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Editorial: The Titanic Sails at Midnight

At its most recent meeting, the Connectional Table (CT) voted 26 to 10 to recommend radically changing global United Methodism’s position on marriage and sexuality (see “Dramatic Changes Proposed,” page 30). The Connectional Table — a ...

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Denzel Washington: ‘Put God First’

“Put. God. First,” Denzel Washington said with punctuated emphasis. “Put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me, everything that I’ve accomplished, everything you think that I have — and I have a few things ...

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Life and Death in Iraq

By Jeff Gardner - Last August, Joseph received the news he had feared for weeks: The armies of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, had invaded the region of Sinjar in western Iraq, the place where he and tens of thousands of ...

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Free Speech Under Fire

As a budding young journalist and editor, my thoughts on the First Amendment and free speech — even outrageously offensive speech — were shaped by Nat Hentoff, columnist for the left-wing Village Voice. Hentoff was a prolific contrarian, jazz ...

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Book Review: If You Feel Too Much

In 2006, Jamie Tworkowski wrote a short story that burst almost overnight into the non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms. The story was about helping a friend, Renee, through her struggle with addiction and depression, and the movement that evolved ...

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Where are United Methodists?

By Walter Fenton - According to the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) United Methodist Church membership in Africa has continued to grow dramatically. At the close of 2008, GCFA reported 3.1 million members for the three central ...

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Praying with Wesley

By Les Longden - John Wesley was known for his emphasis upon the “means of grace.” Wesley defined these as the “ordinary channels” by which God conveys preventing, justifying, and sanctifying grace to human beings. They are outward signs, ...

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In the News

Eastern Pennsylvania Church Leaves UMC

By Walter Fenton - One of the fastest growing local congregations in the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church has parted ways with the denomination. Over the past two decades, ...

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UM Bishops Respond to Supreme Court Decision

 By Walter Fenton - Three weeks have passed since the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling, and a number of United Methodist bishops have weighed-in on the decision. Their ...

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Ways to keep the faith when the world seems wicked

A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* The news can bring us down. There is so much wickedness reported, we struggle to find that which is uplifting. As Christians, we assert that God has created the ...

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Good News Statement on Supreme Court Decision

While not surprising, the Supreme Court's decision to broaden the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples is still dismaying. Its decision redefines an institution that has been part of the ...

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God is With Us

Good News joins United Methodists across the country in mourning and condemning the racially motivated murder of nine people attending a prayer meeting at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church ...

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United Methodists celebrate freedom on 150th Juneteenth

By Laura Buchanan On June 19, 1865, federal troops under the command of Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with a very important message: “all slaves are ...

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The secret to faith after high school? Parents!

A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino Many youth in the U.S. who regularly attend worship, go on summer mission trips, sing in the youth choir, and actively participate in the youth ministry of their ...

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