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.
Ruling on Gay Bishop: What Does it Mean?
The UMC recently held court to determine if newly elected Bishop Karen Oliveto is in violation of church law. Bishop Oliveto is openly gay and married her partner in 2014.
The ruling has created more confusion, as it appears to contradict itself. Bishop Oliveto still has her job, even though the court ruled that electing a gay bishop does violate church law.
This case is still in process, and Rev. Diane is available if you want to speak to her about the issue. You can also listen to her 4/30 sermon, in which she references Bishop Oliveto's case. Read the official response from Reconciling Ministries here.
UMC Bishops Will Meet in St. Louis in 2019
The UMC Council of Bishops is planning a special conference here in St. Louis in February 2019 to discuss the issue of the church's policies on homosexuality.
You can read the general conference announcement here and the Missouri Conference response here. For more information on LGBTQ activism in the United Methodist Church, visit the Reconciling Ministries website.
UUMC is currently in conversation with Reconciling Ministries and will vote on whether or not to become an official Reconciling Ministries church later this summer.
The Freedom of Real Apologies
A Native American writer explores the idea of "real apologies" in her poetry and conversation with NPR's
On Being. Read the interview transcript here.
UMC Invests in Renewable Energy
Wespath, the UMC's pension agency, has invested over $30 million to clean energy causes.
Reflecting on Standing Rock
Two seminary students visited the Standing Rock reservation and wrote about their experiences as outsiders, witnesses, and advocates of Native American rights.
United Methodism Around the World
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
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.
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.