A Season for Intersectionality

I am a strong advocate for intersectionality. I first heard the term during my time in undergrad (more specifically, my first semester in the social work program). Merriam Webster’s Dictionary says this about intersectionality: It’s been around since the late 1980’s but intersectionality is a word that’s new to many of us. It’s used to…

Bringing in the Sheaves

When I was 23 years old, I began to serve as a church minister in a small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My parish was very poor and small with only about 50 members. We had no building so worship was held in a shed with members and their children sitting on the…

Prayer

We all pray whether we think of it as praying or not. The odd silence we fall into when something very beautiful is happening, or something very good or very bad. The “Ahhhh” that floats up out of a 4th of July crowd when the skyrocket bursts over the water. The stammer of pain at…

Settled Dust

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.                                                             – Romans 8: 28…

Everyday Encounters

In worship this past Sunday, I shared briefly how I experienced a moment of gratitude while (of all things) washing the dishes. My hands were drenched in soapy bubbles and I was overcome by a sense of gratitude for the pots, pans, kitchen utensils, and baby bottles, many of which had been given as wedding…

Decembers to Remember

It’s December and December is a big month of remembering at our house. December isn’t just a big month because of Advent and Christmas, December is also a big month because of other things that happen in our lives too. December is the month of remembering big, life-changing events in our family. I love December…

UMW Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity

Putting faith, hope and love into action is a familiar phrase that defines who we are as United Methodist Women. Our local unit knows that in the DNA of UMW is the knowledge that the word “love” in the Methodist tradition is a verb requiring action, not merely a noun. On April 19, members of…

Faith in Action

While preparing for this summer’s upcoming mission trips, I have been reflecting a lot on my own mission trip experiences. My first mission trip was the summer after sixth grade and I still remember it quite vividly. This trip came at the end of a children’s leadership program at my church. We spent three years…

Gratitude by: Rev. Matt Ybanez

No matter how intentional or serious I want to be, there’s a part of me that is afraid I’ll sound like Joe Walsh singing “Life’s Been Good” because for all that I have, I know there are so many more who have not.

Habit by: Rev. Donna McKee

Who among us hasn’t asked the question, “How did I get here?” THIS is how it happens – in increments so small we barely notice.