First openly LGBT+ UMC bishop faces hearing while UMC struggles to hold together

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The UMC Judicial Council met yesterday in New Jersey to hear the case of Bishop Karen Oliveto, and to decide whether she should be deposed. A decision point is fast approaching where the UMC will need to define what sort of church they intend to be.

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A Reflection on Congregational Vitality

By doubling down on trying to maintain what was familiar about the church and its mores, we may have poorly positioned ourselves to respond positively to what was happening in our parishes and neighborhoods. Inadvertently, in the press to respond to profound human suffering and changing circumstances which were often baffling, we all too often neglected the nurturing of disciples of Christ

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Silence, speech, and love

How, then, to reconcile two social needs which seem at odds with each other: a longing for spaces for peace and reflection with the urgency of social justice issues? How can we create spaces for the former without sticking our heads in the sand and ignoring the latter?

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Priest Pulse: A brand new day

In this Holy Week and Easter episode this year we listen to stories of sexual trafficking, ministries of anti-human trafficking, and resurrected life made possible through Christ. Colin interviews Becca Stevens, founder and president of Thistle Farms, and Bonnie Gatchell, founder and director of Route One Ministry.

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From the Daily Sip: A new Easter Week Triduum

It grieves me that we put so much effort into the suffering, shame and darkness of Holy week and then just recover, exhausted with Netflix and candy in Easter Week, too exhausted even to unwrap a Cadbury Egg. Easter Monday? What of Monday? What of Tuesday? What of Wednesday of this Easter Week?

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Aliens in a strange land

I increasingly feel that I live in a strange land. Political polarization has displaced the mutual respect and compromise essential for democracy to protect the rights of the minority and the majority… Where is the Church, and most particularly The Episcopal Church (TEC), to be found in this strange land?

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