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.
Want to fight identity theft? Be careful how you treat your information in the real and virtual worlds. Foiling identity theft is no longer just a matter of buying a document shredder and keeping track of your receipts - though it helps. Included are the latest trends and helpful suggestions to help you avoid being an identity theft victim.
If you are like I am, I can get overwhelmed by the amount of information, products, and claims that are out there. You should always check with your doctor before making any kind of health change. With that said, if you are interested in what has been empirically found, I have included what I found most frequently in my search of meta-analyses: Probiotics have been found to effect our body weight, BMI, glucose metabolism and blood pressure to name a few.
We all need to make mental space for ourselves to let go and not be ruminating over the list that isn’t getting done. Give yourself some grace. You can get back to it in an hour or after a nap. Take the time to close your eyes, take a few really deep breaths and appreciate yourself. You are in a hard situation. You are doing the best you can. God knows that and loves us anyway. It doesn’t matter if WE think our list should be all crossed off or if XYZ still needs to be set up. You are enough, just the way you are. Give yourself a few minutes to let that really soak in every single day.
There was also another important factor that contributed to the success of this Annual Conference and that was the graciousness and patience of the delegates and visitors. I love being here in the IGRC. My experience across the Conference was reconfirmed as I led the sessions and walked the halls of the Convention Center. The IGRC is filled with folks that are passionate Christ followers and folks committed to The United Methodist Church.
I believe we are poised for the greatest revival the world has ever seen. The wood is dry, the wind is blowing and all that we need is a spark from the Lord. The best days of the church and of Christianity are not behind us. The fire of God is available and can be maintained if we are serious about obeying the Lord.