Church and Society News

Domestic violence in spotlight

The Oklahoma Conference is partnering to present “Safe Town,” a program on domestic violence awareness, on Feb. 27 at OKC-Church of the Servant. This one-day training, which is interactive, is made ...

See all the people: Ruby Payne brings insight on poverty

On March 15 in Moore, Ruby Payne herself will lead a free workshop about understanding poverty, following her company’s presentation last fall of “What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty” ...

Church security

Active-shooter training among ways Oklahomans prepare for crises BY HOLLY MCCRAY Some Oklahoma United Methodist churches invested in safety strategies months, even years, before a gunman burst into ...

Young adults work for racial reconciliation

General church grant supports vision for 4 partner groups NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An Oklahoma group is among the first recipients of grants for United Methodist young adults who have a passion for racial ...

Church security: Questions rise after shooting at small church

BY HOLLY MCCRAY and SAM HODGES The shooting tragedy on Nov. 5 at a Texas church has United Methodist churches expressing heartbreak and offering prayers. They’re also refocusing on security. A gunman’...

GCSROW examines clergy pay

A recent article on the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women website reports pay disparities are widening between United Methodist clergy when comparing genders. The commission has ...

Tour will focus of racism in America

Plan to “Get on the Bus to D.C.” in June 2018 and travel with other Oklahoma United Methodists to learn more about racism in America. The chartered bus trip is jointly planned by three Conference ...

Prepare for culture shock

Responding to a crisis call, the police officer saw little to eat yet a massive TV and hundreds of videotapes inside the flimsy home. He wondered why entertainment seemed valued over food in that ...

Group encourages churches to become "greener"

Churches can take a number of steps to reduce their impact on the environment, according to the Environmental Coalition of the Conference’s Board of Church and Society. The proposals comply with a ...

Justice retreat focuses on issue of ingrained racism

BY HOLLY MCCRAY Walled in by beauty at Canyon Camp, 80 people recently covenanted to tear down ugly walls of institutional racism in the Church. A 24-hour retreat culminated with agreement on ...

Retreat to tackle systemic racism

Spend an evening listening. Personal stories of racism will open a justice retreat Aug. 25-26 (Friday evening-Saturday afternoon), hosted by the Board of Church & Society, at Canyon Camp. "Tearing ...

Just causes -- Eco-spirituality is focus for deaconess

A box fan hummed and birds twittered outside open windows in July as Pat Hoerth discussed her concerns for God’s good earth. This United Methodist deaconess grew up "immersed in nature" on a ...

Caring for our planet

Personal action at heart of new program The Environmental Coalition hopes to present its new educational program to a wide array of people — civic groups, other secular or faith organizations, even ...

Earth Walk will begin at UM Ministry Center

Earth Walk will begin in the United Methodist Ministry Center parking lot in Oklahoma City on Earth Day, April 22. Live music will welcome people at 6 p.m. The walking route, just over 1 mile, will ...

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