The present-day ecumenical movement, with its conceptual origins drawn together from the 19th and early 20th centuries, has largely been organized around an effort to restore unity (sometimes stated as “visible unity”) among Christians separated from one another by divisions over the centuries (most commonly noted among these being the ...

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Ideas about unity in the love of God are very important. They help us to reflect upon our own concepts of self and the way we choose to faithfully live our lives. Ideas are important components of the life of faith. So, too, are practices through which truth is comprehended in practical encounters that may have been difficult — or even perhap...

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In the telling of the story of the birth of different kinds of Christians, very often that story has been framed as a sequence of tragedies of division. “Why are there churches instead of one church? Why be this or that kind of Christian — and not just a Christian?” These are questions I’ve heard countless times from both Ch...

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Click here to read the original post on UMC News. By Linda Bloom Aug. 9, 2016 | NEW YORK (UMNS) Throughout the Rt. Rev. J. Christian Giesler’s life, there has always been a United Methodist church — and a community partner — close by.So it made perfect sense to Giesler, a Moravian bishop and pastor of Emmaus (Pennsylvania) Moravian Church, th...

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Has unity in God’s love fallen apart? Is the Christian church something that once was whole and now is broken? Were we once one with God, one with each other, and one with all creation — and now that is not so? Is the effort to be perfected in the unity of God’s love simply a project of putting something back together? How we fram...

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One of the greatest gifts of God to all of creation is joy. It is the proper underpinning of anything in life that is worth doing, worth thinking, and worth our attention. Joy is one of the most important motivations for our living in unity with God, with our fellow Christians, and with all of creation. What is joy? It is more than happiness. Happi...

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Fear is a useful emotion. It is part of our inner senses that serves as an alarm to notify us of potential or actual risk or danger. It is analogous to when our physical senses let us know that we are too near an intense source of heat. Fear is an emotion that can help us avoid unnecessary injury and pain. It is useful to us as individuals and as c...

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Council of Bishops Ecumenical Officer interviewed for perspective on presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s long-time affiliation with The United Methodist Church Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, Ecumenical Officer for the Council of Bishops, was interviewed by BBC regional radio on Sunday, July 31 for her perspective on how the strong influence of the U...

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One of the things we have, as individuals, and communities, is creativity — the ability to imagine and construct aspects of our reality, the ways we live, and features of our environment. This creativity is a part of our nature. It is part of the Divine imprint in us as beings made in the image of God. It is one of the greatest resources for ...

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