In moments like this….

This week in our community has been painful. The deaths of loved ones including Londyn Tippett and Lauren Bajuk have caused unimaginable grief, turned worlds upside down, and left us grasping for any certainties that can give us stable footing. In moments like these, it’s hard to force words up on to a screen. I’m…

Abundance in Georgetown, TX

The Holy Spirit is moving in Georgetown, TX. Youth Mission Trip is a tried and true tradition in the United Methodist Church and it dually serves two purposes: loving our neighbors through acts of service, and building community in the churches on mission. God plays a role in filling us up with an abundance of…

Encountering the Holy

If I were to ask you what images pop into your mind when you hear the words ‘sacred’ or ‘holy’, what would you describe?  If you are like me, and grew up in a mainline protestant church, maybe you think of a sanctuary – tall ceilings, colorful windows with the light shining through at just…

Staying Open

In journalism school, we learned how to ask questions that opened up conversations instead of shutting them down. We were trained to avoid leading questions and to enter conversations with open minds. You never want to assume you know what people want to share with you. Asking only open-ended questions allows the speaker to direct…

Tshiluba Proverbs and Their Meanings

As elsewhere in Africa, proverbs are an integral part of Luba culture in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Passed on from generation to generation for centuries, they are still used today and are much a part of everyday speech. They are used to illustrate ideas, reinforce arguments and deliver messages of inspiration, consolation, celebration and…

Weeping Wildflowers 

Weeds. It’s a constant battle to keep them out of my yard. I mulch and fertilize, but still have weeds that pop up here and there. However, there’s one particular “weed” that I never pull up. In fact, I love and nurture it. According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Widow’s Tears (Commelina erecta) gets…

Can You Land a Plane?

A story broke in the news in the past week about a pilot on a small plane in Florida who suddenly became unconscious. A passenger (with no flying experience) was able to safely land the plane simply by listening to the instructions being given to him over the radio by the air traffic controller (who…

I’m still hmmm-ing…

I recently had the privilege of gathering with clergy across our conference at Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center in Glen Rose. The purpose for the gathering was to reconnect, enjoy time together and to meet with Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr., our new bishop. We had various activities to choose from – porch sitting, cornhole,…

Everyday Discipleship

On Tuesday this week, I was invited to sit with the Bellaire Elementary School Adopters at the HEB ISD VIPS Brunch. The VIPS of HEB ISD are the incredibly dedicated core of volunteers who give their time (a lot of it) to support schools, teachers, and students within the school district. Some of those folks…

All of the Emotions

Well, by now you have probably heard that I have been appointed as Senior Pastor to Couts Memorial United Methodist Church in Weatherford, effective July 1. If you haven’t – Surprise! While my husband and I have been sitting with this information for about four weeks, this weekend it became real.  We have already been…

#BeUMC

I love the UMC. I love the UMC cause when I was too famishedto function, I was nourished at the table.  I love the UMCcause when I was destitutewithout a home, without a dollar,I was equal at the table. I love the UMCcause when I’m sador anxious or depressed, I lay my laments at the table. I love…

On Belonging

I am a part of an online “learning lab” community geared towards those who work and lead in churches.  The theme this month is one that has been on my mind for sometime and I’ve been eager to hear the questions posed and see the responses and conversations generated around the topic: Belonging. From the…