2018 - CLAIM WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST

“Claim Who We Are in Christ” is the theme for the 2018 edition of WellSprings Journal. Our theme verse is Haggai 2:3, 5b (NRSV)—“Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Is it not in your sight as nothing? . . . My spirit abides among you; do not fear.”

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In Trust Center for Theological Schools

Amy Kardash, President of the In Trust Center for Theological Schools, explains how the center’s objective is to strengthen theological schools by connecting their leaders to essential resources for mission vitality. She introduces us to the organization’s many offerings, including Trust Magazine, a quarterly periodical for board members, administrators, faculty, and other stakeholders who care about theological education.
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Rebuilding God’s Temple in a Changing World

The Rev. Breanna Illéné, of the Wisconsin area of the United Methodist Church, is one of the bright young clergywomen who is shaping the Church of the future...and the present. She explains how instead of harkening back to the Church's "former glory," we need to rebuild God’s house in a way that responds to the current realities within our communities.
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Dorothy’s Story

The Rev. Dorothy Macaulay, of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, tells how God protected her family during the Liberian Civil War and then inspired her to overcome illness and adversity to become a leader in the Methodist Church in Africa.
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Claim Who We Are in Christ

The Rev. Dr. Patience Kisakye, from Uganda, serving in the Upper New York area of the United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Dr. J. Kabamba Kiboko, President of the African Clergywomen Association (from CongoDR serving in the West Ohio Conference), explain the purpose of the African United Methodist Clergywomen Association, and how it is helping build and shape African congregations and the communities while enhancing the participation of women, children, and youth who make up the majority of the population on the continent and across the church.
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Interfaith Spirit of Justice

At a time when anti-immigrant stories are dominating the news, Rev. Dr. Youngsook Charlene Kang, of the Rocky Mountain area of the United Methodist Church, shares how the interfaith community is bringing comfort and hope to the marginalized. She expresses hope for good pathways for undocumented migrants, because “God is a God of hope and God's mandate for humanity is to live in peace and hope.”
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Journey to Standing Rock

Carol Lakota Eastin, of the Illinois Great Rivers Area of the United Methodist Church, shares memories of the 2016 Peg-Leg Flamingo youth pilgrimage to the Standing Rock Reservation, where these young Native American students joined protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline and gained a greater understanding of their proud heritage.
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Still Claiming Our Identity in Christ

The Rev. Mary Council-Austin, of the Wisconsin area of the United Methodist Church, is a second-generation clergywoman. Her mother turned 90 and has been an ordained minister for more than 60 years. The Rev. Council-Austin recounts the journey of women in ministry – and the triumphs and challenges over the years – while offering encouragement that God stands ready to bless us.
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Reflections on Native Christian Identity and the Longing for Coming Home

Lisa Dellinger, of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Area of the United Methodist Church, draws parallels between the children of Israel, who lived in forced exile under the Babylonian Empire, and Native Christians, whose ancestors who endured a forced, genocidal removal in the Trail of Tears. Both groups learned how hard it is to “sing the Lord’s song in a strange land” (Psalm 137:4). Native Christians are rebuilding their own Temple today by claiming their Indigenous cultures and identities in light of Christ Jesus.
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What’s In a Name?

We call ourselves “Christians,” but what’s in a name? In this powerful message, Jacqueline Rose-Tucker, of the North Georgia Area of the United Methodist Church, uses the words of Haggai the prophet, the Apostle Paul, and the book of Hebrews to show how when we claim the name of Christ, we must remain obedient to Him as we move from fear to faith.

THEMES

2019 – Unity in the Church

2018 – Claim Who We Are in Christ

2017 – Bodies, Oppression, and Gospel

2016 – Birthing a Worldwide Church

2015 – Clergywomen Lead Vital Congregations

2014 – Empowerment for All

2013 – What Next?

2012 – What Does the Lord Require of Us?

2011 – See, I am Doing a New Thing

2010 – Voicing Truth With Grace

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WellSprings, A Journal of United Methodist Clergywomen, is published by the Division of Ordained Ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Editor: HiRho Y. Park

Managing Editor: Barbara A. Dick

Editorial Circle: Patricia Bonilla, Neelley Hicks, Anita Phillips, Jacqui Rose-Tucker, Trudy Hawkins Stringer