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The Debate that Changed the Church: Celebrating 60 Years of Full Clergy Rights for Women

On May 4, 1956 the General Conference of the (then) Methodist Church meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota did something amazing. It changed the church’s book of Discipline to support full clergy rights for women. And the church has never been the same since.  Despite much resistance and fears about what... read more »

Posted by Rev. Clayton Childers on April 13, 2016

Take Action to Welcome Refugees

Refugees are the single most vetted and scrutinized individuals entering the U. S. Yet we have U.S. elected officials who are fully aware of our existing security systems and they are shamefully calling for discrimination against Muslim refugees. With some leaders even calling for the refugee resettlement system to... read more »

Posted by tbruckbauer on November 24, 2015

General Conference 2016

Church and Society has compiled information on selected talking points. This information can be accessed in multiple languages below. English petition information French petition information Portuguese petition information Tagalog petition information   The General Board of Church & Society has submitted the following petitions to the 2016 General Conference. The petitions... read more »

Thwart religious litmus test on Syrian refugees

We need clergy and bishops to support welcoming ALL Syrian refugees to the U.S.  Clergy should sign a letter to ensure ALL refugees are welcome: Sign Clergy Letter Now! Our hearts break seeing the images of Syrian refugees seeking safe sanctuary. Unfortunately, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, recently introduced... read more »

Posted by Bill Mefford on September 29, 2015

Watching Syrian refugees stream into Europe has been heart-breaking

We need 100,000 signatures to get the president's attention! Tell him to welcome Syrian refugees right now! But I am glad to say there is something we can do right now! It is clear that the United States must respond with leadership. The U.S. has only resettled 1,517 Syrian... read more »

Posted by Bill Mefford on September 14, 2015

A litany against racism

One: “Prayers can’t be answered unless they are prayed,” so the poet reminds us and so we have honored the dead in vigils of remembrance, emotional prayers, heartfelt tributes, scripture-based homilies, fervent eulogies, thoughtful soliloquies and appropriate words spoken by public officials, but something must follow... read more »

Posted by Bishop Adam Richardson Jr. (African Methodist Episcopal Church) on September 04, 2015

‘Liberty and justice for all’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four historically African-American Methodist denominations issued a clarion call this week to end racism. They issued the call in a series of events here that concluded with a meeting at the White House Sept. 2. Leaders of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, the African Methodist Episcopal ... read more »

Posted by Wayne Rhodes on September 04, 2015

Iowa faith leaders call for sentencing reform

"Our ministries call us to comfort and serve those harmed by crime, support accountability, rehabilitation, and restoration for those who offend and counsel families experiencing the painful outcomes of crime. From this vantage point, we have come to recognize the need for fundamental changes to the nation’s justice... read more »

Posted by Kara Gotsch on April 20, 2015

Interfaith coalition urges transformational change to U.S. criminal justice system

The Interfaith criminal Justice Coalition has sent a letter to Congress urging transformational reform to the criminal justice system. The coalition outlines three key reforms: Fixing the Federal Bureau of Prisons Crisis, Establishing Trust Between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color, and Investing in Human Potential to Ensure Public Safety. ​... read more »

Posted by Kara Gotsch on March 04, 2015

TAKE ACTION: Save Kelly Gissendaner’s Life

United Methodists believe in restorative justice United Methodists have advocated against capital punishment since 1956. And sadly, we still have capital punishment in place in far too many places in the world — including Georgia, where United Methodists and all people of faith have been working to stop the execution... read more »

Posted by Bill Mefford on March 04, 2015

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