Abundant Life, Central Iowa, Conversations, Gifts, Mission, North Central Iowa, Poverty, Schools, Social Justice

Iowa Falls UMC

I visited an adult class at Iowa Falls UMC on Sunday, December 15th. The class has been using A Place at the Table as a guide to really look at poverty and food insecurity in Hardin County, IA. They asked me to come share about ministries other churches are doing which "go deeper" than meeting direct needs… Continue reading Iowa Falls UMC

Abundant Life, Conversations, Correctional Facility, Poverty, Schools, Social Justice

Income Inequality

Church after church, pastor after pastor, and layperson after layperson name poverty as the most significant issue facing their communities and the world.  Yet poverty is not so much an issue as it is a web of intersecting issues, originating from different sources, yet coming together in a recognizable pattern of violence, insecurity, aborted potential,… Continue reading Income Inequality

Abundant Life, Mission, Psalms, Remembrance, Social Justice

When Giants Pass

This year has seen the death of giants. Earlier this year, Rev. Bob Williams passed away. Just this last week, South Africa lost Nelson Mandela, and the Iowa Annual Conference lost Bob Crandall.I did not know any of these men well, but I have met people they touched. I have been in rooms made uncomfortable by the… Continue reading When Giants Pass