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Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18, Psalm 56:8)

Mary Magdalene's devotion to Jesus is demonstrated all throughout Scripture. She is one of the women with Jesus and the 12 disciples from the onset of the ministry in Galilee; she is at the cross during the crucifixion, and she is at the tomb where we find her for this... read more »

Posted by Rose Farhat on April 09, 2014

The woman with the issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48, Micah 6:8)

This passage is another illustration of Christ’s powerful use of silence and the spoken word. Christ’s compassion goes out to one who became desperate as she faced circumstances that caused her to want to be invisible: not seen, heard or noticed. As though she does not... read more »

Posted by Rose Farhat on April 04, 2014

The woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Indeed, with the tongue, we can acknowledge the common dignity all humans bear, and we can break the silence that enables fear, intimidation and the drawing of deep lines of separation. Similarly, silence, as we shall see Jesus demonstrate, can... read more »

Posted by Rose Farhat on March 30, 2014

Mandate to end child abuse

United Methodist positions support adoption, family as basic community

Call us to educate, advocate to end abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. read more »

by Susan Greer Burton
on March 26, 2014

The widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17)

Accompanied by a large crowd, Jesus enters a small town, and in the midst of all the people, Jesus' heart goes out to a woman whose life has changed tremendously. It is likely that she did not notice Jesus because she may have been in shock: Her only child was... read more »

Posted by Rose Farhat on March 25, 2014

Jesus encounters Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)

Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, obviously poor and considered unimportant, almost irrelevant, was present as Jesus and a large crowd leave Jericho. When he hears it is Jesus, he acknowledges Jesus as Messiah in his call: "Son of David," a call of worship, an acknowledgement of Messiahship, the one who can... read more »

Posted by Rose Farhat on March 20, 2014

Jesus and the poor

God demonstrates love for people who are poor throughout the Scripture. God moves into the circumstances of people living in poverty to demonstrate power, strength and the ability to change impossible situations. God demonstrates love for people who are poor throughout the Scriptures. A poor mother put her child on... read more »

Posted by Rose Farhat on March 15, 2014

Jesus’ silence (Matthew 27:12-14, Mark 15:3-5)

Jesus’ silence during the Passion is so evident in the Garden. The prophecy of Jesus’ use of silence in the midst his oppression and affliction came from Isaiah. Like a lamb led to be killed, as a sheep before it is sheared, he was silent. Scriptures proclaimed that... read more »

Posted by Rose Farhat on March 10, 2014

Jesus and silence

During the Passion, Jesus experienced being marginalized and overlooked, as though he had no value, no dignity, no worth. In effect, he was unimportant, insignificant and unworthy. Even though there was a crowd, no one would recognize his presence. It seemed that everyone was so concerned with other things that... read more »

Posted by Rose Farhat on March 05, 2014

Human trafficking denies sacred worth of females

Modern-day slavery

Human trafficking is world's second largest criminal industry after drugs. read more »

by Nancy Brown
on February 11, 2014

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