Category Archives: United Methodist

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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When Systemic Racism Hits Home

This posting was written last year.  It is worth repeating. If we are to celebrate Black History Month as a people of faith, we should make sure that history is accurate. Where it is inaccurate, we are obliged to correct … Continue reading

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Four Little Girls

Every year, since 2012, I have posted this piece I wrote.  In light of today’s racial unrest, particularly from the campaign trail, we need to hear these words more today than  ever. By Vince Gonzales, September, 2012   Four little … 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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A Statement on the Orlando Shooting

On the somber anniversary of the Mother Emanual shooting, Churches Uniting in Christ released the following statement: Statement on the Mass Shooting at Pulse Nightclub, Orlando, FL On this, the anniversary of the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church … Continue reading

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On Being a Clergy Spouse, Part Two

I prepared this blog posting several months ago but, apparently, forgot to hit the publish button.  It is Part 2 of what I hope will become a series. One of the things that I find alarming is the way in … 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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When Systemic Racism Hits Home

If we are to celebrate Black History Month as a people of faith, we should make sure that history is accurate. Where it is inaccurate, we are obliged to correct it. Mere reconciliation and repentance is not enough, we must … 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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