Category Archives: Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church

CUIC’s Statement on White Nationalism and White Supremacism

Churches Uniting In Christ released this very important statement today. CUIC is made up of the following communions, representing approximately 20,000,000 congregants in the U.S.: AME AMEZ CME Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Episcopal Church Presbyterian USA International Council of … Continue reading

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Churches Uniting In Christ Responds to Violence in Orlando and Multiple Police

In June and July of this year, Churches Uniting In Christ has responded to the pandemic of gun violence that has rocked our Nation.   Churches Uniting in Christ is a covenant relationship among eleven Christian communions that have pledged to … Continue reading

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Hispanic/Latin@ millennials and the Church

This past April, I attended a gathering of Hispanic/Latin@ church leaders with the intent of discussing how to reach Hispanic/Latin@ millennials for the church.  There was great diversity of denominations, national origin, language and polity among this group.  I was … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Easter, 2016

I saved this for after Easter Sunday. So often, after the anthems are finished, our special meals are cleared off the tables and our friends, family and guests have returned from whence they came, we put our Easter-spirit away like … Continue reading

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Racial Bias? Surely not here.

In keeping with the promise made in 2014 and reiterated this month at our meeting of the Racial and Social Justice Task Force , a vital part of Churches Uniting in Christ ecumenical gathering of 10 mainline Protestant denominations, it … Continue reading

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On being a clergy spouse.

With the increasing role of male clergy spouses across many denominations, our roles have not been clearly defined.  I remember asking people I trusted who have been clergy wives for advice on how to fill the role of a good … Continue reading

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Liberty and Justice for All Initiative

Today, in Washington D.C., the Liberty and Justice for All Initiative wrapped up a conference at which churches have been asked to make  racism and racially-motivated violence a thing of the past. With that in mind, I stood before my … Continue reading

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Thoughts of Rev. Ted Dotts.

Today, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, where I hold my full-membership, there will be a memorial service. It is a memorial service I long to attend but will not be able to do so. It is only 5 hours … Continue reading

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Will We Overcome?

In keeping with the promise made at our meeting of the Racial and Social Justice Task Force, a vital part of Churches Uniting in Christ, it was decided to start sharing our stories of racial and social injustice each of us have experienced.  Here … Continue reading

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World AIDS Day revisited

Below is the posting I wrote last year.  Unfortunately, nothing much has changed.  In 2004, when our Council of Bishops, through the General Conference that year, agreed to raise funds for the Global AIDS Fund equal to $1.00 per United … Continue reading

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