The murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the hate crime causing George Floyd’s horrific death have brought our nation and our church to a tipping place. The Appointive Cabinet denounces the sin of systemic racism and commits to taking action to end a culture of white privilege in our society and in our church.
Ordained ministry is a marathon not a sprint. Like any good athlete self-care is essential. Every United Methodist District Superintendent (and pastor) is offered opportunities to take times of sabbath renewal leave. I have asked for and been granted leave from June 22 – August 22, 2020.
In Jesus’ discussion with a legal expert in Luke 10:27, we hear what God wants from us; “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27, Common English Bible-CEB) Love your neighbor as yourself. Hmmm, just who is he referring to—my extended family, the people who live nearby, people who look like me and act like me? The legal expert wanted that clarified and asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Last Wednesday, Rev. Nancy Cushman shared a devotional video for the Desert Southwest Conference weekly Moment of Spiritual Support in Challenging Times! If you have not have an opportunity we invite you to view her devotion. The direct link to
The month of May holds a couple of national holidays, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. It also ends with an important feast day in the church, Pentecost. Pentecost celebrates the story found in Acts 2:1-13.