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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, who is the resident bishop of the Baltimore-Washington area of the United Methodist Church, shares insight on leadership styles of faith-filled women. Get to know the “great cloud of witnesses” who have helped form her identity and continue to inspire her walk.
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.
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.