2020 Vision

We are entering one of the “High Holy Seasons” of the church. It is a time when our community is seeking the solace, inspiration, and meaning that we offer in our times of worship and fellowship. Advent means “beginning.” It is a time of...

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Discernment and Adjustment

I gave an extemporaneous state of the church report to the Charge Conference on October 17. Upon reflection, here’s a polished-up transcript of what I told the attendees that night. At lunchtime, I was headed over to the campus to have lunch with...

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The Discipleship Pathway

During the month of September, we have for years celebrated the Season of Creation at University United Methodist. This year, we’ll be “going local,” very local, in focusing on the ecology right out the front door of the church and what that view...

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Celebrating Wisdom

As our children and youth return to school, perhaps you can hear an audible “whirr” of minds coming back from rest and play like so many V-8’s revving or bees buzzing. No doubt rest and mental “Sabbath” are as integral to a person’s “growing up”...

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Report from Annual Conference

I’m not sure how many June newsletter articles I’ve written at Annual Conference, but my guess is that it is “every” June newsletter article. It has been a busy annual conference this year with elections for the 2020 General Conference in...

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For the Love of Music

As you probably know if you’ve listened to my sermons, I love music. I often have to “pull back the reigns” when writing my sermons to keep from making umpteen musical references that I find resonating with the text. I was just telling Neva King...

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State of the Church Report

  At our recent Administrative Board meeting, we discussed the need to give everyone involved in our church a better idea of the “state of the church” so that you are well aware of our successes and struggles. With this understanding, we...

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