Inspire

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!


Bishop’s Blog: The Four ‘W’s’

Every day I watch a local newscast that gives COVID-19 updates and health reminders. Yesterday they talked about the “Four “W’s.” They are as follows…

Rev. Gil Caldwell, civil rights pioneer, dies

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell called himself a “foot soldier” in the U.S. civil rights movement. But many across his beloved United Methodist Church remember him as a general for… Read more

“Unity”

A video sermon by Bishop Peggy Johnson. Script: One of my favorite songs that the Deaf choir at my former church ever performed was “Down by the Riverside.” They did it in sign language of course. ““Gonna lay down my burden, down by the riverside, down by the riverside…”

What does ‘peace’ mean in the Bible?

The Hebrew word “shalom” is translated as “peace” in the Bible, Yet, it does not mean calm, but rather, the result of right relationships with God, one another and creation. Read story.

Korean peninsula and ‘Amazing Grace with Peace’

A Korean-American teenager hopes she and others like her can help transform Korea’s demilitarized zone into a peace zone, so that elders like her grandfather can reunite with the families they left behind. Read more…

Lawson: Black Lives Matter a religious movement

As a young man, the Rev. James Lawson was chosen by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to train young civil rights peacemakers to fight racism with love and respect — to step into the fray and say, “I follow Jesus.”

The Power of a Letter

Long ago, an African American teenager from Troy, Alabama, wrote a letter that would help change his life forever. His name was John Robert Lewis and the letter was sent to a pastor by the name of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Young Lewis was inspired…

Tips for when the command ‘do not be anxious’ is hard

Anxiety is an understandable byproduct in a world living with the coronavirus pandemic. But some pastors say it’s possible to limit or eliminate the fear and worry that threaten many. Read more…

‘Love one another’…enough to wear a mask

By the Rev. Candy LaBar*

Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 2:4-5, NRSV

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…