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Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
Click Here to Apply   UMC churches and other UMC entities in the United States are invited to apply for funding to disrupt racism and xenophobia by working with a community partner or alliance to:  Identify and change at least one racist and/or xenophobic system, policy, or practice in the wider community. Engage UMC people with diverse community partners in frequent vital conversations about racism and xenophobia. Build understanding and trusting relationships... continue reading
Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
Several years ago, my predominantly white congregation, if not dying, definitely was starting to lose consciousness. However, things began to turn around as church staff and leaders recognized the changing community — predominantly Hispanic and working poor — and decided to be intentional about embracing change. While we're not a standing-room-only congregation yet, we're thriving. Here are some ideas that might help your church as well.  Work with a congregati... continue reading
Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
United Methodists — including entire families — are among the hundreds killed after torrential rains caused deadly mudslides and flooding near Freetown. Capt. John Jimmy and his wife and four children, members of Price Memorial United Methodist Church, were buried under rubble in a mudslide, a relative told United Methodist News Service. Jimmy, a military officer, was the son of the late Rev. Edward Jimmy, a United Methodist worker and clergyman. Sahr Kelly, a... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017
“As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” (Luke 19:41-42) On Saturday, August 12, I was on a long 500-mile drive and was unaware of what was going on in Charlottesville, Virginia, until someone reached out to me by text. That text led to a call and the call led me to pull into a rest stop so that I could pull up what info... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017
“As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” (Luke 19:41-42) On Saturday, August 12, I was on a long 500-mile drive and was unaware of what was going on in Charlottesville, Virginia, until someone reached out to me by text. That text led to a call and the call led me to pull into a rest stop so that I could pull up what inf... continue reading
Monday, Aug 14, 2017
Hope is the answer for our communities as we live, work, play, and worship together. Hope holds our communities together. Hope shows us that there is something more to come. Every year at Urbana United Methodist Church, we dream of ways we can bring the churches of the community together, reach out, and make contact with our neighbors. These dreams turned into the “Week of Hope.” Week of Hope started as a week-long outreach that combined the manpower of multipl... continue reading
Monday, Aug 14, 2017
Since 2000, Horizon Prison Initiative has transformed prisoners who transform prisons and communities. This summer, two key Horizon leaders are transitioning into retirement: Executive Director Jeff Hunsaker and Board President Bishop C. Joseph Sprague. Under their leadership, Horizon has worked with hundreds of incarcerated men, and in 2016 Horizon launched its first program for women at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. After serving as a voluntee... continue reading
Monday, Aug 14, 2017
For some, evangelism is a scary word. But for Connor Ewing and Cami Mohler, both recent high school graduates, evangelism is a way of life. “They are bold in their ability to stand up, to say, ‘this is what I believe in and why I believe it’,” said the Rev. Matt Overman, Pastor of Children and Family Ministries at Grand Lake United Methodist Church in Celina, Ohio. That’s why he nominated the two teenagers for the Harry Denman Evangelism Award, which recognizes... continue reading
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017
As we cope with increasing anxieties that are symbolized in tension with North Korea, the Korean Peninsula, Charlottesville, Virginia, and many places - down the street and around the world - not covered by the news media, I offer this prayer from the Book of Common Prayer: "Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples m... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017
        "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” - Psalm 90:12 Greetings beloved in Christ Jesus: This week I was gifted with another birthday. I am grateful and humbled that, as an elderly woman in one of my Dad's churches used to say, "God has bid my golden moments to roll on a little while longer." Every time I would see Sister Jordan and I inquired about her well-being, that was consistently her response and, may I add, her testi... continue reading