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Hard Choices

By Alberta Farnsworth, Conference Lay Leader I remember very sanctimoniously saying, “I would never, ever have an abortion. Maybe it is OK for someone else, but not me.” I never did have an abortion. I never got pregnant by being raped. I never had an ectopic...

Who’s Next? It Could Be You or Me

By Alberta Farnsworth, Desert Southwest Conference Lay Leader As a Mom and a Grandma, I found myself wanting to see everyone in my family this week. Just see for myself that they were safe. I have 5 grandchildren, all of whom attend public schools. The schools they...

God Created …the earth

By Alberta Farnsworth, Desert Southwest Conference Lay Leader All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. (John 1:3 NRSV) What a great scripture on which to meditate on Earth Day, April 22. I enjoy trivia tidbits and found a...

Spring in the Desert

I know spring is arriving when my nose begins running. My eyes itch and I sneeze a few times each morning! Each spring I hope for a beautiful wildflower bloom, but I am never sure exactly when or even if it will happen.

Cultural Competency – Step 1

By Alberta Farnsworth, DSC Lay Leader I recently participated in the Cultural Competency training offered by CCORR. I highly recommend this training and suggest watching for your church to offer it. One thing we reflected on was our own individual culture. Where was I...

Spiritual Disciplines -How is it With Your Soul?

By Alberta Farnsworth, Desert Southwest Conference Lay Leader My scripture reading this morning was Exodus 28:1 – 30:38. Lots of specific instructions on clothing for the priests and duties of the priests. I’ve read this before and, I admit, I rushed right...

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