Abundant Life, Compassion, Correctional Facility, Domestic Violence, Incarceration, Mission, New People, New Places, Prison, Social Action, Social Justice, Solidarity, The Great Commission, Transforming the World, Whole Community, Women

Setting Captives Free

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

Abundant Life, Conversations, Correctional Facility, Economy, Northeast District, Schools, Social Justice, Wellness

Toledo, Tama and Montour

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Rev. Brian Oliver who serves Christ United Methodist Church in Toledo, IA as well as Living Faith UMC which has two campuses, one in Tama and one in Montour. He called me because he was looking for some resources, answers, and support for the work he has… Continue reading Toledo, Tama and Montour

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

Agricultural Community, Central Iowa, Conversations, Correctional Facility, North Central Iowa, Poverty, Schools, Social Justice

Flowers Blooming in the Desert

I visited with Pastor Anita Bane in the office of the Rockwell City United Methodist Church. It was a blustery, yet beautiful day to drive West of I-35 on Hwy. 20.  The sky was robin’s egg blue, and there was still a little bit of green in the gold of harvested fields. Coming in to… Continue reading Flowers Blooming in the Desert