"It’s a great time for Christians to act differently than many in the world act." — Bishop William H. Willimon, author of “Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love.”
Turning fear to love
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — It was during the U.S. presidential primaries that retired Bishop William H. Willimon sat down to write his new book, “Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love.” Concerned by rising xenophobia and hate crimes, he began looking at the role of Christians in welcoming strangers. Julie Dwyer spoke with Willimon about the book and how Christians can learn to love rather than fear “the Others” around us.
Partnership streamlines path to ministry
HAMPTON, Va. — An agreement between two United Methodist-related schools will mean Shenandoah University students can complete their final year of undergraduate work while taking master’s level classes at Wesley Theological Seminary, one of 13 United Methodist seminaries. The program will begin in fall of 2018.
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Haitian women benefit from UMW grant
NEW YORK — A grant from United Methodist Women’s annual “A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial” offering is helping a nonprofit organization provide computer training and other services to Haitian immigrant women living in the Dominican Republic. Response Magazine has the story.
BU offers dual education, ministry degrees
BOSTON — Boston University School of Theology, one of 13 United Methodist seminaries, is offering two new dual degrees in partnership with the university’s School of Education, beginning this fall.
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OCU team restores home, experiences community
OKLAHOMA CITY —An island in the Bahamas sounds idyllic, but the group of Oklahoma City University students and faculty who headed there after graduation weren't vacationing. The Rev. Charles Neff reports.
Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.
Sunday, June 25-Friday, June 30
Music and Worship Arts Week — Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, hosts an event that highlights education, worship, the arts and renewal. It is designed for worship leaders of all ages: musicians, artists, dancers, actors and pastors. Details