October is Pastor Appreciation Month. This is a time to intentionally thank your pastor and leaders. Pastor appreciation should happen every day but because we tend to forget to express gratitude on a regular basis a month has been set aside to make up for our negligence.
“Bishop, do you still have hope for the United Methodist Church?” The question caught me by surprise, but I was ready to answer. Over the years, I have learned to slow down my mouth so that my brain can catch up. I try to respond rather than to simply react. Sometimes my mouth wins the race (I’m sure I am not the only one with this struggle). What I wanted to say was, “I did not know that we had a choice.”
I am requesting that the IGRC family designate November 18th as PRAYER WALK DAY. Churches and ministries are free to participate in ways that will be beneficial to their setting. Some churches with multiple sites will want to join in solidarity. Some communities with more than one UM church will want to work together as a united witness to our connection.
Sept. 1 is our official anniversary as Bishop and Annual Conference. We have been together for one whole year. I wish you could see me doing my “happy dance.” I know there is a way to embed a video link, but that would not be a pretty sight. I do hope you feel like dancing, too! It has been a good year.
Dear IGRC family, What can we do? I've heard that question over and over as the news of those affected by Hurricane Harvey's destructive forces are made known. Because United Methodists are people of action, we often wish to be able to do something to assist. I am writing to encourage your participation in ministry to those suffering from this storm by offering a few suggestions on what we can do together.
Assistance Programs are not designed to be the long-term solution, but, neither is counseling: They are both designed to help move you toward your next step. Next step: What does that mean?
Today, models are used that start with the real work in the first session with an expectation that positive change in the lives can begin quickly. It is no longer assumed that it took years to get to where we are and it can take years to change. We may have had a life time to get to where we are, but we do not need another lifetime to change.
Obesity is a condition that has often been stigmatized because of the perception that it is caused mostly by the modifiable behavioral factors of diet and physical inactivity. Nevertheless, a rich body of literature demonstrates that obesity is a complex disease condition mediated through the interplay of multiple genetic, biologic, metabolic, behavioral, social, economic and cultural determinants.
As summer temperatures rise and fossil fuel supplies fall, the burden of climate change and scarcity will land primarily on the poor, and eventually will come home to all of us. We must practice love and justice in the way we relate to our shared air, waters, lands, and all living things. We must be willing to make changes for a sustainable world. Being smart about energy use is one way we can help.
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