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Bethlehem Impressions: A Christmas Reflection

December 8, 2017

Mittie Quinn visits Bethlehem and finds in a holy and troubling paradox.

The word is...remember

November 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. remember By Rev...

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The Discipline is the connecting link: why we can’t settle for ‘local options’

November 1, 2017

By Rev. Charles Harrell  (A response to Tom Starnes’ “UM’s ask: what is doctrine, what is law, and what is right?”  The case before the Judicial Council mentioned in both their essays, was decided in October...

Yes, you should talk about money in church

November 1, 2017

By Rachel Cornwell  “I hate preaching about money.” “Parishioners skip church if I’m giving a stewardship sermon.”“Pastor, that sermon about church finances didn’t feed me spiritually.” Many...

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...

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