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Uncategorized July 1, 2010

Green and Rethink Church

{mosimage}When we read the Bible, we often focus on the relationship between humans and God. Yet, the foundational stories of our faith reveal the importance of another set of relationships—the relationships between God and Creation and between humans and Creation. From the ancient Israelites to the early followers of Christ, caring for the Earth was an important means of offering thanks and praise to God.

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Uncategorized July 1, 2010

Bishop Tutu, 500,000 call for ‘climate justice’

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Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu (right) and U.N. climate chief 
Yvo de Boer greet the crowd Dec. 13 at City Hall Square in Copenhagen. 
Tutu presented de Boer with 500,000 signatures calling for climate justice.ʉ۬UMNS photos by Peter Williams, World Council of Churches.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, right, and Bishop Sofie Petersen of Greenland, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark, led a procession during a Dec. 13 ecumenical celebration.


Meghan Roth called it “a life-changing experience” when Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu spoke Dec. 13 in Copenhagen to those concerned about the impact of climate change on the world.

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Uncategorized July 1, 2010

Churches Taking Steps to Save the Earth

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A very old church in Charleston is taking a very new approach to evangelism and, simultaneously, caring for the Earth.

Similarly, a United Methodist church in Hartsville is reaching out to its whole community through its recycling program.

The Rev. Albert Keller Jr., pastor of Circular Congregational Church in Charleston,  found a pocket of children living between the coastal city’s two rivers who had never seen a river, much less the ocean. The church’s Environmental Mission group, about 15 people, now mixes fun with ecology education, taking 15 to 25 children to participate in their beach sweeps (clean-ups), on trips to swampland and on boat-trips to barrier islands.

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Ready, set, grow: Shiloh works to keep church ‘like family’ as November expansion nears
Photo by Jessica Brodie
1 Comment   Jul 19, 2018

Ready, set, grow: Shiloh works to keep church ‘like family’ as November expansion nears

By Jessica Brodie. There’s a sign outside the fellowship hall at Shiloh United Methodist Church that reads, “Love grows here.” For pastor Dr. Christopher Greene, that sign encapsulates everything his congregation is trying to do as they live into a major expansion project designed to broaden both building and membership base. “We are growing—but with the intent to keep the bonds of family and community intact,” Greene said. “It’s steady growth, over time.”
Thanks for the bad
2 Comments   Jul 19, 2018

Thanks for the bad

Editor Jessica Brodie on how bad times (even those facing the UMC as a whole) help us draw closer to God and develop a more Christ-like attitude—humility, faith, and trust in God’s will (“thy will be done”). They teach us things we wouldn’t know otherwise. They help us become patient. They can later help us to comfort others. And when we thank God for these situations, even when it feels ridiculous to do so, we’re acknowledging His sovereignty, His dominion and His power.

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