Headlines Learning Posts

The "Learning" section of our Headlines page keeps growing and growing! It's all interesting and relevant news, but we've decided to start moving older articles into this post. 

United Methodism Around the World

United Methodism is a global
denomination! Here are a few stories about Methodists at home and a

West Virginia (Topic: Hidden Figures movie)
Philippines (Topic: Human Sexuality)
Nigeria (Topic: Refugees)

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Update

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty has released its 2016 Annual Report. 

God Sightings include: Decline to only 1 execution in Missouri in 2016. This is a significant decline from the 6 executions that took place in 2015, and the ten that took place in 2014. No new death sentences handed down in Missouri in 2016. This is the third consecutive year without a new death sentence in Missouri.  

As Sister Helen Prejean has said, "A person is more than the worst thing he or she has ever done.  God loves all human beings and endows them with dignity and worth..."

Standing Rock Sioux to fight Trump’s pipeline order

Read how UMC pastors and laypersons are standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux protesters. See updates on the protest here. 

UMC Efforts to End Violence in the Congo

Read how UMC leaders in Africa are responding to the ethnic violence in the Congo that has killed, injured and/or displaced thousands. 

Bridge Bread Featured on St. Louis On The Air

Bridge Bread, a local UMC ministry, was recently featured on the local NPR show, St. Louis on the Air. Bridge Bread employs homeless and housing-insecure people, giving them an income and professional skills they can use to improve their lives. Listen to the podcast on the show page or on itunes

Mass Incarceration is a Civil Rights Issue

The "School to Prison Pipeline" results in an astounding mass incarceration of people of color in the U.S. Read this article to find out what the UMC has to say about the issue and how you can help.

Faith and Race Podcast

Season 2 of the Faith and Race Podcast is available on iTunes. Listen to interviews with African-American Methodists from Missouri to explore the intersections of history, scripture, faith, race, and justice.

13th Documentary 

Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th is available on Netflix. It follows the progression of the 13th Amendment as it has lead to mass criminalization and mass incarceration of our current prison industrial complex. It is an extraordinary look at a part of our country's history and present that many of us would rather forget.