Talking about tough topics

Jaymee Glenn-Burns


  Photo credit:  Jackie Bradford A guest post by the Rev. Dr. Scott Meador and an invitation to an important learning event “I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no ...

Charge Conferences

Phil Carver


This fall the Northwest District churches are handling their annual charge conferences in a new way. Their district superintendent, Tom Carver, says that “charge conferences are one of the ways we support the mission and vision of the local church.”...

Welcome to my fridge

Jaymee Glenn-Burns


22 …the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. — Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV) Welcome to my fridge. Because I need frequent reminders ...

The Breakfast Club

Phil Carver


The Breakfast Club, a ministry of the Children and Family Urban Movement, is a year-round breakfast program for children. Housed in the Trinity/Las Americas United Methodist Church, the program serves a daily average of 80 children during the school ...

Called to wonder

Jaymee Glenn-Burns


What should our immediate answer be to the question, “What does your church do?”* My church invites me to wonder. It calls me to wonder about God. When my daughter lands her first grown-up job or my mother falls and breaks her hip, when a sunset ...

Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Phil Carver


Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon is the Director of the Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Her ministry provides confidential counseling and consultation for clergy and ministerial professionals of the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church ...

An open letter to the church

Jaymee Glenn-Burns


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


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


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


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 ...

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