In the presence of the unseen Guest, IGRC added it glow to the flame of Coal City UMC and the community to “let our light shine.” I won’t forget good Friday 6-26-15 for a long time.
September 2014, my Cabinet and I visited one of my small, unchartered mission churches in rural Southern Illinois. It is named Cobden UMC aka Jesus es El Senor.
In the wake of a tragic shooting of nine people attending Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is reaching out to their colleague bishops in the African Methodist Episcopal Church with a message of prayer and healing. The bishops also called upon United Methodists to support victims of violence and to work to end racism and hatred. Their message echoed that of a pastoral letter on racism issued by the Council to the people of The United Methodist Church in early May.
As a United Methodist, what can you do to stand over against the cultural challenges to either one being what Wesley envisioned as a “Christian Conference?” Integrity starts with each one of us.
IGRC and South Georgia Annual Conference Ordination Services
Even with all the challenges, I feel like ministry is the greatest job in the world. I really do. As I talk with my friends and parishioners about the struggles they face at work, I haven’t found one yet that I would really trade places with.
Gratitude can be powerful and life-changing. Research has shown that it leads to feelings of optimism and enthusiasm. Forgiveness also plays a role when it comes to gratitude. When you learn to forgive, your levels of depression, anger and stress will decrease. The beauty of gratitude is in its simplicity. What will you do today to show your gratitude?
A daily gratitude practice has been found in multiple studies to benefit our psychological (alert, energetic, attentive) and physical (better sleep and increased likelihood of exercise) health as well as healthier interpersonal relationships (less lonely/isolated, feeling more connected, being more helpful). Studies have also found that depression and anxiety decrease while reports of life satisfaction increase as daily gratitude practice becomes more consistent.