The Lord’s Prayer: practicing presence

Last week, Sarah McWhirt-Toler shared how our lives can fill up with to-do lists that seem to crowd out life.  She asked, “What possessions do we need to shed so that we might be present with God?” Jesus had quite a to-do list: heal the sick, proclaim the Good News, feed the hungry, save the […]

“I Have A Dream” prayer

God, our refuge and our strength,     we feel the fierce urgency of the now. We long to save the soul of our nation.* We can not be satisfied with injustice- anywhere. We lift up those who endure excessive trials and tribulation. May your creative power redeem their suffering. In our struggles, keep us free from […]

No matter what happens in Portland…

Every four years, during the already divisive American election season, 850 United Methodist delegates from all over Europe, Asia, the Philippines, Africa and the United States gather to conference together, worship together, and create or amend church law.   The delegates are split evenly between lay and clergy. Beginning with a few pages at the Christmas […]