Compassion, Economy, Mission, Poverty, The Great Commission, Whole Community

The Worthy Poor

The following is a guest post from Eric Schubert, a provisional member of the Iowa Annual Conference, serving as lead pastor at Greenfield United Methodist Church in Greenfield, IA. I recently gave a sermon series in my church based on the Scriptures about being citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20) and ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians… Continue reading The Worthy Poor

Children, Immigration Reform, Mission, New People, New Places, Poverty, Prison, Response to Violence, Social Action, Social Justice, Transforming the World, Whole Community

Immigrant Children from Central America — Who are the Parents?

Guest Post from Dr. Jan L. Flora and Rev. Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz Our chickens are coming home to roost with the large numbers of unaccompanied Central American children making the life-threatening journey from Central America through Mexico and across our southern border.  Perhaps a better metaphor would be to say that we fail to recognize our… Continue reading Immigrant Children from Central America — Who are the Parents?

Discipleship, Faith, Mission, Police, Psalms, Reconciliation, Response to Violence, Social Action, Social Justice, Suicide, Transforming the World, Whole Community

Drop the Script

Mason City, IA hosted this year's Pyrotechnics Guild International convention. Our house is about 2 miles from the North Iowa Events Center and this week has been one long percussive symphony of pops, cracks, and sizzles as the various fireworks demonstrations have lit up the night sky. This has also been one long week of… Continue reading Drop the Script

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