“On Many Sides,” the insidious nature of minimizing racism

By Kristina Gonzalez | Director of Leadership Development for an Inclusive Church I listened to National Public Radio in its coverage of the violence in...

The Western Methodist Justice Movement convenes in Sacramento

  By Rhondalei Gabuat Sacramento, Calif. - The leadership team of the Western Methodist Justice Movement (WMJM) convened their yearly planning meeting at The Table United...

GC2016 recalls, laments Sand Creek Massacre

By Sam Hodges May 18, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) Concerns about legislation and the future of The United Methodist Church got set aside for a...

Immigration Call to Action

Scenes from a protest at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. in 2014.   Immigration Call to Action By Pastor Lorellen Nausner | Photos by Jesse...

What can Methodists learn from Starbucks?

A well-publicized incident at a Starbucks in Philadephia left the Seattle-based business reassessing its policies and considering the impact of unconscious bias on the hospitality it offers. Kristina Gonzalez reflects on the company's response, including a company-wide closure and training this week, and considers what we might learn from it.

Dakota Access Pipeline Urgent Action Alert

Many United Methodists, including the Western Jurisdiction Bishops, the General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Women, the General Board of Global Ministries, and...

Immigration Ministry This Month

The arrival of 200 immigrants to the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, extreme enforcement which separates children from parents, and House Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement of immigration debate offers us new incentive this month to educate, speak out, and organize on behalf of our neighbors.

Sanctuary: A New Hope

By Rev. Lyda Pierce | Director of Hispanic/Latino Ministries “When a foreigner lives with you in your land, don’t take advantage of him. Treat the foreigner...

Listening for God’s Call

"It started with an invitation by the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the ACLU..." Theresa Greco, a member of Edmonds United Methodist Church's the Immigration Ministries Committee, shares how offering hospitality to immigrant women released from detention has blessed 'guests' and church members alike.

Pacific Island Methodists of the Northwest meet in Seattle

Pacific Islander leadership met at First Tongan UMC with support from the district, Conference, and greater UMC. Small groups focused on identity, empowerment, and...

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