Leaning into Lent

Leaning into Lent

Leaning into Lent “O God our deliverer, you led your people of old through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide now the people of your church, that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of your...
Statistics and Protocols

Statistics and Protocols

Statistics and Protocols Love does not insist on its own way.  – 1 Corinthians 13:5 The end-of-the-year statistical reports for the Alexandria District churches are almost complete. All churches have reported but one. So we do not have total for the district, but we...

Nevertheless, Good News!

Nevertheless, Good News! “Say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!’” – Psalm 96:10, NRSV The scripture readings during the season of Advent often come from Old Testament prophets or psalms that describe deeply troubled times. Oddly enough, that resonates deeply with...
November Book Reviews

November Book Reviews

November Book Reviews TWO NEW BOOKS WORTH READING Neighboring  by Jorge Acevedo (Abingdon 2019) helps us to see neighboring as a spiritual practice, something we can do every day, just like prayer and Bible reading. It provides biblical, theological, and...
What’s with Mister Rogers?

What’s with Mister Rogers?

What’s with Mister Rogers? “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:37-38, NRSV...
A Sobering Lesson from History

A Sobering Lesson from History

A Sobering Lesson From History “To see Methodism … substantially united would be worth living for and sacrificing for through the toiling of long years.” The Long Road to Methodist Union, p. 108 On November 7, 1919, almost one hundred years ago, a group called the...