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The Joyful Journey: Autumn reverie

10/6/2022

We miss something deeply important if we neglect opportunities to slow down, watch the leaves change colors, and let a cool autumn breeze kiss our cheeks.


Is your congregation making an impact?

11/10/2022

As we grapple with how to measure and evaluate what we're doing, Success Equations might be the right tool to help us succeed.


Reflecting on odd space

11/4/2022

In this blog post Rev. Donna Dempewolf reflects on all the odd experiences during her time at 2022 NCJ and on her gratitude for Bishops Dyck and Ough and the newly elected bishops.


Reminders of God's Work and Blessings

11/3/2022

In this blog post, Rev. Henry Dolopei II, a clergy delegate for Minnesota, writes, "throughout the day, God reminded me through proclamation, our leaders, and his people that God will not leave nor forsake us. The Holy Spirit will always be at work to empower his people to love God and love neighbor and to heal a broken world." He shares his joys and reflections on the second day of NCJ ...


Inhaling Hope, Exhaling Gratitude

11/2/2022

"We, as a people of faith, acknowledge the power of prayer, but today I experienced it. The Spirit moved so freely, beginning with worship carrying the message of grace and wholeness for all." Cindy Saufferer, a Minnesota alternate delegate to the NCJ Conference, shares her perspective on the first day.


The Joyful Journey: Autumn reverie

10/6/2022

We miss something deeply important if we neglect opportunities to slow down, watch the leaves change colors, and let a cool autumn breeze kiss our cheeks.


The Joyful Journey: Theology, scripture, and the continuing UMC

9/7/2022

Bishop David Bard corrects misinformation and shares the theology he believes will guide the future UMC, including its grounding in the historic tenets of the faith.


The Joyful Journey: It's complicated

8/4/2022

The moral obligation to be intelligent and the ability to recognize, appreciate, and account for complexity have something to do with being mature in Christ.


What we can learn from church plants in Seattle

8/4/2022

Christianity is not dying; it is changing for the good. Nominal and cultural faith is shedding meaningless practices and labels while people of genuine faith are becoming more regular in their practices and committed in their convictions.


Church closures: The story behind the story

7/19/2022

We are a resurrection people who believe that new life springs forth from death. Here's how the missions of two churches that closed are continuing in new ways.


Hanging on to hope

7/13/2022

What if we intentionally foster community? Would hope increase and would there be more light all around us? Would that begin to change our world?


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