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. 

Praying for Refugees

Read a short reflection on the "Marawi Siege" in the Philippines, as we hold all refugees in prayer, whether they are crossing international borders or being internally displaced, dislocated and dispersed.

The Space Between

The Missouri Reconciling Ministries Network recommends this video, which explains and tells stories of "non-binary" gender identity. 

Local Resources on Race and Social Justice

The Center for Social Empowerment, which was started by United Methodists in Ferguson, Missouri, offers a curated resource list (articles, videos, podcasts, books, and definitions) for anyone looking for a way to start the conversation about race and social justice with your family, friends, coworkers, and community. 

New Nonprofit Movie Theater

24:1 Cinema, located near Ferguson, serves the north St. Louis area by providing entertainment and increasing community involvement. Read an article here about their mission.

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

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. 

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.