Happy Opening Day!

In honor of Opening Day, we’re happy to share this creative reflection by one of our church members, Scott Kirtley.  This was written several years ago, but it is a good time to share it more broadly. This past week, our Men’s book club...

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Doing Nothing for Lent

In the midst of a tremendously busy week at the tail-end of a busier than usual February, I write this Pastor’s Perspective leaning toward a blogpost I read today from The Jesuit Post, called “A Not-So-Radical Proposal for Your Lenten Season: Do...

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Just Mercy

February is “Oscars Month,” when movies take on a lot of attention, as well as Black History month.  March is Women’s History Month. February 28 is the centennial of Oklahoma’s ratification of the 19th amendment. We plan to celebrate all of these...

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Being Here

Often in January, churches celebrate a “covenant renewal” service on Baptism of the Lord Sunday. As we have marked this occasion with the Wesleyan covenant renewal service in years past, we’ll do so again on Sunday, January 12. Anticipating that...

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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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