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‘Right tool, right task’

The right tool is on this workbench.

A great grandfather’s workbench continues to serve the next generations of the Heisler family. Today, “Papa” provides starter sets and lessons in what tool is right to do the job.

A Wesleyan response to gun violence

Candlelight vigil after Dayton gun violence

Paul Perez reflects on being part of a targeted racial/ethnic group and shares how to move forward with positive action. 

Seeing differently

Pastor seeing and greeting children and parents at the border

Bishop David Bard asks God to give everyone new eyes; eyes for seeing beyond racism to respond to parents and their children at the U.S.-Mexico border in a new light.

Bishop Bard offers ‘Room for Grace’

Corey Simon conversation with Bishop Bard

Want to learn more about the recently announced Bard-Jones Plan for Unity in The UMC? Listen to this 36-minute podcast, Room for Grace, hostd by Pastor Corey Simon.

Scholars gather for ‘Post Way Foward’ forum

Scholars gather

Thirty-six United Methodist scholars will be in Dallas August 7-8 to discuss next steps for the UMC. Watch at home or join others to become  informed and to shape the conversation.

Faith among the fences

Girl peeking through picket fences

In our laity blog, Power in the Pew, Conference Lay Leader Anne Soles gives counsel from the gospel and a classic poem about navigating the walls and fences of life.

Thoughts on the Bard-Jones Plan

Sketch artist captures the plan of General Conference.

Rev. Chris Ritter says of the Bard-Jones Plan, “They want to end our impasse by providing a means of separation.”  

Splinter or schism ahead?

Woman praying at St. Louis General Conference.

Will the denomination act toward schism or splinter? The author says it’s still too soon to tell what might happen. He urges careful consideration of consequences.

Further from home and closer to God

Hiking away from home in the hills

Rev. Benton Heisler explains that no matter how many miles we travel from home, in joy and in discouragement, God is there to take us in and show us love.

Reflections on personal space

Poppleton Methodist Church in England in a space where John Wesley preached.

Personal space can have a “profound impact on who we are and how we relate to the world,” says the Rev. Glenn Wagner reflecting on a recent trip to England.

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