What we believe about God in Christ Jesus is what we will do with our lives. We will plant seeds and nurture them to fruition by what we practice day to day. Each time we think or do something, we build up habits of mind and muscle that make it easier to think or act that certain way. Choosing to live out spiritual practices that inculcate the ease...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2016 Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement on behalf of the Council in the wake of shootings in the U.S. this week. In the aftermath of violent deaths this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas, we speak to a nation th...

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In the midst of those times when we realize that we are called to be united in the love of Christ Jesus, even in the midst of the struggles when that calling is not so easy, an attitude of thankfulness gives positive shape to the heart and mind and helps us grow in grace, love, and unity. It is not only important that we experience or do a thing. I...

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Prayer unites us with God in the focusing of our minds and in the cleansing of our hearts. It is a turning towards God. It is, in itself, a course correction that draws us back to our goal and our purpose. Prayer is liberation from a sense of isolation. It is a claim upon our relationship with the One Who Loves Us First. In prayer, we find our brea...

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By Linda Bloom June 27, 2016 | UMNS When Martin Boehm began preaching to a wider group of believers, Mennonite leaders were so displeased they ex-communicated him. Now — more than 240 years later — Mennonites have renounced “the small-mindedness of religious thinking” used against the former Mennonite bishop who became a founder of the pres...

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One of the chief motivations for building the present-day ecumenical movement was to give credible witness to Jesus Christ and his teachings. Giving credible witness has at its core the sharing of the good news that is the essence of Christ’s message — that God loves us and wishes us to “[…] have life and have it in abundanc...

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Mennonites to rescind censure of excommunication of Martin Boehm Boehm’s Chapel, one of the oldest Methodist churches in America, will celebrate its 225th anniversary with a series of events aimed at commemorating its rich contribution to the faith tradition and the historic role of its founder, Rev. Martin Boehm. In a significant development...

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Drawing closer in unity with God and drawing closer in unity with fellow Christians also means drawing closer with all aspects of God’s creation. If the body of Christ, God’s church in the world, is bound up in relationships with God and all Christians with each other, it is important to also pay attention to the relationships God has w...

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Peace is an action word. It is a practice of faith and an essential component of the Christian way of life. It is at the core of ecumenism. It is a struggle and a challenge. When I go to gatherings of Christians from different traditions, as a historian, I often think of the relationship these groups of people have had with one another over time. M...

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