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Becoming an Ambassador of Hope: An Easter Reflection

On March 11, 2017, I took part in a Healing of Memories Service at St. Michael’s Church in Hildesheim, Germany. In my role as co chair of the National Council of Churches in Germany, I served as one of the liturgists. The main actors were representatives of the Roman Catholic... read more »

Posted by Bishop Rosemarie Wenner on April 16, 2017

A bridge back to God: A Palm Sunday Reflection

It’s called the Bridge of Strings and when it opened in Jerusalem in 2008, like many things in that city, it was controversial, criticized as too extravagant by some, and as out of its element by others.  Designed by the renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the bridge, marked... read more »

Posted by C. Chappell Temple on April 05, 2017

Are Mountains Forever? A Lenten Reflection

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. - Matthew 27:51 Are mountains forever? Are forests forever? "Each tree is a life of an Aeta. The mountains are our life. When they perish, we shall... read more »

Posted by Norma Dollaga on March 30, 2017

Simon of Cyrene and Mary McLeod Bethune: A Lenten Reflection

In the stories I heard growing up, Simon of Cyrene was a black man. While the association may stem from Cyrene’s location in North Africa (modern-day Libya), its power lies in racial experience. Black folk claim Simon with reference not to geography but to identity. Simon’s... read more »

Posted by Jeania Ree Moore on March 21, 2017

A Monument for the Living

The Vietnam Women’s Memorial stands as a testament to the service and sacrifice of American women in the Vietnam War. Weighing one ton and standing over six feet tall, the life-size bronze sculpture honors the 265,000 women who volunteered to serve in the Vietnam War, the majority as nurses... read more »

Posted by Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe on March 16, 2017

The Band of Brothers and Sisters

This mural is located right before we enter into the worship hall of the First United Methodist Church in Flushing, NY. The images within the cross represent a campaign we began last year called the ‘Band of Brothers & Sisters.’ The ‘bands’ inspiration and heart came... read more »

Posted by Rev. Chongho James Kim on March 08, 2017

Reflections on Transfiguration

As the Christian cycle moves from the winter light of Epiphany toward the spring light of Lent days grow longer and nights shorter. In this gradual movement the signs of light are varied in their beauty and clarity. Some light glimmers like the new fake candles that are a little... read more »

Posted by Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe on February 26, 2017

A Prayer for General Conference 2016

Christ of creation and legislation, who appoints seasons of rest and days to labor, who watches and waits, sees and acts, We are here. We recall your influence consistently working for good in ways that are not always obvious. We recognize your persuasive presence more real than what we choose... read more »

Posted by Rev. Neal Christie on May 14, 2016

Jesus Christ, Risen

Dear Friends of the General Board of Church and Society, Greetings in the name of Jesus our Hope and Salvation! On Easter Sunday and in the weeks to follow, we proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, risen.  The message of the resurrection is central to our understanding of... read more »

Posted by Bishop Robert Hoshibata on March 25, 2016

Putting our faith into climate action

Warm Hearts, Cool Climate week 2

Coupling advocacy with individual efforts, United Methodists are walking the talk and caring for creation. read more »

October 20, 2015

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