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Laity and clergy in partnership: a vital connection

November 1, 2017

By Rod Miller See the first article in this series: We are called to be collaborators with God. Last month, we focused on the invitation given to everyone to be collaborators with God. This month we explore the rich and vital collaboration of...

Following study, church repents for historic racism

November 1, 2017

By Kimberly Burge I am a lifelong Christian, but a brand-new Methodist. Last Easter, I became a member of Mount Vernon Place UMC in Washington. Although I have lived in D.C. for two decades and worked at multiple Christian organizations, I...

We are called to be collaborators with God

October 11, 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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