Dear Mom


Posted on May 15, 2017 by Laurie Haller I am not sentimental about Mother’s Day. I’ve never made a big deal out of Mother’s Day and don’t care for the hype and commercialism (an estimated $26.3 billion this year) of this holiday that has roots in ...

A Teachable Moment


During the celebration last fall of our Cambridge UMC's 150th anniversary, I shared the story of how that church taught this minister about ministry. While I was their pastor some years ago the funeral home called to ask if I would offer a funeral ...

Love Instead of Evil

Terry Plocher


In this culture now permeated with violence and disregard for human life, it is not enough to say "all lives matter.” It is beyond my comprehension how we arrived at this bloody crossroads. I do not know how we will change the culture. Nevertheless, ...

An Open Letter to Senator Charles Grassley

Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble


Dear Senator Grassley, Thank you for your long and faithful service to our country as a United States Senator from Iowa. I am writing as one of your constituents; one who has passion for the common good and for the strength that our Constitution ...


Arthur McClanahan


Easter.  It’s about the realized promise of the Good News that, no matter what, the unconditional love of God is with the “very good” humankind created by the Holy One.  It’s about the trying times and the ever-present reassurance that God’s love ...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—Truth, Love, Patriotism

Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble


During the month of January, I have been reflecting on the writings of and listening to some of the recordings of sermons and speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In April of 1967, Dr. King delivered an address at Riverside Church in New York. A ...

The scandal of hatred

Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble


For a very long time Longer than history books record Black people have gathered to pray Churches both visible and invisible Dirt floors and no pianos We were not taught to read Not always given much hope The bible was shared Hope escaped and was ...

We can do so much better

Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble


Mental Health Awareness month Wake up church! We can do so much better. Let's take away the stigma that keeps us afraid of openly embracing mental health ministries and aggressively advocating for better resources for individuals and families ...

Bible Trivia Night

Jaymee Glenn-Burns


Christ United Methodist Church in Toledo Hosts Bible Trivia Night Christ United Methodist Church in Toledo recently received a grant of $255 from the Northeast District to address hunger and poverty in our community. Some people from the church ...

Clashing Metaphors


By Dr. Richard Boatman A few months ago a retired Iowa United Methodist clergyman performed a same-sex marriage in the greater Des Moines’ area.  Not surprisingly, his action has had a polarizing effect, with some celebrating it as liberating and ...

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