An archive listing of theology highlights from around the world.
UMNS Daily Digest | Linda Bloom
JOHANNESBURG (UMNS) — Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an icon of resistance against oppression, had connections to Methodism throughout his life. He died at the age of 95 Dec. 5 in his home. Read story and post a comment
UMC Connections | Kathy L. Gilbert
SPRING CITY, Penn. (UMNS) — When asked what he would say to the people who brought charges against him for officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage, the Rev. Frank Schaefer said, “I cannot blame them because at one point I also had a different opinion.”
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ABP News | Bob Allen
Miguel De La Torre says using words like “hospitality” to discuss immigration reform assumes that “I own the house.”
The greatest human-rights violation in the United States is happening along the border, a Baptist ethicist said in a weekend radio interview about congressional inaction on immigration reform.
Miguel De La Torre, professor of social ethics and Latino/a studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, told Interfaith Alliance head Welton Gaddy that Christians in the United States should use caution when discussing immigration in religious terms.
State of Belief | Jonathan Craig
Joining State of Belief this week is Dr. Miguel de la Torre to discuss the frustrating Congressional inaction on immigration, and the misalignment of our public policies and private values. – See more.
Sojourners | Ben Sutter
Focusing on the important role family and faith play in Latino communities, the video resource is the newest component to a bilingual discussion guide produced by the HRC and the National Latina/o LGBT Human Rights Organization, among others. Read full article. Join us for “Before God” video debut at Iliff’s dedication, Nov. 13.
UMC Connections | Gladys Mangiduyos
Thousands of people — representing about 560 million Christians in 110 countries — are attending the first assembly of the World Council of Churches to be held in northeast Asia… Having the Oct. 30-Nov. 8 gathering on the Korean peninsula is a significant part of its mission. Read full article
Patheos | Marcus Borg
The question, “Does Christianity Have a Future?” is interesting to think about. And the answer is greatly affected by the time span, short or long. Will Christianity still be around a hundred years from now? Yes. Five hundred years from now? Probably. A thousand years from now? Maybe. Read more.
UMC Connections blog | Kathy Gilbert
LEBANON, Pa. (UMNS) —The Rev. Frank Schaefer will go before a church trial on Nov. 18 for performing the same-sex wedding of his son but he is going with the support of more than 30 of his fellow United Methodist pastors who also plan to violate the same church law. The pastors will participate in the wedding of a same-sex couple some time before the start of Schaefer’s trial. Read story and post a comment
General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church
WASHINGTON, D.C — Religious leaders have been standing across from the U.S. Capitol this week in front of the United Methodist Building to read the more than 2,000 verses of Holy Scripture charging humanity to care for hungry and poor. This “Faithful Filibuster” began Oct. 9. Sponsors said it will continue at the beginning of each day’s session of Congress.
Patheos | Elizabeth Nordquist
This week I remember and celebrate the 30th anniversary of my ordination to the Ministry of Word And Sacrament, which is what we called it in those days. In some ways no one could have been more surprised than I was, because I was not formed in a tradition that believed in or supported the call of women to the pulpit and positions of leadership in the Church.