Christian activists and advocates from all over are gathering in Washington DC this weekend, April 17 to 20, to educate one another on how to reform the justice system in the US. This is the 13th annual ecumenical social justice gathering. This year’s theme is, “Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation.” As usual, […]

My heart and head are full after a long day of visits on the border witnessing amazing ministries with migrant communities. We have seen how United Methodist churches, often working ecumenically and with the broader community, are responding to long-term needs as well as to the surge of Central American refugee families this past summer. […]

Some background on our meetings this week: The UMC Immigration Task Force is mandated by General Conference to bring together church leaders to shape church response on immigration. United Methodist Women has been a member since its creation in 2007. The Task Force has been a table to share the work of agencies, conferences and […]

This week I have the privilege of spending a week on the US/Mexico border representing United Methodist Women. My visit begins in El Paso, Texas, where I am attending a joint meeting of the Mexican Border Mission Network (MBMN) and the United Methodist Immigration Task Force. I am joined by my wonderful UMW colleagues, Cindy […]

by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications February 2013—I smiled at the police officer when I got arrested, like I am delighted to be put under arrest. But the truth is, like any proper “Southern Lady,” I was simply being polite; I’ve long held that good manners are as important as the right color of lipstick. […]

Octubre 20, 2013 – Jeremías 31:27-34 – Lucas 18:1-8 – 2da Timoteo 3:14–4:5 Las lecturas de esta semana dan testimonio del pacto y del rol del/la profeta como conceptos vivientes.  Eso significa que no pueden estar “fijos o inalterables” para todas las épocas, especialmente en la sagrada escritura. Constantemente ha sido difícil diferenciar el término pacto por las dos […]

Jeremiah 31:27-34 – Luke 18:1-8 – 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 This week’s readings witness to the covenant and the role of the prophet as living concepts. That is, they can’t be “fixed” for all times, especially not in sacred scripture. Perennially it has been difficult to differentiate covenant from the two words that have accompanied it: […]