Three Questions to Challenge – and One to Encourage – Your Answer to God’s Call

Kim Cape explains how ministry in a rapidly changing world like ours requires dianoia – loving God with one’s mind, loving God with the way we put things together, and loving God with the way we put our world together in the name of the Gospel.

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.

The Body Re-Members

Stephanie Anna Hixon, of the Susquehanna Area of the United Methodist Church, focuses on reconciliation and restoration. She says how the body knows and remembers reminds us that responses to traumatic events, violence, harm, or oppression are matters not experienced solely in cognitive ways.

Jesus Loves the Little Children: Dr. Elsa Tamez and Birthing a Worldwide Church

By Trudy Hawkins-Stringer.

We, the young children in a small United Methodist church my great grandparents helped found, sang loudly, if not always on key, about how Jesus loves all the children of the world. We sang this in the midst of a “exclusively white” congregation in the Jim Crow South with the still-distant rumblings of a civil rights movement in the background. Now, sixty years later, we still struggle with loving across culturally constructed color barriers.

One for All: A General Discipline in the Making

By Rena Yocom.

When I was young and our extended family would gather for dinners, I had to sit at the “kids table.” Granted, there were distinct advantages in sitting at the “kids” table: we filled our plates first and could play as soon as we finished. Even though the multiple tables were a pragmatic solution based on numbers and room size, I still wished that everyone could sit at the same table.

UMC Cyber Campus

By HiRho Park.

If Methodist missionaries in 1800s were able to build educational institutions in countries where they did not even know the language, why can’t The United Methodist Church build the best online educational system in the twenty-first century?

Stewardship of the Self: A Vital Nutrient for Ministry

By Merrilee Wineinger.

Transformation of body, mind, and spirit happens when we take time to care for ourselves and to meditate on God’s will for our lives. When we care for ourselves and live out of our strengths and spiritual gifts, we have the energy and enthusiasm to lead our congregations. In order to lead vital congregations, we need to take care of ourselves first. Then we will have the stamina to walk with individuals and our congregations on their own journeys to health and wholeness.

Deep, Powerful, and Magnificent

By Ingrid Wang.

“Deep, Powerful, and Magnificent!” Don’t these words move your heart and make you want to find out more about whatever they are referring to? As a pastor, I often seek to have a deep relationship with my parishioners, yet this goal seems to be very difficult to achieve. Oftentimes, people are reluctant to open their hearts to deal with deeper issues. It may be fear of being vulnerable, or it may be a trust issue.

Book Review: Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War: A Memoir, by Leymah Gbowee, with Carol Mithers

By Elizabeth Tapia.

At age thirty-nine, Leymah Gbowee wrote her memoir depicting women’s realities, struggles, and powers during the despotic rule of Charles Taylor and his goons in the late nineties. She complained that during the civil war in Liberia, male reporters would give accounts of destruction, brutal rape, and killings, but almost no one reported the courageous sacrifice and contribution of women to peace building and the daily struggle to keep families safe and alive. This book is not only Leymah’s personal memoir of being a peace and women’s rights activist; it is also about Liberian women’s collective story of their love for freedom, dignity, and self-determination.

A List of Preferred Resources

By Elizabeth Tapia, of the Bulacan Philippines Annual Conference, provides a list of resources on Women and Women’s Lives/Ministries, a brief list of books on Christian Mission and World Christianity, and some online resources.