November-December 2010

Straight Talk

Operation Narnia to help needy children Operation Christmas Child is partnering with the upcoming film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, set for release on December 10. Through this partnership, Narnia fans will be encouraged to participate in the world’s largest Christmas project by packing shoebox gifts that will make a […]

United Methodist revival in Zimbabwe

By Priscilla Muzerengwa (UMNS) — They come by the thousands, many leaving their homes for nearly a week to gather on an open patch of ground. There, they will raise their hands above their heads, waving and clapping, singing songs of praise and dancing before the Lord. Many will stay up all night in praise and prayer, climbing nearby mountains for private conversations with God during breaks. And the faithful, such as Emily Makunike, will be revived.

The altar of everything

By Liza Kittle–“The altar of everything” reverberated through my thinking as I attended the Women’s Division board meeting in April 2010. The initial gathering was held at the Tillman Chapel, located on the ground floor of the Church Center for the United Nations, a 12-story building owned and operated by the Division and positioned directly across the street from the United Nations.

Deciding what to teach (and what not to)

By Duffy Robbins–The marquee sign out in front of the Unitarian Church made me smile. It read, “Bible Study tonight. Bring scissors.” I envisioned a group of earnest Unitarians sitting around a comfortable room discussing which passages of the Bible should be cut out of the holy text so that God’s words might be a little easier to digest.

Breaking with denomination, Foundry UM Church votes to perform same-sex marriages

Members of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington D.C. voted 367 to 8 on Sept. 26 to allow same-gender marriages to be performed in its building. Foundry is among many congregations in Washington that have been discussing same-sex marriages since the city passed the Marriage Equality Act last March. The Book of Discipline, the denomination’s […]

Remembering Bishop James K. Mathews

By Heather Hahn (UMNS) — Retired United Methodist Bishop James K. Mathews, who had a lifelong passion for mission work and evangelism, died September 8 in Washington, D.C. He was 97.

Conference focuses in on church leadership

By Jim Nelson–In mid-September, pastors and laity from around the country gathered for three days at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Dunwoody, Georgia, for the “IN Conference: A Leadership Nexus Event.”

African churches desire equal voice

By Isaac Broune (UMNS)–African United Methodists desire a greater voice, more sharing of power, and the ability to adapt some church rules to local contexts. And a study committee exploring the global nature of the denomination is listening.

Starting out with two strikes against us

By Frank Decker–We need to pay attention to how others perceive us as we come in the name of Jesus. Perhaps we assume that our identity as Americans is an advantage to our witness. However, this is not the case.

Letters to the Editor

On target Rob Renfroe’s editorial in the September/October issue (“Tone Deafness and the Call to Action”) is on target and very encouraging. As a person in the pew, let me also ask a question. Why should I distrust a Board that continually labels conservative Americans in favor of a smaller government and less debt as […]