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!


Believing and being there for domestic violence victims

By Bishop Johnson
October is Domestic Violence & Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Month (Also known as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month).   Read more

History Revisited

Every October when I was in grade school we sang the same song: “In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” I learned about this brave sailor, who challenged the thinking of the time that the earth was flat…  Read more

Loving others in our family of faith

Galatians 6:10 says, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” These words of the Apostle Paul give us clear direction to be about doing good works…  Read more

Churches, communities of hope ‘make room for a new future’

By the Rev. Jennifer Freymoyer—On August 15, the Rev. Steve Morton and I traveled to some of the churches and towns most affected by the flooding in our North District. I’ve been in…  Read more

Bishop’s Blog: “A Place at the Table”

The United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities met at Gallaudet University for a three-day conference for the purpose of education, advocacy and support (August 1-3, 2018). The theme was… Read more

Turning as delight

In 1848, Elder Joseph Brackett, Jr. (1797-1882) a member of a sect known as the Shakers, located in Alfred, Maine, wrote the words and the tune to “Simple Gifts.” ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ‘tis the gift to be free, ‘tis the gift to come down where we ought to be.  Read more

The secret to forgiveness: Focus within

United Methodists know we ought to be forgiving people. The Bible instructs us, “As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other,” (Col. 3:13), but that is often much easier said than done. Continue…  Read more

What United Methodists can do about suicide

In addition to the grief and loss that comes with any death, surviving family members and friends struggle to understand. They are filled with additional questions… Learn more.  Read more

Freedom

By John W. Coleman–Adapted from a sermon on Mark 5:1-20, preached July 1, 2018, at Servants of Christ UMC Philadelphia. The demon-possessed man languishing among the dark tombs in Gerasenes ran to Jesus…  Read more

Communion: The Meal that Makes Us One

As one of two sacraments of The United Methodist Church, Holy Communion has become a practice repeated time and time again to receive nourishment for the journey of being a… Read more