Members of World Methodist Council denominations gather for a time of fellowship at the United Methodist Church of the Redeemer (Erlšserkirche in German) in Karlsruhe, Germany, during the World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly. The assembly took place Aug. 31 to Sept. 8 under the theme "Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity." Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

World Council of Churches assembly focuses on reconciliation

Both Methodist and United Methodist speakers connected the theme of the ecumenical gathering, “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity,” to a pending split within the United Methodist denomination.
Mission and Ministry
United Methodist Bishop Bob Farr. Photo by Schaefer Photography, courtesy of the Missouri Conference.

Have the courage to walk the messy middle

Division is always a choice. If an annual conference and its churches can figure that out, it can return to doing God’s mission and be amazing for God’s people.
Mission and Ministry
Ndume Olatushani describes his installation artwork featuring human figures in prison-style jumpsuits and hoodies at his home in Nashville, Tenn., in 2017. The work was part of a Stations of the Cross exhibition held in Washington, D.C. Olatushani was freed after serving 27 years in prison, 20 of them on death row. A series of webinars April 26-30 will offer advice to church members on how to support former prison inmates and help them find gainful employment. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

How churches can help former inmates adapt

A free series of evening webinars April 26-30 will offer advice to church members on how to support people returning from prison and help them find gainful employment.
Church History
The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

Slavery and the founders of Methodism

The founder of Methodism was a staunch abolitionist and the early church was antislavery, but that dedication later faded.

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