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Amigos Days offers an opportunity for you to engage in hands-on, local mission work and has become a cornerstone of our North Texas Conference’s connectional growth. It is a strong encouragement to witness, once again, that the UMC outreach tradition continues to thrive with our people willing to cheerfully give their weekends to help others. Amigos veterans have often said the dirtier they get, the closer to God they feel. God’s presence is very real during every hour [...] Read More »
Roll Down, Justice! Worship Series for Lent I hate, I reject your festivals; I don’t enjoy your joyous assemblies. If you bring me your entirely burned offerings and gifts of food— I won’t be pleased; I won’t even look at your offerings of well-fed animals. Take away the noise of your songs; I won’t listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. – Amos 5: 21-24 (CEB) Lent is a time of reminding ourselves who we are [...] Read More »
12th Annual Good Friday Walk Remembering Jesus’ teachings on the day of his death Friday, April 14, 10:15 a.m. “I was an immigrant and a refugee, and you did not welcome me.” (Mt 25:31-45) We walk to welcome, to embrace, to stand with the refugees from Syria and the immigrants who live among us. “I was thirsty and you did not give me to drink.” (Mt 25:31-45) We walk to stand with the people of Flint, Michigan and all who thirst for clean water. “That which [...] Read More »
“We did not ask for this room or this music. We were invited in. Therefore, because the dark surrounds us, let us turn our faces to the light. Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty. We have been given pain to be astounded by joy. We have been given life to deny death. We did not ask for this room or this music. But because we are here, let us dance.” — Stephen King and Bridgett CarpenterI finally binged-watched “11.22.63” this week. It’s got me thinking [...] Read More »
I am a Christmas Christian. I’ve known this for decades now. But only now do I feel brave enough to say it boldly. Because, in many Christian circles, it’s almost like heresy to not say “I’m an Easter Christian.” “Bonding Time: The Nativity in Townville,” by Jan Hines. I’m one of those too. I love Easter. I come to appreciate the metaphor of death and resurrection more every year. I understand —although I personally find no meaning, whatsoever– in the metaphor of “atonement [...] Read More »
Sometimes the whole story of our faith, our culture, and this great political divide between us all is made manifest in small moments that speak to you…small moments that tell big stories. That happened to me as I stood at the door after worship on Sunday. One of the very first couples of shake my hand was an older couple, man and woman, who had been visiting for some weeks now. He shook my hand, but he was frustrated and roiling [...] Read More »