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The Rev. Dr. Michael L. Bowie Jr. Photo courtesy of the author.

It's time to remove the grave clothes

The slayings of two Black clergywomen show the need for the church to loosen its bonds in order to respond, just as Jesus ordered Lazarus unbound after raising him from the dead.
Disaster Relief
Volunteer Rose Calhoun (left) hugs flood survivor Rosemarie Peak, who was picking up relief supplies at United Methodist Mountain Mission in Jackson, Ky. At right is fellow volunteer Debbie Holcomb. The volunteers are members of Hampton (Ky.) United Methodist Church.

Volunteers share hugs and ‘God stories’ after flooding

As help pours in for Kentucky flood survivors, United Methodists work to organize and distribute truckloads of donations — while also offering a listening ear.
The Rev. Sean C. Turner. Photo courtesy of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference.

Don’t just stand there. Do something!

We wring our hands at the awfulness of shooting tragedies. We wait for politicians to lead meaningful change. But what does Christ call us to do?