The Biblical Obedience Network has established a "We Did!" list of clergy who have celebrated same-gender marriages, commitment, or holy union services. Please read our statements and consider making your witness to your Biblical obedience. You are reminded that this is a public list, and that only the pastor(s) who conducted the service(s) should sign the list. Do not "out" someone else, please.
The Beginning & End of Life Action Network of the Western Methodist Justice Movement works to expand the understanding of human rights to include individual freedom of conscience in determining ones own end-of-life care as well as issues relating to reproductive justice. The Network defines reproductive justice as working to build a world where everyone has what they need to create the family they want to create, as well as affirming a woman’s moral right to make decisions as to whether to bear or not bear children according to her own conscience and religious principles.
Give to UMCOR Philippines for recovery from the recent Super Typhoon Haiyan.
November 11, 2013—The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved an emergency grant in response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 storm, which barreled through the Philippines on Friday, November 8.
The $97,000 grant will provide emergency food, water, and water purification tablets to 7,500 individuals (or 1,500 families) in Tacloban City, Leyte Province, an area worst hit by the typhoon. To ensure that food is delivered in a timely fashion, it has been UMCOR’s strategy to purchase food locally to support local economies, and provide culturally-appropriate food to those who lack ready access in the aftermath of a disaster.
UMCOR funding will also build the capacity of local UMCOR Philippines’ staff and volunteers for meeting emergency needs. In the coming days, UMCOR will be conducting needs assessments and planning additional assistance, including material assistance through the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network. More here...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: M. Theresa Basile
WESTERN JURISDICTION ADVOCATES GATHER TO RENEW, ENGAGE AND LEAD
The Western Methodist Justice Movement announces retreat for Labor Day Weekend 2014
Los Angeles, CA – Justice-seeking United Methodists from the eight annual conferences of the Western Jurisdiction will gather at Zephyr Point Conference Center in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, for a Labor Day weekend retreat, Stepping Out In Faith, from August 29 to Sept 1, 2014, where we will celebrate our God-given diversity while working together in the conviction that God’s justice will prevail in our church and world.
This retreat will give United Methodists in the Western Jurisdiction – and friends from across the Connection – a chance to experience the profound unity that binds us together in the midst of our amazing diversity. As we enter the second half of the UMC’s 2013-16 quadrennium, we will find strength in the relationships that we forge with each other as we pursue our common commitment to justice in living out the reign of God. We will explore the deep harmony that transcends our particularities and differences. And we will allow God’s Spirit to enliven and empower us for the ‘long-haul’ as we work together to do justice and make peace.