Linda Bloom

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Speaking of peace at Church Center for UN 50th

At a celebration of a United Methodist-owned building “dedicated to the things that make for peace,” it was fitting that the honored guests included a Nobel Peace Prize winner, an ambassador who has pioneered peace initiatives at the United Nations and those promoting women’s empowerment as a means to peace.

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Across from U.N., a place for the people

  By Linda Bloom* Diplomats may have priority at the United Nations, but directly across the street is a building where grassroots voices are heard. For 50 years, the United Methodist-owned Church Center for the United Nations has welcomed those voices, prayed with them and provided hospitality and meeting space. This week, just days before …

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Top court to look at rulings on gay-related statements

Rulings on recent actions by United Methodist annual (regional) conferences regarding church law on homosexuality issues will be considered by the denomination’s top court this fall.

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Bloombytes: Seeing Mandela in New York

Perhaps no group was more excited when Nelson Mandela visited New York in 1990 than the religious folk and civil rights leaders who greeted him at Riverside Church on June 21 to celebrate his release from prison four months earlier. It is a joy that lingers years later as the entire world helps Mandela celebrate …

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United Methodists take heart in labor agreement

They prayed at the picket line, listened to workers’ stories, sent delegations to meet with management and supported a boycott. So when UNITE HERE, the union of hospitality workers in the United States and Canada, recently reached a tentative labor agreement with the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, United Methodists were pleased.

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