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Methodists to consider expulsion of married lesbian bishop

The United Methodist Church is to hold a hearing tomorrow to consider the future of a married lesbian who was elected as a bishop.  San Francisco pastor Karen Oliveto was elected unanimously to serve as bishop of the UMC Western Jurisdiction last year, in spite of official rules which ban LGBT ministers from serving openly. 13 more words


Why Mr. Yakabuski is Wrong

In his April 24, 2017, Globe and Mail article entitled, The jig is up for Canada’s school boards, Konrad Yakabuski calls for the end of publicly elected school boards, describing them as “a sorry spectacle of Canadian democracy”. 705 more words

School Boards

Native American fox totem

In Native American cosmologies, the Fox Spirit has a number of distinct characteristics: 

– Cunning and sly

– Observant – and good at remaining unnoticed… 25 more words


Maria Borges stuns as the first African model on Elle in 20 years

By Phelicia Ball

Seldom do people of color make it on the cover of a magazine, unless you’re an athlete, Beyoncé or the color of the cream in my coffee (as if this makes you less black). 285 more words


Increasing Women's Leadership Roles: A Top Priority

Increasing Women’s Leadership Roles is a Top Priority

By Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator for New Jersey

I was heartened to read a letter on Midnight Minds from two of my constituents about the #RepresentHer campaign (“Women Have a Positive Impact on Government”). 534 more words


William Wordsworth's Nose

While best known as Shakespeare’s death date and birthday, 23 April marked the anniversary of the death of another of England’s great poets—William Wordsworth (7/4/1770-23/4/1850). While visiting his former home, … 139 more words

Governance by Assembly and the Problem of Representation (Part II)

In Part I, we laid a foundation for what representation means in the church. In Part II, we are going to look at how this exists in practice, particularly regarding the General Synod. 1,636 more words

General Synod