Response: All Articles
Articles are arranged in reverse chronological order.
Women Face Challenges of South Sudan by Paul Jeffrey
12/01/2013 response senior correspondent Paul Jeffrey gave readers an intimate look at several aspects of life in Sudan, including the Darfur region and the new nation of South Sudan when the area was the focus of United Methodist Women’s geographic mission study in 2009 and 2010. Since then, he has continued to visit the region to report on its progress and its humanitarian crises. This month Mr. Jeffrey introduces us to three women whose very different lives reflect some of the region’s current challenges
Forever Called by Richard Lord
12/01/2013 Passion is the overriding energy that flows from the Brooks-Howell Home, a United Methodist Women-owned facility in Asheville, N.C., for retired United Methodist missionaries and deaconesses. The more than 100 residents are relieved of the responsibilities and schedules of employment but never from their Christian vocation of service.
Responsively Yours: Signs of Emmanuel by Harriett Jane Olson
11/25/2013 Have you ever looked for a street sign in an unfamiliar place and been unable to find one? We look where we think the sign “should” be. I’ve been in towns where the signs are on the corners of the buildings and in towns where they hang in the middle of the street. Once you see one and understand where to look, you can find them easily. Often if we expect the signs to be black and white, we can’t see the green or brown ones that are right there. It can be difficult to see the signs when we “know” what we expect to see.
Developing Women Leaders in Liberia by Donna Akuamoah
11/25/2013 Alfreda Anderson is national coordinator of United Methodist Women of the Liberia Annual Conference and was my host when I represented U.S. United Methodist Women on a relationship-building trip to that West African country in September. Liberia United Methodist Women was founded in 1947 and today is responsible for women’s activities and mission outreach in 21 districts.
Climate Change and the Church by David Orr
11/19/2013 We have it on high authority that we were given a choice between life and death; and that we were asked to choose life. Without being overly dramatic or pessimistic, no one looking at the environmental trends could say we have chosen life. So, I want to talk about climate change, the issue of our time, and our obligation as a church. I don’t want to get into all the science, but as church members and as followers of Christ, as people who profess to care for the creation, we have to understand how the creation works and how human actions affect the creation. We’ve got to understand enough earth system science to counter those who seek to confuse the issue.
Korean PDF- Responsively Yours: The Double Bind by Harriett Jane Olson
11/01/2013 Korean version of the monthly installment by Harriett Jane Olson. We must not accept governments, institutions, corporations or people we know and love treating women as objects. God did not create us as objects. We are loved and valuable children of God, created, like men, in God's image.
GenerationNext Earth Advocates by Jennifer McCallum
10/29/2013 United Methodist Women and the Scranton Center for Women’s Leadership of Seoul, Korea, joined with the Wesley Center of Japan to train a new generation of leaders for environmental justice in Tokyo, Feb. 17-23.
Cookson Hills: Where God Changes People by Paul Jeffrey
10/29/2013 When Laurie Rowell started abusing drugs, she knew it was time to quit her job as a nurse. She didn’t want to go to work while high and put her patients’ lives at risk, but quitting work just gave her more time to use drugs. Her life went downhill fast, and soon she was arrested on drug charges.
Responsively Yours: The Double Bind by Harriett Jane Olson
10/29/2013 The Video Music Awards show is not usually on my radar, and this year was no exception even with it in Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center—at least it wasn’t before my Facebook and Twitter feeds blew up with negative comments about one artist’s performance. Criticism of the female performer was fast and vicious. Perhaps it was deserved; I don’t know, I still haven’t watched the video. However, after several days of commentary, I realized a male entertainer was also involved in the performance.
Hope, One Head of Lettuce at a Time by Pamela Sparr
10/29/2013 This is a story about hope. Not the feel-good theoretical, wishful thinking kind of hope but the tangible kind that comes when you have a solid paycheck for the first time, when the jail time you’ve done doesn’t block you from improving your life, when you can begin to see a positive future for yourself. It’s a real kind of hope for neighborhoods that have known decades of despair, crime, racism and entrenched poverty. It’s the kind of hope for our cities and our country that offers a recipe for how we can grow a more economically and environmentally sustainable and just society together.
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