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…

Juneteenth

I confess that until I became a bishop I had never heard about Juneteenth! My knowledge of African American history was sorely lacking…

Reopening our churches: Lessons from Noah

As we prepare for the slow, cautious process of reopening our churches after these many weeks of seclusion, we can find some helpful advice from the Word of God taken from Genesis 6-9, the account of Noah and the ark…

The Uncertain Devotion

Uncertainty is part of life. It can be the cause of our fears, worries and concerns. It is a principle in science that challenges us to explain how the universe and our bodies work. It is a principle…

Getting back to spiritual basics

When life gets chaotic, we all know that getting back to basics is important. We try to get more sleep, eat healthy food, remember to take our vitamins, get some exercise, go outside every day. Maybe we spend time with family and friends, count our blessings…

Listen to Your Mother

Growing up I would hear these words: “listen to your mother.” Listen usually meant “obey,” and if things were going to go well for me that was usually the best plan of action.  For this Mother’s Day I would say that the “Mother of Methodism,” Susanna Wesley has a few words to say to us…

Building New Routines

A letter from the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society:  In this time of social distancing, do you find yourself missing routines? I miss going to the office each morning, seeing colleagues, and weekly rituals like worship and sharing meals with good friends…