Doug Walker works for the General Board of Church and Society establishing Healing Communities, a framework for ministry to persons returning from or at risk of incarceration, their families, and the larger community. He works 15 hours a week on behalf of the wider church trying to bridge the gap between local church life and the… Continue reading Setting Captives Free
Doris Akers wrote a song titled Lord Don't Move the Mountain, sung most famously by Mahalia Jackson, in which the singer asks God not to remove stumbling blocks, "for when our tribulations get too light we tend to stray from thee." Sometimes, as we look out over the world, there are so many really big problems, it can get overwhelming.… Continue reading Lord Don’t Move the Mountain.
I recently had coffee with the Executive Director of domestic violence and sexual assault services for a multi-county area in Iowa. At one point, I asked her how the changes to shelter services were going. For those who don't know, domestic violence and sexual assault services in Iowa are undergoing a massive modernization effort. You… Continue reading Of Shelter Services and Social Responsibility
It turns out I wasn't exaggerating about Plymouth UMC.