UMC Female Clergy Underrepresented, Underpaid

UMC Female Clergy Underrepresented, Underpaid

Female clergy in the United Methodist Church (UMC) are underrepresented and underpaid, according to a report published in late October. Women comprise more than half of all UMC members, but only 31.8% of all UMC clergy were females in 2020. Of the five UMC...
Who Bears the Cost for Technological Advances?

Who Bears the Cost for Technological Advances?

What has artificial/machine intelligence (AI) to do with environmental destruction and global warming? What goes into the making of such systems? The language of “cloud computing,” “virtual reality” and “cyberspace” has inured us into thinking that the web and AI...
Let Them Learn

Let Them Learn

Education stands out as one of the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic, and not just for the reasons we would suspect. Children of all ages, along with students in higher education, either missed a lot of classes, or had to switch to remote learning, or both....
Pope Francis Urges Caring for Common Good, Common Home

Pope Francis Urges Caring for Common Good, Common Home

Pope Francis thanked and praised “social poets” for the ways they create hope and work for inclusion and equality in an Oct. 16 video address focused on working for the common good and caring for our common home. “Poetry means creativity, and you create hope. With...
No Shortage of Shortages: We’re All Out

No Shortage of Shortages: We’re All Out

We’re all out. Still in the throes of a global pandemic, we are running out of a lot of things. Grocery stores posted flyers that read: “There is a national coin shortage. Please use the exact change.” Or “No cash. Credit and debit cards only.” The same can be said of...