Abundant Life, Conversations, Discipleship, Domestic Violence, Education, Faith, Gender, Global United Methodist Church, Health, Mission, Sexuality, Social Action, Social Justice, Solidarity, Transforming the World, Under 18, Wellness, Whole Community, Women

The Sacred Worth of Women and Girls

Guest Post from Katey Zeh, Director of Healthy Families, Healthy Planet Initiative of the United Methodist Church: When I began writing this piece, I was stopped abruptly by the amazingly weird sensation of the right side of my belly leaping upward.  I’m currently thirty weeks pregnant with our first child, a daughter. For years I’ve… Continue reading The Sacred Worth of Women and Girls

Conversations, Discipleship, Faith, Mission, Northwest Iowa, Social Justice, The Great Commission, Transforming the World, Whole Community

To Be Disciples

On a recent trip across the Northwest portion of Iowa, Pastor David Hobbs, Nathaniel Mason and I visited a number of United Methodist Churches. We simply stopped in for a quick word (or two hour conversation, here and there), and to get a sense for the churches and the communities they serve. I was impressed… Continue reading To Be Disciples

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, Conversations, Domestic Violence, Economy, Mission, New People, New Places, Sexual Assault, Social Justice, The Great Commission, Transforming the World, Wellness, Women

Of Shelter Services and Social Responsibility

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