An archive listing of theology highlights from around the world.
Baptist Standard | Bob Allen
On the surface, Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists might seem unlikely bedfellows in opposing mandated coverage of contraceptives under Obamacare, but observers say it points to ongoing reconsideration of the morality of birth control… Professor Miguel De La Torre is quoted. Read more.
UMNS | Susan Keaton
CHICAGO (UMNS) – “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” is the 2014 theme for the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women as it celebrates women’s history month. Read story
UM News Service | Kathy L. Gilbert
WASHINGTON (UMNS) – They are out of jail, but for 32 protesters, including two United Methodist bishops, who were arrested in front of the White House Feb. 17, concerns remain. They want the Obama administration’s deportation policies to change. Read story See video
UM News Service | Donald Messer
WASHINGTON (UMNS) Whether engaged in peace-building, social justice programs or interfaith dialogue, United Methodists around the world are increasingly open to those of other faith traditions, according to a survey of bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Read more.
Patheos | Precious Rasheeda Muhammad
(NB: During this Black History Month, I aim to write a few short pieces focusing on events connected to Muslims of black African descent who have contributed to the American religious and historical landscape in a significant way.)
RMCUMC Newsletter | Bishop Elaine Stanovsky
A Food Drive Challenge – Denver vs Seattle – Hey Denver- let’s beat Seattle on and off the field!
The United Methodist Churches in Denver challenged our colleagues in Seattle to a Food Drive. The contest is to see which city can collect the most non-perishable food items between now and the Big Game. Bishop Elaine Stanovsky says, “Turn that ORANGE enthusiasm into food for the homeless.” Read more.
UMNS Daily Digest | Kathy L. Gilbert
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Weddings and trials sound disharmony for The United Methodist Church as it ends a year that included two well-publicized same-sex weddings and a high-profile church trial of a pastor who officiated at his son’s same-sex nuptials. That pastor, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, is appealing the loss of his ministerial credentials.
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UMC Connections blog | Kathy L. Gilbert
Some of the hardest memories from 2013 are those associated with violence.
Churches, religious and secular organizations remembered the mass murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., on the one-year anniversary of the shooting on Dec. 14.
UMNS Daily Digest
DENVER (UMNS) — The Rev. Jerry Herships (MDIV ’07), who founded the new United Methodist congregation AfterHours Denver, recently received a surprise. The congregation nominated him for and he received the Everyday Hero Award of ABC affiliate Channel 7. Once the story is posted to the Channel 7 website, the link will be posted on the AfterHours website and on the Rocky Mountain Conference website.
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