The IGRC Delegates have been called together by Bishop Beard and are starting the process of preparation for the Called Session of the 2019 General Conference. The special Called Session will focus on the Council of Bishop’s report based on the work of the Commission on the Way Forward.
Thank you all for the many prayers that you have been praying for me as your Bishop, for the Council of Bishops (COB) and the Commission on a Way Forward (Commission). The COB, at our most recent meeting, received the initial report from the Commission on a Way Forward. I want to do my best to share with you an update on the work of the Commission.
The purpose of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. There are many ways to fulfill this purpose, yet too often we do activities for the sake of doing them, with no real purpose in mind. Our challenge is to make strategic decisions as we live out our call.
We’re living in times where it is difficult to take out time to relax and destress. We are all in a hurry to finish one or the other task. This makes life rather tedious, resulting in depression and anxiety. In fact, depression is one of the biggest evils of modern society. There is a new wave of apps available which are capable of helping people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. In this article, we explore the best stress- and anxiety-busting apps for your iOS and Android devices.
Why can't we embrace a routine that need only occupy the time we spend on watching one sitcom a day? The answer is more mental than physical. Adopting an exercise plan requires a change in schedule, lifestyle and perhaps self-image. We need to be realistic, and find activities that are fun.
“Play is the purest expression of love” says psychiatrist Stuart Brown, M.D. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells as well as infection-fighting antibodies which improves your resistance to disease. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins which promote an overall sense of wellbeing. There is wisdom to the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.”
The first holiday season following a death feels like a complicated negotiation. The loss seems to be highlighted by the holiday and all that the holidays bring: family, tradition, and tender moments. Those who are grieving don’t know how to get through the first holiday without their loved person and those who care about a grieving person want to be helpful but are equally confused about how to do it. It’s a situation that is poignantly human.
Rodney King’s question still haunts us. We want the answer to be “yes”, but the reality is that we are facing old and new emerging challenges that threaten to widen and deepen the divide. “No Rodney, I am sad to say that, for the moment, we cannot and will not get along with one another until we share a common denominator.” The horrific events of 2017 provide a template for us to use as a guide for creating unity and togetherness. It has been said that tough times bring out the best in people.
We are reminded that in this and every situation the church of Jesus Christ has been called to be a beacon of hope and light. My prayer is that as we respond to this recent tragedy and others that may occur around us that we will be conduits of God's love and grace to all. This tragic event reminds us that we live in a world that is broken and in disrepair. We need the presence of believers everywhere to demonstrate the love that is the trademark of our faith community.