The annual church conference is one part of a larger vision and practice of Methodism. We can approach the annual meeting as simply perfunctory or obligatory. Or, we can instill it with the intended purpose and meaning. Let us choose to spend our time on purpose.
Perhaps you have read The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The story focuses upon a small town and faith community in the midst of a crucible of stress, fear, anxiety, and tension. Though it was set in the later 1600’s, the setting reminds the reader of our contemporary life. When under the pressure and heat of a crucible, one’s values, priorities, and heart are revealed.
I have been enjoying getting out and cycling. It feels good early in the day before the wind and the heat build. But those are the known and expected challenges. What is tough and sometimes overwhelming are the unexpected or unforeseen challenges.
Welcome to the new appointments in the North District! The United Methodist Church engages in the practice of itinerancy. It is a system of deploying clergy across a conference in order to assure each congregation has the needed pastoral leadership.
Early on Memorial Day, I hiked up into the Spring Mountains near Mount Potosi. I needed some fresh air and exercise. But even more than that, I needed a new view — a view from on high. I made my way off-trail and up the steep terrain, over boulders, and across the loose shale rock.
May brings many celebrations. It begins with the May Day celebration when spring is in full bloom and heading into summer. It is about life and play with May Day baskets, flowers, and dancing.