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Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many church leaders to be creative in ministry to fulfill the mission of the church; to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Vacation Bible School is one of those disciple making ministries children look forward to each Summer. Over the next two issues, we will feature a few of the many congregations that held VBS in new ways and changed lives of children, families and the leaders themselves. Parking-lot VBS Reaches Out to Famili... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
The Revs. John Lewis and Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian were models of authentic religion who proved that people of faith can change a nation, said the Rev. James Lawson, a United Methodist pastor who worked side-by-side with both men in the early days of the civil rights movement. Lewis and Vivian both died on July 17. Lawson said the news stories that have followed — while mentioning the two men were clergy — leave out that important religious component and the... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
Sid Davis never thought he’d be driving all over his sprawling city to have masked, socially distanced curbside visits with choir members. But Davis, director of music and worship arts at Houston’s St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, has faced an empty choir loft and no in-person rehearsals since early March. So he and wife Cindy are going ZIP code by ZIP code to check on more than 100 adult choir members. The couple even have a magnetic “Operation Curbside Con... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
While working 60 hours a week helping to feed the hungry in Columbus, Ohio, the Rev. John Edgar got word that his 98-year-old mother had come down with the coronavirus. “I couldn’t see my mother and then she got weaker and really sick,” said Edgar, executive director of Community Development for All People and the pastor emeritus for the United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, which he founded. Edgar and his 99-year-old father finally were allowed t... continue reading
Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, All In Community shifted grant funding to support churches providing direct assistance to men and women returning from prison. One grant recipient, Stonybrook UMC, recently welcomed home the first beneficiary of their COVID-19 Pandemic Response Grant. In collaboration with Kindway and New Albany UMC, recent Kindway EMBARK alumni, Lori W., moved into her new home on July 12. This wasn’t any routine residential transition either. L... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020
Justin Williams is a runner. He is also pastor of Coburn United Methodist Church in Zanesville, Ohio. While visiting a member in hospice care, Williams was asked if he’d run yet that day. He had not done so but promised to run the next day and to pray as he passed this member’s house. Williams kept his promise and took a photo to send to the family. The family responded with their father’s appreciation of the prayer and the picture. In that moment, Williams dec... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020
Native Americans, including United Methodists, were jubilant over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming their jurisdiction over criminal prosecutions of tribe members on reservations in Oklahoma. “I’m excited. I am happy,” said Anne Marshall, councilwoman for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and member of the Wewoka United Methodist Church in Holdenville, Oklahoma. “The U.S. is going to start having to honor these treaties.” C. Blue Clark is an emeritus history prof... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020
Bishop Mande, resident bishop of the North Katanga Conference, speaks to coronavirus in the Congo and the witness of the church. In a country of over 90 million people with only two testing centers, there is not way of knowing how many people have tested positive. The church, however, has been proactive in preventative measures. He also asks some very provocative questions upon which we can reflect—“What if Jesus tested positive to COVID-19?” What does it mean... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020
COVID-19 has revealed disproportionate disparities related to healthcare for persons with disabilities (PWD) and those who serve PWD. As United Methodists "we urge the church and its people to stand alongside PWD and to speak out of their rights in society (Book of Resolutions ¶3302). Learn more and demand disability justice for PWD. For more information on ministry with persons with disabilities or to complete an accessibility assessment, contact Rebecca Hug,... continue reading
Friday, Jul 17, 2020
Beloved in Christ Jesus: Thanks for all the ways you continue to extend the love and grace of God made known in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to more and more and more people. Against many odds you are learning, stretching, and serving. I have taken special note of how you have navigated the safe resumption of in-person worship. I know not all of you are doing this but many of you are, without eliminating the online opportunities you have... continue reading