By Libby Marie Hall Do you remember that early 70s song Imagine? Please take a moment and listen...
In commentary written for the PNW News Blog, the Rev. Austin Adkinson expresses disappointment in the One Church Plan (OCP) which codifies provisions allowing for continued discrimination. He argues that the Simple Plan offers a better route for Methodists intent on following Wesley's admonition to "do no harm."
"So what will you do?" asks the Rev. Wes Stanton in the wake of another mass shooting. "What will you do, not only to help yourself to live further from the edge of violence and isolation, but to transform your web of acquaintances, your neighborhood, your community?"
In response to a social media post on the Central American refugee crisis light on facts and compassion, Pastor Scott Rosekrans tried out a new approach that isn't "judgmental or threatening." "I’m not looking to pick a fight... I just believe that [Christians] should be leading the fight to spread God’s love, mercy and righteousness."
"As I watched immigrant children sitting silent in cages on our southern borders, I could only imagine what grief and fear their silence betrayed," writes the Rev. Paul Graves in a letter to his grandkids. In his message Graves considers the power of sacred silence, both in times where it is a reprieve to a noisy world and in moments where it is an alternative to a silence born in fear.
Commentary by Patrick Scriven Wise ministry leaders are often cautious on holidays like Mothers Day. In any given congregation there is likely someone who has...
Commentary by Patrick Scriven Like many Americans, I consume the morning news while I'm eating my breakfast and getting ready for the day. I've gotten...
"Could it be that God invented the Resurrection of Jesus as a dramatic reminder for us that death, for all of its power to imprison us in our fears, will not be the end of Life? " In a letter to his grandchildren reflecting on the odd occasion of Easter and April Fool's day sharing a date on the calendar, Rev. Paul Graves makes the case that it is perfectly appropriate.
According to Patrick Scriven, the advocacy of young people in the wake of last week's school shooting is both inspiring and unsettling. It's inspiring because it may be making a difference but it's unsettling because it also speaks to the brokenness of institutions like the federal government and The United Methodist Church.
For the fourth year in a row, more conferences paid 100% of their general-church apportionment. For Patrick Scriven, the variance in how different United Methodist jurisdictions in the U.S. met this goal raises some interesting questions.