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What Do We Do with General Conference Politics?

Posted May 16, 2016
Jay Voorhees offers his perspective on navigating the politics around General Conference. The United Methodist General Conference is being held May 10-May 20 in Portland, OR.  By Jay Voorhees Not long ago I moved my aging father to Nashville and these days spend most every evening visiting with him and cooking dinner. He started showing signs of dementia several years ago, and now...

Loving Our Neighbors: Rallying Around the Water Crisis

Posted May 14, 2016
In connection with the United Methodist Women's rally to demand clean water for all, Caroline Cooper Archer reflects on the water crisis near and far. Caroline graduated from Mercer University with a B.S.E. in Environmental Engineering in May 2015. She recently interned with Blood:Water and is now pursuing a Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee. By...

United Methodist Kairos Response: Divestment

Posted May 12, 2016
Current and former missionaries of the United Methodist Church who are serving in the Holy Land speak out about the harsh realities faced by Palestinians today and the importance of non-violent means of action like Divestment. "Come be a voice for peace and justice for all the people of this land, whether they're Israelis or Palestinians. We don't want you to take sides, except...

Why Social Media Matters to Activism

Posted May 10, 2016
Social media is an integral part of most people's lives -- it's also become important for protests and activism all over the world. But what can social media actually do? Today on The Feed, we hear from Erin Guzmán, who offers a perspective on why social media matters to activism. By Erin Guzmán I’m old enough to remember a time before computers and the...

Why I Do General Conference

Posted May 6, 2016
Jay Voorhees, Sr. Pastor of the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church (located in Nashville, TN), offers his perspective on how to keep hope in the connectional value of General Conference 2016, beginning May 10.   By Jay Voorhees In 1988 I participated in my first United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis, MO. I was 27 years old, a relatively new employee of United...

Moyo: Where We Are Now

Posted May 2, 2016
In the summer of 2015, Moyo launched with a hope of trying something new. We wanted to address faith and justice from a different angle—not from a pew but in a digital space. As an interactive website created by The Upper Room and Global Ministries, Moyo seeks to create a global community that identifies and engages issues people care about so that faith and justice are understood as...

3 Important Things to Know About Feminism

Posted April 18, 2016
Today on The Feed, we hear from Caresse John, Associate Professor of English at Belmont University. Dr. John teaches and writes about American Literature and Gender Studies. In her post, Dr. John tells readers what she wants every person to know about Feminism. By Caresse John I am a woman. And I am a feminist. The two don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. In fact, often women...

Adaptation and Flux: Pregnancy During the Ordination Process

Posted April 6, 2016
Today on The Feed, we hear from Claire Sauerbrei-Brown, a student at Vanderbilt Divinity School and a postulant for ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. In this piece, Sauerbrei-Brown reflects on going through the Episcopal ordination process at the same time as her pregnancy. Addressing issues that connect directly to our topic Gender & Identity,...

Transgender Day of Visibility

Posted March 30, 2016
March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility. For those of you unfamiliar with this day of celebration, here are important things to know about it, courtesy of Trans Student Educational Resources. Also, check out 10 Things You Can Do For Transgender Day of Visibility.   What is Transgender Day of Visibility? TDOV is a day to show your support for the trans community, aiming to bring...

Facebook's Name Policy and the Trans Community

Posted March 28, 2016
When a person comes out as transgender, they have to fight against multiple cultural biases and expectations to live as their authentic self. For instance, finding work, healthcare, and safe housing can be difficult for trans people. But did you ever think that Facebook could be a barrier for the transgender community in living their authentic selves? Cora Love, who Moyo interviewed, was kicked...