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Advocacy for Social Justice Blog: Talking Politics in Church


Talking Politics in Church I have heard it all my life. I imagine you have as well … don’t discuss politics in church. If there is an ironclad rule of church life this just may be it. Several reasons are given for not discussing politics in church. Politics can be controversial. Controversy must be avoided in church. People disagree about politics. Disagreement must be avoided in church. Politics makes people angry. Anger must be avoided in church. In other words we are willing to risk ...

Advocacy for Social Justice Blog: Post-Election Thoughts


Post-Election Thoughts A few weeks ago, nearly 120 million Americans and over 2 million Alabamians went to the polls to vote for President, Congressional and state leaders, and a host of local leaders and amendments.  Elections are a time when passions run high for people of all political persuasions.  Here are some thoughts that may be helpful for us as Christians trying to witness to the unity of the body of Christ in a deeply polarized country. God belongs to neither political party.  There ...

Advocacy for Social Justice Blog: Justice Story: Jimmy and Cedric


Justice Story: Jimmy and Cedric Health reform has been at the heart of much partisan debate and controversy in our country.  And yet, making sure people have access to healthcare is surely something that Christians must be concerned about.  It is a justice issue.  The problem with political debates is that they often end up arguing about different ideologies rather than recognizing the humanity of those who are affected.  Here are two stories of people from Church without Walls UMC in Birmingham...

Social Justice resources available to local churches


On September 16, Trinity UMC in Huntsville, launched the "Daybreak in Alabama" resources, a collection of of videos and study guides addressing topics such as predatory lending, immigration, food security and others. Ten topics are covered in the initial offering to help church members grow as disciples while the church grows in capability and capacity to be witnesses in their communities. The Daybreak in Alabama resources are created by a network of congregations throughout the state to inform ...

Advocacy for Social Justice Blog: The work of justice is the work of the church


The work of justice is the work of the church Caring for the most vulnerable is a consistent theme throughout Scripture.  Likewise, Wesleyan theology and the Methodist movement from its very beginning placed a high emphasis on caring for the “least of these.”  There are two primary ways the church lives out this calling: charity and justice.  Charity meets temporary needs.  Justice addresses root causes.  Charity feeds the hungry.  Justice asks why are there hungry people in the first place.  ...

12 young adults descend on U.S. capital for social justice work placements


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Twelve people, ages 20 to 22, began work early in June in the Ethnic Minority Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship program of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). They are working in nonprofit and nongovernmental social-justice organizations in the U.S. capital for two months. This year's group of interns includes one North Alabama young adult. Young adults are selected annually, primarily from the five ethnic caucuses of The United Methodist Church ...

Birmingham-Southern College Faculty issue response to Alabama HB 56


At its November meeting, the Birmingham-Southern College faculty unanimously approved the following response: Birmingham-Southern College nurtures the intellectual, ethical, and spiritual development of students from a variety of backgrounds. We seek to help all students engage in the global community by offering an education that develops understanding and appreciation for the larger world. An international community adds an important and valued dimension to the entire BSC campus. Because ...

Upper Sand Mountain Parish Director among presenters at briefing on Capitol Hill


WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Alabama's Tayna Rains was among the leaders representing diverse faith traditions from eight states who took part in a briefing on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, to underscore the importance of reentry programming for women and men following incarceration. The luncheon briefing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill was hosted by the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society in collaboration with the Faith in Action Working Group, and the offices of ...

Who speaks for the United Methodist Church?


There has been much discussion on the North Alabama Conference website regarding Alabama’s new immigration law (HB 56). One question that was raised repeatedly in the discussion is “Who speaks for the United Methodist Church?” Rev. Mark Parris, pastor of Northport First UMC and a clergy delegate to the 2012 General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church serving as head of the North Alabama delegation, has offered a brief answer to that repeatedly ...

"Another Captive Free" CD raises funds for new prison Chapel


Inmates at the St. Clair Correctional Facility have recorded a 15-track CD of gospel music to help raise funds for a new Chapel at the prison. Each of the songs (tune and lyric) is original. The songs were written by the inmates and most are copyrighted.  They were recorded at the prison during the spring of 2009. The participants were selected by the Chaplain and Warden of the prison based on their example of being followers of Jesus Christ while incarcerated. All the inmates involved in the ...

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