This book is written as an aid to discernment for Christ’s disciples in this present moment of time; in our world and context. It is also written as an aid to those who wish to understand Christians and the things with which they wrestle as they do their best to live faithfully in the world. It is not a book that gives answers. Indeed, it is ...

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There are a number of ways to think of “perfecting unity.” When I first told people this would be the title of my book on ecumenism many looked uncomfortable. They nodded and smiled politely. A few of them took me aside — or called me on the phone — some time later and expressed their concern that I was at odds with one of t...

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  Episcopal-United Methodist Dialogue Communiqué   April 27, 2016 Episcopalians and United Methodists met in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the third session of their Dialogue on Full Communion ( 25-27 April 2016). The ten committee members, along with staff from each church, shared in conversation, meals, prayer, and a celebration of the E...

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“Be still and know that I am God,” Psalm 46:10 asks of us all. With the increasing buzz of cell phones, zoom of cars, drone of televisions and radios, hum of industry, and sprawl of suburbs, it is increasingly difficult to answer God’s call to stillness. Sometimes it takes leaving town for a hike or a camping trip to find true quiet. Then, we...

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Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., President of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, announced that the Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Sidorak, Jr. will retire from his role as Ecumenical Staff Officer for the Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationship (OCUIR) on July 1, 2016. United Methodist Council of Bishops F...

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We pray for everyone affected by the ‪#‎Brusselsattack‬ and for peace on earth. As we grapple with the news, we’d like to provide UMC resources on faithful responses to tragedy: Book of Resolutions: Gun Violence What the Church Says: Violence Worship Resources for Times of Crisis Faiths Against Gun Violence For a full list and more UMC ...

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The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of the General Assembly has partnered with Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) to produce a video on race. Through the lens of the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri, Race and the Church: A New Call explores how CUIC member churches, including the PC(USA), are responding to the current racial climate i...

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While many large religious organizations in the United States allow women to be ordained – and to hold leadership positions within the organization – few women have actually served at the very top. We looked at nine major religious organizations in the U.S. that both ordain women and allow them to hold top leadership slots. Of those organizatio...

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