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South District Notes
This is where you’ll find the archives of the South District Superintendent’s notes for the Conference-wide newsletter.
My wife Felida and I were officially homeless for almost four months in 2020, from Aug. 24th when we sold our home in Sierra Vista to Dec. 14th when we got the keys to our new home in Vail southeast of Tucson. Because we’re blessed to have a steady income and supportive family, our ‘homelessness’ was a much different and easier experience for us than it is for many people – a walk in the park, really. Three vacation rentals and several visits to my wife’s parents later, we are once again homeowners.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We saw the signs back in October, when the stores started displaying their holiday wares and a few cable channels started airing endless Christmas movies. And now, in this strange season of Covid19, it’s suddenly also Advent Season.
Who did you think of on All Saints Day this week? I thought of my friend Jeanne Long, a church member at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Phoenix when I served there from 2006-2009. Jeanne died last year, close to 90 years old. Jeanne had a heart for reaching out to the world with the love of Jesus Christ that could not be stopped. We had a small and aging congregation at Aldersgate that had been declining for more than three decades, but all Jeanne saw was opportunity.
Creating a Creative Life sometimes takes a bit of work. Taking time to listen to God and journal is one discipline that can help. This fall The Upper Room and members of our Annual Conference have joined together to offer an online retreat titled “Finding Your...
Covid19. George Floyd. A contentious national election. Just one of these would be enough, but this year we’ve experienced all of this, and more. The First Amendment grants Americans the right to peacefully assemble, and over the course of 2020, many people have...
Jesus doesn’t hide from hurting people. Jesus weeps with hurting people. He walks alongside us and weeps with us and encourages us and promises to always be with us. He loves us and won’t stop loving us even when our nails pierce his body and our angry words pierce his heart.
‘Do not remember the things of old,’ the Prophet says. I’m actually pretty good at that one; I have a hard time remembering what happened yesterday, let alone the things of old. Something comes in one ear and, unless I write it down, out the other. Anybody have that trouble?
An abbreviation for Reflection, Action, Courageous Dialogue, and Engagement, the DSC RACE Coalition actively works to promote racially-focused education and dialogue within the DSC, as well as eliminate all forms of racism within the conference. Sitting on the DSC RACE Coalition are Rev. Javier Olivares, Julie O’Neal, Pastor Diamond Pate, Rev. Timote Piukala, Rev. Kimberly Scott, Rev. Khalif Smith, Pastor Christopher Wurpts, with DSC representation by Billie Fidlin.
Listening is essential for all of us at such a time as this in the world and in the Church when there is so much fracture and division and finger pointing, when we tend to be better at shouting at each other than hearing one another. And it’s important for us to listen especially closely to those who are often devalued or sent away.