Peace over terror

LINDA BLOOM United Methodist News Service United Methodists and other religious leaders are expressing shock over the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and feelings of solidarity with the French people but cautioning against condemnations of Muslims or a dangerous escalation of military action.

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African bishops speak out

HEATHER HAHN United Methodist News Service African bishops called on The United Methodist Church to confront global terrorism and hold the line on church teachings regarding human sexuality.

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A $68 million smile

The United Methodist Church has successfully surpassed 90 percent of its $75 million goal for Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of the people of The United Methodist Church to eliminate malaria deaths.

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A poem of Paris

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What can people of faith do when the unthinkable happens? The Rev. Jeff Nelson wrote a poem, “Confessions.”

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Bishops take long view

The United Methodist Council of Bishops is meeting this week at Lake Junaluska Retreat Center in North Carolina. Guest teacher is the Rev. Dr. Greg Jones.

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Pray for the persecuted

BILL MEFFORD General Bd of Church and Society I am not sure what I am more outraged by: Persecution of Christians or the silence of so many in the Church at the knowledge of such persecution.

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Welcoming the refugee

SAMANTHA TIDBALL MinistryMatters.com This past September the body of a Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, was washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. This horrific image put the Syrian refugee crisis into the global spotlight.

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Young people in leadership

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“This will not be an address by youth for youth. This will be an address by young people for the whole church,” said Carl Thomas Stroud Gladstone, the Young People’s Ministry’s regional staff member for the North Central Jurisdiction.

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Help UMCOR with refugee response

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Food, basic supplies, practical assistance … these are some of the ways UMCOR is responding to the needs of the nearly 300,000 migrants who have made their way to Europe this year.

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Preparing for Portland

Since 2004 the Rev. Gere (Jerry) Reist has served as the Secretary of the General Conference. More than anyone else, he has his finger on the pulse of the conference that will convene next year.

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