Joe Agne: Check-in #1 from General Conference: 5/10

May 10, 2016 Rev. Joe Agne, our Pastor for Family Life and Social Justice, is at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Portland, OR. Here is Joe’s first report from General Conference. The United Methodist General Conference 2016 starts officially tomorrow at 2:00 p.m in Portland, Oregon. Tonite, under a large tent […]

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Conversation for Breakfast meets Wednesday, 2/11

The most recent issue of The Christian Century features an article by Amy Frykholm titled “Believe It or Not: My Struggles with the Creed.” Click here to read the whole article. Frykholm suggests that the most important word in the Nicene Creed may well be “we.” We will discuss this, and other ideas inspired by […]

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Conversation for Breakfast Meets Wednesday, 2/11

The most recent issue of The Christian Century features an article by Amy Frykholm titled “Believe It or Not: My Struggles with the Creed.” Click here to read the whole article. Frykholm suggests that the most important word in the Nicene Creed may well be “we.” We will discuss this, and other ideas inspired by […]

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Attention Homes Sleep Out for Homeless Youth Thursday, 11/13

UPDATE FROM OUR FRIENDS AT ATTENTION HOMES, 11/12/14: “We have had many inquiries as to whether or not SLEEP OUT will take place. While we will not cancel the event for any reason, we want to stress that it is up to each sleeper to decide at what level they wish to participate. The whole […]

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Attention Homes Sleep Out Coming Thursday, 11/13

UPDATE FROM OUR FRIENDS AT ATTENTION HOMES, 11/12/14: “We have had many inquiries as to whether or not SLEEP OUT will take place. While we will not cancel the event for any reason, we want to stress that it is up to each sleeper to decide at what level they wish to participate. The whole […]

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Holy Week – Good Friday, April 18

Focus Scripture: When Jesus had received the wine, he said “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:30

Jesus says, “It is finished,” and then he dies. For some of us, life is finished long before we draw our last breath. The best explication of this comes from The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a sermon he delivered November 5, 1967, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia:

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We Stand with Frank Schaefer: A Letter from Pat and Joe

Between us we have over 70 years of ordained ministry within the United Methodist Church. We have faced our share of challenges but have known still more joys within our congregations and communities. Our social justice involvements have been as near as sleeping outdoors in support of homeless youth next door, as far away as fighting apartheid in South Africa, and in many, many struggles for justice and liberation in places in between. During the recent floods in Colorado, we personally felt the concrete blessing of being part of a connectional church that reaches out to support one another and the community. We treasure the power of compassion when 12 million United Methodists worldwide unite to carry the love of God into the world.
At the same time nothing has saddened, embarrassed and angered us more than witnessing United Methodist institutional leaders fall horribly short of implementing Jesus’ call to radical inclusion and love when it comes to our LGBTQ sisters and the brothers.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Holy One, the source of all religions, all peace and all justice, there are times when you communicate concretely with us about what it really means to be human. The life of Nelson Mandela is one of these times. When we think our happiness is totally unconnected to the society and world we live in, […]

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