We’re excited to include these three sections–Inform, Inspire, Involve. Here we intend to recommend helpful information, hopeful inspiration and opportunities for involvement that can offer nourishment and possibly direction for your faith journey. Please return to visit these sections again soon and often. And please contribute ideas, information, insights and resources that might be helpful to others. Thanks!

‘Blowin’ in the Wind’

I remember buying a Peter, Paul and Mary album when I was in 7th grade. I sat in the basement with my friends that summer, and listened to every cut of this folk music record over and over again. It was during the time of the Civil Rights movement and the Viet Nam War.  Read more

Lent: Preparing for something better

Christians celebrate and engage the 40 days of Lent as a holy season of preparation, through study, self-denial, sacrifice and finally, spiritual renewal. We remember Jesus’ difficult life-journey of submission… Read more

What does God want for us?

We would all probably agree that God does not want us miserable, tired and cranky.” I read those words in a recent e-mail sent by a co-worker, titled Upcoming Events. She went on to encourage us to “look for, believe for an infusion of joy.”   Read more

Lenten message from UM bishops

The UM Council of Bishops president asks us to engage in spiritual disciplines of self-denial during in observance of Lent while praying, fasting and sharing our resources with others. Read full message  Read more

Octavius V. Catto

On September 26, 2017, a statue of Octavius V. Catto—who lived from Feb. 22, 1839, to Oct. 10, 1871—was erected in Philadelphia in the southwest apron of City Hall. It is the first statue of an individual African American to rise among the city’s 1,700-plus statues…  Read more

Celebrate ‘newness of life’ for 2018

Here are two intimately reflective essays by clergy leaders about best ways to start this new year, 2018, with a healthy and right spirit. Each column, republished with permission from their church newsletters…  Read more

Arrested but undeterred

In a blog post titled “Ten Things You May Not Know about Martin Luther King, Jr.,” by Christopher Klein, published April 4, 2013, we read some interesting facts about the great civil rights leader who changed the world forever. For example, I never knew…  Read more

Spiritual decluttering: A fresh start for a new year

One of the wonderful things about each new year is that it brings with it a sense of a new beginning, 365 days of promise and possibility. Some use this time to bring freshness to their lives…  Read more

Some Christmas reading to inspire your spirit of the season

Are you “all in,” or want to be, when it comes to having and sharing the spirit of Christmas? Got time to do some light reading that just might bolster… Read more

Purple or Blue: What color is your Advent?

When I go to various churches on Sundays during the season of Advent I always ask the pastors, “Do you wear purple or blue stoles?” In recent years we have… Read more