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.

Finding a Way Forward Together in Spokane

Last Saturday’s Table Talk conversation at Spokane Valley UMC was the largest so far with 166 United Methodists coming together to discuss differing understandings of human sexuality and the Way Forward for the Church. Rosalee Mohney and the Revs. Alissa Bertsch, Geoff Helton, and Paul Graves answer some questions about the event.

Change the World… in Wenatchee!

By Patrick Scriven | Director of Communications For the past four years, United Methodists from around the world have been hosting and participating in 'Change the World' events, typically held...

The Summit for Conference Secretaries of Global Ministries

Clockwise from the top left: the Rev. Paul Jeffrey, Dr. Guy Kasanka, Katherine Parker, Daria Hofer, Roman Hofer, Tara Miller, and Bishop Gabriel Unda Yemba. Photos courtesy of umcmission.org. The...

My life as a Conference Treasurer

The Rev. Dr. Craig Parrish enjoying a lighter moment as a delegate at General Conference 2012 in Tampa, Florida last April. To his left is the Rev. Gloria Kymn....

Rochester UMC’s Community Closet

June Gelvin pictured with clothing donations at the Rochester UMC Community Closet. The Rochester Community Closet is open on Mondays, from 4-6 p.m.; Wednesdays 3-5 p.m.; and Fridays...

Wenatchee: First UMC visits UMCOR Sager Brown

Wenatchee: First UMC visits UMCOR Sager Brown | By Robin Gates Photos courtesy of First UMC and UMCOR Sager Brown The United Methodist Committee on Relief's (UMCOR) main depot is in...

Sharing and storytelling in the Palestine

(Left) Images from the storytelling workshop in the Palestine. (Center) The Rev. Darryn Hewson photographed at The Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Sessions in 2011. Sharek Stories:...

Jar$ for Jamaa Letu

Jar$ for Jamaa Letu By Pastor Heather Sparkman When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late;...

Twenty-Four-Seven Church Hospitality

Scenes from Lake Washington UMC and Camp Unity Eastside: (clockwise from the top left) A CUE resident sits at the tv waiting for the dinner line to be less busy;...

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