Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • Beyond the Hashtag
    #MeToo. Have you seen it? All over social media, women have been using the hashtag #MeToo to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. #MeToo was started by Tarana Burke, a survivor of sexual violence, when she created Just Be Inc. more than a decade ago. In an interview… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-11-20
    3 days ago
  • A Way Forward
    For the past five days, I have been meeting with the Council of Bishops (COB) at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. I cannot think of a more beautiful and serene setting for our work around a way forward for The United Methodist Church in regard to issues of human sexuality. I… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-11-10
    2 weeks ago
  • The Power of Difference Making
    Adolfo Kaminsky saved as many as 14,000 Jewish lives in World War 2. How? Because of his commitment to the resistance movement in France… and his dry-cleaning expertise! On the Sunday, October 29 edition of 60 Minutes, the story of 92-year-old Kaminsky dispelled any discouragement I have been feeling about… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-11-06
    3 weeks ago
  • Five Hundred Years of Reformation
    It was one of those seminal moments in human history, a time when we can look back and say with wonder and humility, “The world was never the same after this event.” Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 31, is not only the eve of All Saints Day, but it is the 500th… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-10-30
    4 weeks ago
  • Home to the Heart of God 
    “It’s good to be home,” said Bishop Hee-Soo Jung. Last Saturday, our group of twenty bishops, clergy, and laity from the North Central Jurisdiction traveled from our home base in Incheon, South Korea, to the island of Ganghwa, along the northwest coast. We had a two-fold purpose. First was to… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-10-23
    1 month ago
  • Don’t Make Me Choose!
    While traveling to a denominational meeting, my eyes were immediately drawn to the front page article in the September 15 Wall Street Journal. “A Doctor’s Hard Decision” by Drew Hinshaw was about John Vallentine, a doctor volunteering on a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The Golfo Azzurro is dedicated… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-10-16
    1 month ago
  • The Peacemaking Circle
    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 ones who must come back together to walk in the Sacred Way. Grandfather, Sacred One,… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-10-09
    2 months ago
  • The UMC: Hedgehog or Fox?  
    “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 that he was referring to how both animals react… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-10-02
    2 months ago
  • Our Hearts Were Full
    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 how Bishop Craig led the West… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-09-25
    2 months ago
  • Little Balls of Grace
    “Here, take one of these milkweed balls. We’re going to throw them in the ditches along the road. Please help us save the monarchs!” We were a few days into RAGBRAI, the annual mega-group bike ride across Iowa, and I hadn’t heard the instructions that were given at the previous… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-09-18
    2 months ago
  • The Silver Lining
    He’s a black high school quarterback. 5 of his teammates were pictured in white hoods. It may get worse. (Headline from Des Moines Register, Saturday, September 9, 2017) Last Wednesday, a photo on social media went viral. The photo shows five people with pointed hoods over their heads, resembling the… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-09-11
    2 months ago
  • We’re Ready to Make a Difference … and We Already Are!
    People all over the world have been praying for those in Texas who are still in the midst of intense and even cataclysmic flooding. When Iowans were recovering from the great flood of 2008, United Methodist volunteers from Texas came to clean out and rebuild our houses and businesses. Now… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-08-29
    3 months ago
  • Be the Author of Your Own Story!
    Did you know that you are the author of your own story? StoryCorps is a non-profit organization that has been partnering with Iowa Public Radio during the month of August to record, preserve, and share the stories of Des Moines. Every Thursday during August, selected StoryCorps conversations are aired on… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-08-28
    3 months ago
  • Love, Serve, and Change
    I couldn’t help but marvel. This morning I recorded brief congratulatory videos for a number of United Methodist congregations in Iowa that are celebrating anniversaries this fall. While I would love to attend each anniversary celebration, it is not physically possible. As I checked out websites and tried to get… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-08-21
    3 months ago
  • Prayers on a Stick
    They were unfailingly polite despite my stumbling at times. “Do you have apple pie?” “I’m not sure. Hang on a minute and I’ll check.” “You gave me ice tea instead of lemonade.” “I apologize. My mistake.” “Can you give me that order again? It’s a bit complicated, and I need… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-08-14
    3 months ago

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