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An open letter to the church

Jaymee Glenn-Burns

10/10/2017

How do we learn what it means to love God and neighbor in this mixed up, messed up, infinitely beautiful world? Dear Church, I need your help. Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires.  Creation is groaning with anguish.  What can I do to “till ...


Ken Willard Workshop

Phil Carver

10/9/2017

First United Methodist Church in Webster City hosted one of a series workshops last week to help local church leaders develop discipleship pathways. Ken Willard led the events, which were designed to further the “Wildly Important Goal” of the Iowa...


The Peacemaking Circle

Bishop Laurie Haller

10/9/2017

The Peacemaking Circle Posted on October 9, 2017 by Laurie Haller Grandfather, look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation Only the human family Has strayed from the Sacred Way. We know that we are the ones who are divided And we are the ...


Five dollars worth of God

Jaymee Glenn-Burns

10/3/2017

Part of discipleship is community and connection. Pastor Chris Ebbers is one of those preachers whose deep thinking and generous spirit inspire me. In this guest post he reflects with honesty and grace about the challenge of living as a disciple of ...


Muscatine Fiesta

Phil Carver

10/2/2017

On Saturday, Sept 16, 2017, San Pablo United Methodist Church in Muscatine hosted a great fiesta in conjunction with Mexican Independence Day. The gathering attracted nearly 100 people. Participants had a wonderful opportunity to see the Quad City ...


The UMC: Hedgehog or Fox?

Bishop Laurie Haller

10/2/2017

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” This quote is attributed to the 7th century b.c. Greek poet and soldier Archilochus. Archilochus did not provide a background for his reflection, but it is generally accepted today ...


Beloved

Jaymee Glenn-Burns

9/27/2017

When did I learn that I was not enough?  Was it that day in Sunday School when I was happily drawing random multi-colored lines on my paper plate and my teacher said, “Jaymee, why don’t you color pretty like Annie?  You’re just scribbling”?  Was it ...


Great Beginnings Preschool

Phil Carver

9/25/2017

The Columbus Junction United Methodist Church plays host to the Great Beginnings Preschool, which offers quality care and education to children from ages three to five in their community and the surrounding area. Kids from all walks of life share ...


Our Hearts Were Full

Bishop Laurie Haller

9/25/2017

I distinctly remember when Bishop Judy Craig was elected to the episcopacy in 1984 and was assigned to the Michigan Area. As a young pastor who did not grow up in a denomination that permitted women pastors, let alone bishops, I was fascinated by ...


Small things

Jaymee Glenn-Burns

9/19/2017

Image credit:  Wikimedia Commons What if the small things matter more than we imagine? One thing that can drown out racist chants, bagpipes.  If you’re a #Resistance bagpiper you know what to do. (https://twitter.com/RedTRaccoon/status/898887782067...


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