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Brief book and media reviews, notices of resources, continuing education resources.

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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.
09 Stephanie Anna Hixon

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.
13 Trudy Hawkins Stringer

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.
12 Rena Yocom

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.
01 HiRho Park

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?
09 Merrilee Wineinger

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.
12 Ingrid Wang

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.
06 Elizabeth Tapia

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…
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Creative Worship: The Work and Voice of the People

By Grace Cajiuat. General Conference 2012 raised numerous questions about who we are as a body of United Methodists, and unfortunately, left us more confused and hurt. Trust level was low and tension was high. In the end, radical change didn’t happen. So, what’s next? I believe what’s next is to stand on hope and celebrate the good that is in The United Methodist Church. In knowing ourselves authentically, we can find our call—our call to proclaim the gospel by being honest and offer from our abundance. Yes, we are an abundant community, and we need to discover that once…
04 Nan Self

Book Review: On Thundering Wings

By Nan Self. Ermalou Roller has written a compelling and complex autobiography; interwoven within her personal story is the church trial of the Reverend Gregory Dell, who was charged with having performed same-sex unions for members of his congregation, in conflict with United Methodist Church policies. Many clergywomen will identify with Roller’s delayed call to ministry, after being married and having given birth to three children. More than one clergywoman will identify with the bewilderment of discovering that her husband is gay. Readers are reminded that while each of us sorts out the decisions of our own individual lives, public…
02 Lillian C. Smith

Book Review: Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion, by Wayne Cordeiro

By Lillian C. Smith. This book is an essential read for any pastor, especially those who often forgo taking a day off a week or going on an annual vacation. It is a must-read for those of us who teeter on the verge of a meltdown—spiritual, physical, or otherwise. Truth be told, many colleagues in ministry, myself included, often push themselves to the brink in order to be in ministry. We want to be faithful, successful, often at the expense of ourselves and family.
01 April Casperson

Leading from Your Authentic Self

By April Casperson. Serving in a theological school in an administrative position means that I have the privilege of being a part of many conversations around the sense of vocation and call. I work alongside faculty who are living out their vocation as teachers, and I serve students who are working out their own vocational discernment while participating in academic formation.
02 Soomee Kim

I Am Making All Things New by Mending My Old Self

By Soomee Kim. I awakened, as if from a dream, and realized that in many ways, I was cloaked. I was dressed in antiquated coverings, worn thin, torn, and needing renewal. I felt emptiness; I was yearning for the invigoration of new wine. Any vision for renewal needs guidance, and that requires an outstretched hand. Trustworthy resources help one choose untaken paths necessary to re-cloak and refill. I first thought the process required complete discarding, out with the old, in with the new. Wondering, my choices ran contrary to Jesus’ consultation in Matthew; I layered new fabric on the old…
05 Safiyah Fosua

God Is Doing a New Thing in Worship

Safiyah Fosua. When I convened a group of twenty church leaders in 2004 to explore a different approach to writing liturgy, I had no idea that this gathering would become the seedbed of a new series of liturgical resources. We gathered—with poet, professor, and writing consultant Valerie Bridgeman Davis—in the GBOD Learning Center in late October, thinking that we would first discuss whether or not the black community needed more contextual liturgy for weekly worship and, perhaps later, tinker around with a few calls to worship and prayers.
10 Cynthia A. Wilson

Drink Before You Are Thirsty

By Cynthia A. Wilson. In summer 2009, an intimate gathering of about eighteen church musicians from several denominations met at Calvin Institute. Paula D’Arcy, an author, a retreat leader, and a seminar speaker, gently reminded us of the need for worship leaders and facilitators to drink before they get thirsty. What a paradox that the keepers of the well of worship would have to be encouraged to drink often and deeply!
09 Anita Wood

The (Mis)Understood Deacon

By Anita Wood. By the action of the 1996 General Conference, The United Methodist Church established the order of deacon. This Order, which follows the lay position of diaconal minister and is distinct from the order of elder, seeks to revive the biblical understanding of deacon by focusing its ministry on serving those on the margins, namely, those whom others tend to forget. In Acts 6:1–8, deacons are instructed to serve the marginalized who are widows and orphans; today deacons lead others to serve whoever has needs.

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