Freedom

During this 4th of July weekend, when we celebrate our country’s independence and freedom, it is a good time to ponder what freedom really means. Freedom is a privilege as well as a responsibility, or it is not freedom at all. One is free to speak but not necessarily to…

Juneteenth

I confess that until I became a bishop I had never heard about Juneteenth! My knowledge of African American history was sorely lacking…

‘The Signs of the Times’

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Peggy A. Johnson I don’t often take to the streets and participate in peaceful protest marches. However, recently I joined with faithful people in a… Read more

Invisible Things

By Bishop Peggy A. Johnson Victorian poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) wrote a poem titled “Who has Seen the Wind?”* It goes like this: Who has seen the wind?Neither I nor… Read more

Everyone Counts

One of my favorite scripture verses is found in the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians: “The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.” (I Corinthians 12:22) It is a declaration of a fundamental spiritual truth that every person is important, necessary and worthy…

Abre mis ojos: reflexiones sobre inmigración

Por la Obispo Peggy Johnson Una de mis himnos  favoritos de la Escuela Dominical cuando era pequeño era “Open My Eyes” “Abre mis ojos”. Eso fue en parte porque era… Read more

Open My Eyes: Reflections on Immigration

By Bishop Peggy Johnson One of my favorite Sunday School songs when I was growing up was “Open My Eyes.”  That was partly because it was easy to play. At… Read more

Doing the Next Right Thing

I watched the movie “Frozen 2” over the weekend because I ran out of things to do as everything has been closed and canceled. The advice that came up frequently in this Disney film were the words, “When you don’t know what to do, do the next right thing.”

A rock in a weary land

The gospel song lyrics “Jesus is a rock in a weary land, a weary land, a weary land. Jesus is a rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storm” is singing in my head as I ponder the life of Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, who passed away this week at the age of 98…

‘Thursdays in Black’

March is Women’s History Month, and many women have changed the course of history by their excellence in science, social justice, religion, medicine, environmental concerns and just about every field of endeavor…