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!


Courage

As we commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over the past week, I have pondered his life and witness, and the word “courage” comes to mind. Dr. King had incredible courage to lead the Civil Rights movement that ultimately…  Read more

Eye of the Needle: A Case for Unburdening in 2020

Jesus said “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to gain eternal life.” (Matthew 19:24). Scholars have contemplated…  Read more

Bishop’s Video for the New Year 2020

“Go for the Gold” (Adapted from a video script by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson) Many of us make New Year’s resolutions in January every year. Health clubs and diet plans abound; but often we forget…  Read more

Hope will blossom

As we light Advent wreath candles while also holding global talks on climate change, we are reminded of God’s redemptive light that dispels the darkness and offers hope to our world. Learn more…  Read more

Walk in the Light

The season of Advent is at our doorstep, and once again we hear the ancient story of Jesus’ birth foretold by the prophets. The prophets give us instruction about preparing for this Immanuel, who is God coming to be with us…  Read more

Sweet Potato Rolls

The parking lot was full when I arrived at the Nelsons UMC in Hebron, Maryland. The annual “Sweet Potato Roll Sale” was in full swing on that crisp fall day in late October. For many years the members of the church have worked for an entire week preparing…  Read more

‘Tear down this wall!’
Bishop urges unity, rejects trials amid conflict over LGBT rights

Bishop Peggy Johnson used the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany to lament the walls she sees dividing United Methodists…  Read more

Discovering God’s will: John Wesley’s difficult decision

He faced a tough choice. Two very different opportunities lay before the newly-ordained pastor. One was a stable position with the church in which he had been raised. The other was an exciting missionary opportunity…  Read more

Honoring our United Methodist vow

The Rev. Roy Hilburn knows the importance of being present in the local church and the community. When he became senior pastor at Coharie United Methodist Church in Clinton, North Carolina, there were eight members, the youngest of whom was 55…  Read more

Bishop’s Blog: All Saints Day

The Church calendar includes “All Saints Day” on November 1 each year to remember truly faithful Christians who have gone before us and to contemplate and perhaps even emulate their heroic lives. One of the benefits of my time…  Read more