Ornamented Life

(Dear reader—as I have a lot on my plate, or as this article calls it, a “lot on one branch,” I’m going to recycle one of my newsletter articles I really enjoyed writing [and several of you mentioned to me you really enjoyed reading] for the new...

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A legacy of mission

The Methodist movement was born in the middle 18th century with mission at the heart of its purpose.  Some of the first actions of the “Holy Club,” a group that Charles and John Wesley organized with a few friends at Oxford University, were...

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Pledging with Purpose

Pledge Drive Update: Thanks to all the folks who responded so well to my “on the road the day before Thanksgiving” phone calls reminding previous years’ pledgers that we would hope to see them participate again. Though I’ve only “followed up”...

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Running the Race!

I imagine quite a few runners had the old spiritual, “Guide my Feet, as I Run This Race,” in their minds as they crossed the finish line at the Route 66 Marathon, thanks to the 90 or so churchfolks who gathered at the courtyard and sang to...

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Righteousness Exalteth a Nation

Wow—what a Sunday. We had 150 in attendance for the All Saint’s Sunday service, we had a full Great Hall to enjoy the fall harvest lunch that “Karen and Co.” (Karen Manera, Lana Howard, Jan Griffiths, and Carol Ghere) made for everyone, and then...

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Water of Life

It is certainly one of the most profoundly beautiful things I am privileged to do as a clergy person: baptizing children. As a sacrament, it is an ‘outward and visible sign of an inward and visible grace.’ But, I was awoken early this Sunday...

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Return to Sender

I belong to a generation somewhat obsessed with identity.  Despite our best efforts to let the world know exactly how uniquely special we are, sometimes our very connectedness leads to finding that we really aren’t that unique after all.  My own...

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University Church Network

As I have alluded in previous newsletters, the beginning of October holds a lot of excitement for me, because it will hold the beginning of a new ministry network that I have created with the help of our General Board of Higher Education and...

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