Social Concerns

Mission and Ministry
Participants in a vigil for environmental justice at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore., hold signs highlighting the struggle for clean water around the world. The Vigil was sponsored by United Methodist Women. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Ask The UMC: What does the church say and do about climate change?

United Methodists are committed to learning and they can, saying all they can, and doing all they can to reduce the effects of climate change.
General Church
A graphic created for the Mountain Sky Conference reflects its emphasis on mission and ministry over conversations about disaffiliation. Graphic courtesy of the Mountain Sky Conference.

Churches discern whether to stay or go

It’s a hard process for many to decide whether to stay or leave The United Methodist Church, and even harder not to hurt others while doing it. Pastors and church leaders reflect on how they are trying to be faithful while working toward a difficult decision.
Violence
The Rev. Dr. Tori Butler (right) speaks with the Rev. Dr. Jalene Chase, former Metro Transit police officer in Washington and current pastor of Goshen United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Md., about practical ways clergy can maintain their safety. Screengrab from ZOOM via YouTube by UM News.

‘You can holler for your safety because you matter’

The Rev. Tori Dr. Butler interviews the Rev. Dr. Jalene Chase about how clergy can ensure their own safety in challenging situations.
Violence
Christina Ray Stanton. Photo courtesy of the author.

9/11 attacks sparked life change for eyewitness

Innocence was lost, but writer translated the trauma of the moment into new goals and dreams of helping others.

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