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…

Open mind, Open Heart, Open Ears

Listening Well as We Emerge From the Pandemic As we emerge from the pandemic, each of us is re-learning how to be around each other. The COVID-19 pandemic demanded we isolate ourselves. Many of us got used to being alone so as we begin to gather together in person again, we are invited to be…

Feeling Helpless in the Face of a Tragedy

In 1998, I was studying in Atlanta (Georgia), pursuing my Master Degree at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary. During the summer holidays of that year, I went back home to Congo-Kinshasa to visit my family. The trip went well. I was very happy to see my family and friends for two months. Nevertheless, the worst…

Growing Old

Today is my birthday. I’m sitting this morning drinking coffee, thinking about the many birthdays I’ve had. On my big 4-0, there was a surprise party with a gathering of family and friends who roasted me for what seemed like hours on end. Another birthday fell on Easter and was woven into the joy of…

Don’t Shy Away from the Important Stuff!

I personally think adults do not spend enough time watching animated movies. There are some GREAT animated films out there (full-length and shorts),  and if people really took the time to check them out, they might realize that the films cover some very important topics that need to be discussed with children. Animated films can…

Liminal Space and General Conference

Liminal space is a place of transition, a threshold between two points, signaling the end of one time or space, and the beginning of another. If you aren’t familiar with the term, “liminal space,” my guess is you are well-acquainted with the feeling of being in such a space. It is that in-between experience, the…

The Church and the Metaverse?

Heads up: This blog is filled with a lot of questions and very few answers.   My kids asked for an Oculus for Christmas this year. An Oculus is a virtual reality headset. I think it might have been a gift to kids, from Dad, for Dad. When you put it on, you are whisked away…

Holy Fools

I grew up in the 1970s and 80s. Iron Curtain. Cold War.  As a young child, I wasn’t really sure what all that meant, other than Russia (then Soviet Union) was the enemy and they had nuclear weapons. I watched “The Day After” and in my childhood brain, nuclear fallout and radiation poisoning grew as…