Plowshare Vision: Peace to Be Learned and Practiced

Register Now! Church and Society Conducts Virtual Three-day 2022 Called Seminar

Responding to ongoing wars and conflict across the world, Church and Society will host “Plowshare Vision: Peace to be Learned and Practiced” from November 1 – 3, 2022, on Zoom.

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Setting the Record Straight video

Here’s our bishop, setting us straight!

Blessings,

Dan Gleckler

A video of the recent Town Hall meeting, Setting the Record Straight, with Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and leaders of the Peninsula-Delaware and Baltimore-Washington Conferences, is available to view online.

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Pioneers in Methodism: Bishop Joel Martinez

This report shows how important and significant the United Methodist Church is in fields of tolerance and understanding worldwide.

Dan Gleckler

Pioneers in Methodism: Bishop Joel Martinez

Bishop Joel Martinez, born into an immigrant, farm-working family and nurtured in the Methodist tradition, is known as a defender of the poor and advocate for social justice. For more than half a century, he has courageously advocated against abusive labor practices and ethnic/racial discrimination — while calling for justice for the needs of poor workers.

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The Lived American Muslim Experience—Backed by Data

Please prayerfully consider attending in person or on zoom these programs…Let us be a center of enlightenment and tolerance.

Dan Gleckler

A Portrait of American Muslims—Backed by Data

Did you know that nearly half of Muslim families with school-age children reported having faced religious-based bullying in the past year, with one-fifth saying the bullying occurred nearly every day?

Were you aware that one of the highest levels of Islamophobia was found among American Muslims themselves?

Or that American Muslims were more likely than all other groups to express optimism about  the  direction of the country, and yet were more likely than all other faith and non-faith groups to face obstacles to casting their vote?

American Muslims are a diverse and vibrant community. But their portrayal in media and public discourse is often shallow and biased. Demographer Dalia Mogahed will draw upon years of data compiled through the American Muslim poll, a national survey of Muslims and Americans of other religious traditions, to analyze what its fiindiings mean for an interreligious audience at the ICJS 2022 Manekin-Clark Lecture, “American Muslims at a crossroads: Navigating identity in an interreligious world.” Please join us online or in person at the Islamic Society of Baltimore in Catonsville on Monday, Oct. 24. Attendees will be invited to tour the mosque prior to the event, and to share in light refreshments and conversation afterward.

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Earthkeepers

The article on Earthkeepers is especially challenging.

Dan Gleckler

from UM News Daily Digest for October 3, 2022:

Global Ministries

29 EarthKeepers commissioned

ATLANTA — Twenty-nine EarthKeepers were commissioned Sept. 27
during a virtual ceremony. The graduates will go home and implement
the environmental projects they developed during training. “They
look at communities and the resources they have at hand to make a
difference in the climate crisis,” said the Rev. Jenny Phillips with
Global Ministries’ Environmental Sustainability program. Christie
R. House has the story.

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Richard Rohr Daily Meditation: The Second Journey

Good thoughts for a new week.
Dan Gleckler

 

Father Richard describes the conscious attention and intention necessary to “fall upward” into a purposeful second half of life:

Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of our physical life, but I simply don’t believe that’s all there is to it. What looks like falling can largely be experienced as falling upward and onward, into a broader and deeper world, where the soul finds its fullness, is finally connected to the whole, and lives inside the Big Picture.

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Daniel Ellsberg and Noam Chomsky on the Threat of Nuclear War

I’ve just watched this.   I found it powerful, well-spoken, essential.
I heartily recommend it.
Love,
Dan
Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, and Paul Jay discuss the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the war in Ukraine, and the climate crisis.

Is The United Methodist Church really...? (Part 1)

If anyone wants news and facts on The United Methodist Church’s potential to split, this issue is sound.

Blessings,

Dan Gleckler

With some congregations considering leaving The United Methodist Church or just wondering about its future, Ask The UMC offers a series of questions and answers to help clear up some common misperceptions or misinformation around disaffiliation. Graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

With some congregations considering leaving The United Methodist Church or just wondering about its future, Ask The UMC offers a series of questions and answers to help clear up some common misperceptions or misinformation around disaffiliation. Graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

At Ask The UMC, we have been answering an increasing number of questions from congregations wondering about the future of The United Methodist Church and whether they should consider disaffiliating from it. Among these have been some recurrent questions that reflect misperceptions or misinformation that some congregations are receiving as they are discerning their next steps.

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Our long ministry to the deaf community can be enlarged by our own Rev. Leo Yates, and this coming Sunday’s Labor Day can strengthen our Wesleyan commitment to working people and labor rights and relations.   May we pray and work together on these ministries!

Dan Gleckler

Halting discrimination against Deaf and hard-of-hearing

LAUREL, Md. — Audism is an “-ism” that many have not heard of, acknowledges the Rev. Dr. Leo Yates Jr. Simply put, it means discrimination against people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. Yates suggests ways churches can help combat audism, and he offers examples of United Methodist churches from Texas to the Philippines that are finding ways to include Deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

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Heavens!
Let’s figure out some way to stir up support for some of these things!
Dan Gleckler