Faith, Health, Poverty, Reconciliation, Social Justice, Transforming the World, Whole Community

Hard Peace

I keep coming back to this idea of a "hard peace." Maybe it is because I am a hard-headed person that I am dissatisfied with the ways people talk (write) about peace and conflict within the United Methodist Church. There are all these "family" metaphors. We are told to rely on our "unity of spirit" and also there… Continue reading Hard Peace

Central Iowa, Climate, Compassion, East Central Iowa, Economy, Health, Mission, North Central Iowa, Northeast District, Social Action, Social Justice, Solidarity, Transforming the World, Whole Community

Iowa Storm Response

With reports of severe weather rolling in every day, I wanted to share this update from Rev. Catie Newman, Disaster Response Coordinator of Iowa. Click these links for a report on the damages in Iowa June 16 and June 18 . For contact information and information on how your faith community can best respond: Suggested Action Steps… Continue reading Iowa Storm Response

Conversations, Fatherhood, Gifts, Men, New People, New Places, Social Justice, Transforming the World, Whole Community

Ministry with Fathers

This Father's Day week, I wanted to highlight ministries of justice and mission whose core was related to the particular experience of fatherhood. I found this article and simply loved the description of how the ministry "Young Dads" came to be. I will draw your attention to the way in which the leaders of this… Continue reading Ministry with Fathers

Abundant Life, Reconciliation, Social Justice, The Great Commission, Transforming the World, Whole Community

Be Reconciled to One Another

In two separate entries for the definition of the word "reconciliation," I think I see the seeds of one of the biggest issues facing American Christians today. There is an entry which says that reconciliation is the "restoration of friendly relations," and the next entry says "reconciliation is the action of making one belief or… Continue reading Be Reconciled to One Another