Pennsylvania order asks Supreme Court to uphold its Religious Rights

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The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether their religious freedom rights were violated by the construction and pending use of a natural gas pipeline through its land. The petition asks the Supreme Court to determine how extensively the government must respect claims under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and whether the construction violates their religious freedoms under the RFRA. To read more on the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and their petition, click here.

Stories of Change

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Stories of Change is a compilation of people from all different religions who have chosen to “live the change.” This page, from Living the Change, showcases inspiring stories of people and the changes they have made with a short description and video for each person. To read more on the Stories of Change, click here.

Your Vote. Our Voices. Speak Up for Our Future, Get Out and Vote!

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United Methodist Women wants to encourage everyone, especially women, to get out and vote.

“Your vote has the power to move us closer to creating a world in which justice rolls down like water and righteousness as a mighty stream. So, get out and vote! You have the power to pull a lever to change the conversation about our national priorities. You have the power to organize a car pool to take the homebound to their polling stations. You have the power to use the United Methodist Women Election Checklist to find out which candidates support our vision of a nation with clean air, with maternal and child well-being; a nation where workers earn a living wage and a nation where we offer educational opportunity rather than juvenile detention.”

To read more on the importance of voting, click here.

ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has relief programs around the world and in 2018, they created a “40 Days of Giving.” During this lenten program highlights several programs in India, Malawi, and the United States that revolve around food and agriculture, education and income, health and wellness, refugees, and women’s rights. To read the entire brochure on the goals of these projects and the impacts they could have, click here.

Speaking Out for Justice: United Methodist Women Advocate for Oil and Gas Regulations

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United Methodist Women members asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect the vulnerable as a way to speak out for justice.  Three United Methodist Women members raised their voices on behalf of the vulnerable, women, and children in Washington D.C., speaking out against a possible postponement of regulations affecting natural gas and oil production. To read more on how and why these women spoke out for justice, click here.

Hope is the Thing: A Sermon for Climate Justice

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Hope is the Thing: A Sermon for Climate Justice from United Methodist Women is an account from Bishop C. Joseph Sprague on the sermon he gave at the United Methodist Caretakers of God’s Creation Conference. The Bishop discusses the complexity of being caretakers of God’s creation and how to remember that you are not alone in the journey. To read the entire article, click here.

The Unthinkable Undrinkable: A Fight for Clean Water

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The Unthinkable Undrinkable: A Fight for Clean Water is an article from United Methodist Women about four young women who began working towards ending climate injustice, starting with water in the United States. Their hope was “to show people that water quality issues are not only global problems, seen in third-world countries, but that they happen in our backyard as well.” To read more on the research they did in three regions of the United States, click here.

Faith Leaders Hand-Deliver Ford Headquarters a Petition to Stand by Clean Car Rules

Faith Leaders Hand-Deliver Ford Headquarters a Petition to Stand by Clean Car Rules

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Clergy and religious leaders from across Michigan and the Midwest hand delivered a message of faith to Ford Motor Company Headquarters. They are calling on the company to publicly stand by national clean car standards.

“As a person of faith, we were called to ask Ford to use their power and influence to stand up for strong clean car standards, as they exist,” stated Marchelle Phelps, president of Detroit Conference United Methodist Women. “The standards are good for all humanity and creation, and we know automakers can meet them.”

To read more, click here.

Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue

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Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue is an article form Sojourners magazine that discusses the issue of climate change as a civil rights issue and four ways to respond. Author Gerald Durley quotes Martin Luther King Jr. by saying, “We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish together as fools.” He believes that climate change is a civil rights issue which business, political, educational, and faith leaders must join forces to stop. To read more on how to respond, click here.

Sacred Seasons of the Sacred Earth

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Sacred Seasons of the Sacred Earth is a series of four webinars focusing on the festivals of Hanukkah, Tu B’Shvat, and two sessions of Passover. The first webinar will be on Tuesday November 13th,  2018 at 7 pm Eastern time. The webinars are from Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Alanna Kleinman, a rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Ira Silverman Memorial Intern at The Shalom Center. To read more or to register for the webinars, click here.