call of Jesus to be peacemakers, we must address our gun violence epidemic here in the United States. We encourage dialogue and conversation about...

Young Clergywomen Refute Wesleyan Covenant Video

March 6, 2017

Nearly 220 young United Methodist clergywomen have issued a statement refuting the claims of a new video from the conservative Wesleyan Covenant Association that is intended to sway the deliberations of the Commission on A Way Forward.

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Area musican tops Billboard jazz chart

March 6, 2017

Kayla Waters grew up in two worlds, and we’re all better for it. The daughter of acclaimed jazz saxophonist Kim Waters, Kayla often attended her father’s concerts with her twin sister, Kimberly. Kayla knew, when she was 15 years-old, that she...

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