Economic Justice

Halloween’s Dark Secret

This Halloween Americans will spend an estimated 1.2 billion dollars on everyone's favorite treat, chocolate. Yet behind America's sweet tooth lurks a darker, bitter truth: In West Africa, where more than 75% of the world's supply of cocoa comes, the industry routinely relies on child and slave labor to... read more»

Posted by Vince Isner on October 10, 2013

Faith Leaders Urge Congress: Avoid this budget crisis.

In a letter to Congress, 33 national faith leaders urged an end to the federal budget crisis.  Bishop Peter D. Weaver, Executive Secretary of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, was a signatory to the letter which states, "We find it morally irresponsible to blockade the process by which we... read more»

Posted by Vince Isner on September 30, 2013

The Belly Soliloquy: The Faithful Response

Jesus said, “those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance” (5:32). Our world is filled with younger and older sons and daughters. What will it take for all of us... read more»

Posted by Lauren Blitz on March 27, 2013

The Belly Soliloquy: Part II – The Older Son

[He] will have to do with less for his brother to have enough. We are told that the father had two sons. Both of them have different weaknesses. Although they aren’t tempted by the same things, they both seem to reach for more than right relationship with God... read more»

Posted by Lauren Blitz on March 21, 2013

The Belly Scarcely Understands Compassion

[W]e are called ... each time we sit down to Scripture ... to shed our preconceptions. How is your Lenten journey going so far? Have you been tempted to break the new spiritual discipline you adopted, or once again taste the sweetness of whatever you have given up during this season?... read more»

Posted by Lauren Blitz on March 13, 2013

Christ bore the cross — Atlas shrugged

A recent governor of our state, who is a former lay preacher in his denomination, is reported to have said that his two favorite books were the Holy Bible and Ayn Rand’s Altas Shrugged. If this is true, someone should ask him, “Sir, which of those have... read more»

Posted by Charles Brockwell Jr. (Kentucky) on October 25, 2012

Some Thoughts On Stewardship

This week I got a Stewardship Card in the mail from the church. It mentioned John Wesley’s sermon on “The Use of Money.” I decided to check it out. I started by scanning it. It is long, 10 pages. Never once did it mention mortgage, car... read more»

Posted by Steve Bruck, St. George’s United Methodist Church (Fairfax VA) on October 16, 2012

Ministry with the Unemployed in Arkansas

Stephen Copley Earlier this month we celebrated Labor Day in the United States.  It is a national holiday that was first celebrated in 1882 and became a national holiday in 1894.   It is a time to remember the economic and social contributions of workers, and challenge us to minister... read more»

Posted by Rev. Stephen Copley on September 24, 2012

Sometimes Something Happens…

….but it usually doesn't. Sometimes working for justice seems futile and positive change nonexistent. As Christians we are called to do justice, and our Methodist tradition lifts up people before profits. Making disciples of Jesus Christ means being with people Jesus served. Let me share with you the... read more»

Posted by Rev. Janet G. McKeithen on September 19, 2012

Labor Day, with Tomatoes and Justice For All

God of shop and marketplace, of farm and studio, Of factory and shipping lane, of school and busy home: Bless the produce of our hands. Redeem our work for Kingdom-use. By Your grace, our efforts stand, all offered up to You. There in Eden, You proclaimed that we should work... read more»

Posted by Rev. Andy Oliver, Florida Conference United Methodist Elder on August 31, 2012

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