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UMs ask: What is doctrine, what is law and what is right?

October 4, 2017

By Thomas Starnes Editor’s Note: When the Judicial Council meets Oct. 24-27, it will be considering petitions brought by the Denmark and California-Pacific annual conferences that argue that the language in the Discipline that deems...

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Deaf Awareness means Deaf Empowerment

September 25, 2017

September is Deaf Awareness Month. It's a time to learn about Deaf culture, sign language (and even learn some sign phrases), and Deaf history. It's also a good time to become more sensitive to Deaf culture, improve accessibility in our churches...

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Church should be a sanctuary for difficult conversations

September 12, 2017

This was some summer of discontent. We witnessed many divisions in our politics and culture spilling into the streets in marches and protests, and most vividly in the violence in Charlottesville. We see in data increasing evidence that our...

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The word is... relax

August 3, 2017

Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column.

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On Zimbabwe, Changing Voices, and Visiting Each Other

July 31, 2017

I met Virginia a little over 11 years ago as I began my first summer field education place during seminary. Virginia was a kind, Christian woman in her nineties who bore all the gentleness of age and none of its bitterness. If you had met...

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A postcard home from Zimbabwe: Pastors’ School session closes

July 22, 2017

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is one of the best preachers in The United Methodist Church. When she ascends to a pulpit, she becomes a mixture of ancient story-telling griot, wisdom bearer, word acrobat, fire-breathing dragon, exegetical scholar...

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