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We are called to be collaborators with God

October 10, 2017

By Rev. Rod MillerSpecial to the UMConnection The first in a three part commentary. Also read: Laity and clergy in partnership: a vital connection  How we understand our relationship with God can greatly affect the trajectory of our...

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...

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...

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 2, 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.

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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