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!


Hyacinth: Thoughts about Lent

As soon as the “Produce Junction” greenhouse put the hyacinths on their flower table, I had to have one. It is still winter but seeing the spring bulb plants spoke to me of…  Read more

Trailblazers

As we celebrate Black History Month it should be noted that trailblazers were a significant part of the Civil Rights movement in this country. Had there not been courageous people who took a stand and moved forward…  Read more

Beware the Sin of Anti-Semitism

World leaders gathered for a ceremony at the former concentration camp and human extermination center Auschwitz on Monday, Jan. 27. They came to commemorate the 75th anniversary…  Read more

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